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County’s prosecutors, others in criminal justice deal with budget cuts after COVID-19 hits revenue

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Megan Crepeau

Cook County prosecutors must take five days of unpaid furlough before early November, and other county offices in the criminal justice sector are exploring ways to deal with a coronavirus-related budget crunch.

“As a result of unexpected expenditures and revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the county level, we have been directed by the Cook County Budget Office to make significant, unanticipated cuts to our 2020 fiscal year budget,” read a July 6 email to state’s attorney’s office staffers obtained by the Tribune.

That office is also looking for reductions in “non-personnel accounts,” according to a statement.

The Cook County sheriff’s office said in a statement that there will be “very limited hiring” in the next 18 months, and that units may be eliminated. The office is also looking for savings via automation and consolidation.

Sheriff Tom Dart said in an interview Tuesday that he was told to cut 10% to 15% of his budget, which would amount to $60 million to $70 million.

While he said he is confident the county will be reimbursed for its massive expenditures on infection control at the jail — thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer, hundreds of thousands of masks — making the extra cuts will still be “tricky.”

“Layer on top of it folks jumping up and down (about) defunding police … we’re looking at a huge $60-$70 million cut right now,” he said. “How can I continue to (control COVID-19 at the jail) the right way if I’m eviscerated here? It’s going to be difficult.”

Lester Finkle, chief of staff for Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli, said the office is working through the budget process, and has not raised the issue of furloughs or cuts with the unions representing its staffers.

The chief judge’s office does not anticipate any furloughs or layoffs, according to spokeswoman Mary Wisniewski.

“The county holdback target was about $17.2 million. We have found budget reductions of about $19.3 million and we’re trying to find more savings where we can,” Wisniewski wrote in an email.

mcrepeau@chicagotribune.com

Megan Crepeau

Megan Crepeau is the Tribune's Cook County criminal courts reporter, covering trials, policy and legal affairs from her post at one of the nation's busiest courthouses.


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