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Hearing on guard staffing at County Jail postponed

Friday, January 14, 2005
Chicago Tribune

COOK COUNTY -- A contempt hearing in federal court over staffing issues at the Cook County Jail has been pushed back for a month until the County Board passes its 2005 budget.

U.S. District Judge George Marovich had set the hearing for two days in February after county officials and lawyers representing inmates failed to reach an agreement on the number of new jail guards to be hired.

All sides agreed this week to reschedule the hearing for March after County Board President John Stroger proposed adding 283 positions at the jail.

The contempt hearing could be canceled altogether if the budget is approved with the new positions intact, although other staffing issues may remain, said Robert Lehrer, one of the inmates' lawyers in the consent decree governing jail conditions.


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