Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Juvenile center returns to court
ACLU and county expect a hearing on alleged violations

Saturday, December 31, 2005
Chicago Tribune
by Jeff Coen

The fate of the troubled Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center appears headed for a court fight, after lawyers on both sides said Friday they remain too far apart to settle.

Attorneys for the county and with the American Civil Liberties Union said they expect U.S. District Judge John Nordberg to schedule a hearing when the two sides are back in his courtroom Jan. 11.

The ACLU contends the county is in violation of a 2002 agreement that settled its 1999 class-action suit over center conditions. It has asked the judge to appoint an independent manager to oversee reform. Cook County argues reforms are progressing, and that an organization specializing in the care of disadvantaged children, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has started a review.

Benjamin Wolf, associate legal director for the ACLU, said the county's promises are not enough, especially in light of continuing internal reports of "riots" or group disturbances, similar to those reported in the Tribune earlier this month.

"We're tired of responding to press releases," Wolf said. "We need to cross-examine witnesses."

Assistant State's Atty. Patrick Blanchard, lead attorney representing the center, said the county denies allegations raised by the ACLU, most notably that center residents have been the victims of systemic abuse in the facility.

"We believe a public hearing will clear the air," Blanchard said.

Blanchard said J.W. Fairman, the Cook County public safety director, has been deposed by lawyers in the case and that experts for both sides toured the facility in mid-December in anticipation of testifying. Blanchard said he also expects to ask the judge to allow the county to depose center residents.

In its latest filing Thursday, the ACLU accused the county of violating the federal court pact for three years, though "they now seek to create the impression that they have entered a new era in which everything will change almost overnight."

The center has no management information system as required by the agreement, the ACLU filing said, and the county is "unable to organize critical data about events such as riots and injuries to children and staff at the detention center."

Blanchard said the county denies that anything like a riot has taken place at the center. The county's court filing Dec. 14 promised that Supt. Jerry Robinson is expanding staff training and refining a system to "ensure more accurate reporting and tracking of incidents and individuals involved."



Recent Headlines

Morning Spin: Preckwinkle says no way to embattled Brown's request for raise
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Dorothy Brown asks for pay raise while under federal investigation
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Fox 32 Chicago

Cook County medical examiner resigns, citing stress of transforming office
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Morgue chief credited for turnaround quits
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County circuit clerk wants a raise
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Daily Herald

Forest Preserves of Cook County to host The Big Sit
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Fed probe doesn’t faze Dorothy Brown, who just asked for a raise
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Old Cook County Hospital to be redeveloped
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The Architects Newspaper

Suburban homeowners balk at big jump in assessments
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Crain's Chicago Business

COALITION ANNOUNCES HENRY ENGLISH SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Monday, May 02, 2016
Chicago Defender

Records: Cook County issued hundreds of citations at forest preserves
Monday, May 02, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County clerk reverses course, allows disputed Harvey levy vote to stand
Monday, May 02, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Opinion: When is jail guard force brutal and excessive?
Sunday, May 01, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Nature Preserves Holding Annual Big Sit Bird Watching Event Next Weekend
Sunday, May 01, 2016
CBS Chciago

Mitchell: Domestic Violence Court tries a new approach
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Final Multiplier Announced
Friday, April 29, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Documentary on Cook County Forest Preserves airs May 15
Friday, April 29, 2016
Daily Herald

Zip lines coming to Cook County forest preserve — but Preckwinkle won't be riding
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Harvey tax levy rejected by Cook County clerk in wake of chaotic meeting
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Blow off your job, risk losing it
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP