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

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  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.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



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

Lincoln Speller Advances To Cook County Competition
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Journal Online

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County sheriff: Sex sting netted 79 would-be 'johns'
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Daily Herald

Preckwinkle: Restore state funding or we'll cut staff, services
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Daily Herald

Preckwinkle’s Office Briefs Board On Impact Of State Budget Stalemate
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
CBS Chicago WBBM

Centennial Volunteers project expands to four new sites
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

128 Cook County Jail Workers Called Out Sick on Super Bowl Sunday: Documents
Monday, February 08, 2016
NBC 5 Chicago

Cook County plans to complete high-speed Internet project in 2017
Friday, February 05, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Niles approves tax incentive for developer eyeing Lehigh Avenue property
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Pioneer Press

Mitchell: County commissioner says gun violence warrants a 'state of emergency'
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Opinion: Why police shooting cases need outside prosecutors
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail culinary training program receives MacArthur Foundation Award
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Time Out Chicago

Jail inmates target female guards, lawyers with sexual abuse
Monday, February 01, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County sheriff announces jail consolidation
Friday, January 29, 2016
Daily Herald

Panhandlers collect $3K in court
Friday, January 29, 2016
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Forest Preserves of Cook County Joins Outdoors Empowered Network
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Jail Cooking Program Wins $50,000 MacArthur Award
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
DNA Info

Panhandlers battle in court over begging at Daley Plaza
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Jail isolates detainees because of flu-like symptoms
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Special Unit Searches for DCFS Runaways
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
WBEZ

all news items

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