Monthly Archives: November 2009

James Vanzant named 23rd Jack Carey Scholar

The Jack Carey Scholarship Selection committee met on November 19th to discuss the applicants for the Winter/Spring 2010 Award.  The committee, consisting of local president K. S. Galhotra, Melissa Smejkal, Michael Morrissey, Viola Rouse, Hon. Paul Stralka, Daniel Kiss,and David C. Thomas voted and chose James Vanzant as the winner. James was clerking over the […]

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Unicare Health Insurance Update

One of our members, who is directly affected by Unicare’s decision to leave  Illinois, has provided me with  the following update on the whole Unicare Health Insurance issue:      Today I spoke with a representative from Cook County Risk management regarding Unicare discontinuing services in Illinois and the arrangement with BlueCross/BlueShield(BC/BS) to provide replacement coverage.  […]

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Stu Smith Retires

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Attorney General Holder on Public Defenders

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Brennan Center for Justice Legacy Awards Dinner WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following are prepared remarks of Attorney General Eric Holder at the Brennan Center for Justice Legacy Awards Dinner: Thank you, Jim, for that wonderful introduction. It’s always a pleasure to […]

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Thanksgiving Message

As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, let’s consider some things we should be thankful for as members of Local 3315, the Cook County Public Defenders Association. First, even though our collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was set to expire on November 30, 2008, we are still governed by the terms and conditions of all of its provisions […]

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Pamela Leeming Appointed to Full Circuit Judgeship

The good news just keeps on coming!  Only a few days after we were celebrating Bernie Sarley’s rise to the bench did we find out that the Illinois Supreme Court is appointing our sister, Pamela Leeming (LRD) to fill the vacancy of Judge Carol Pearce McCarthy starting on December 1, 2009.  Please join me in […]

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