Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on budget cuts in the State's Attorney's office

Looks like the State’s Attorney will back down.  That’s not something a criminal defense attorney gets to say most days.  Unfortunately, it’s not about a criminal matter.  It’s actually about the administration of Cook County prosecutions.

From Chicago Breaking News:
Cook County State’s Atty. Anita Alvarez began notifying more than 100 administrative employees today that their positions are being eliminated due to a 10 percent spending cut likely to come when the county board votes on a budget later this month.
The 108 employees -- including secretaries, clerks, victim-witness specialists and community outreach employees -- were being notified in person to comply with a union-mandated 30-day notice of termination, said Sally Daly, spokeswoman for Alvarez.
“We are providing notice that their positions will be affected by the mandated budget cuts,” Daly said. “It’s a tough, tough day for this office. The people that we’re being forced to lay off, we’re not asking them to leave because of poor job performance.”
 Many, including ASA’s, are wondering if they are next.  It would be a travesty, but I really don’t know how we curtail the essential services the County provides.

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