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Circuit Court Chief Tim Evans keeps fired probation chief as adviser

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
by Michael Sneed

Out of order!

In a foxy attempt Monday to stave off the bazooka he knew was coming this week, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans suddenly dismissed his acting adult probation chief, Jesus Reyes — whom he appointed in 2005.

To wit: The firing of Reyes came in advance of an expected expose of the court’s pretrial and probation services this week following an audit by the Illinois Supreme Court.

The shocker: Evans, who appointed Reyes and refused to replace him despite serious management complaints for years, is allowing Reyes to continue serving the Circuit Court as an “advisor for research and policy”!

Ya gotta be kidding. Isn’t that like keeping the fox in the henhouse?

Let’s get out the broom, folks.

The court system needs some serious dusting and cleaning despite Evans’ successful re-election strategy: leaving judges alone; not bothering them; and ignoring judges who come in late or leave early.

They are the ones who elected Evans to a three-year term and re-elected him for a fifth time last fall.

Sneed is told two female sharpshooters have had the sloppily run court system in their gun sights for the past two years: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, who headed Cook County’s Justice Advisory Council, which advised Preckwinkle on justice reform.

Stay tuned.



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