Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

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:  
   
 
 

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

   
 

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

   
  Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     



Reappoint Cook County public defender — or find somebody who’s just as good
Amy Campanelli has been one of the most proactive and committed public defenders in the county’s history. She set the bar high.

Sunday, February 21, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times
by EDITORIAL BOARD

The Cook County public defender has one of the most important jobs in the criminal justice system. The incumbent, Amy Campanelli, is finishing her first six-year term and is interviewing for another six years.

We don’t know the qualifications of all the other applicants. But we do know this: Whoever gets the job going forward must be at least as good as Campanelli, which is a tall order. Campanelli has been one of the most proactive, committed public defenders in the county’s history.

Editorials

The county public defender runs a staff of more than 500 lawyers in 15 divisions who represent indigent defendants in 14 courthouses. Their work has a huge impact on their clients’ lives. The person at the top needs to be someone who ensures that the office is delivering the best possible representation. The work of the public defender never ends.

There is some concern that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle might select someone else, although Preckwinkle says she is only going through the same review process with a five-member selection committee that she used six years ago to select Campanelli. Nobody, she says, should read anything into that.

Preckwinkle is expected to make her decision in the coming week, and the county board is expected to vote on that nomination before Campanelli’s term runs out on March 31.

“Campanelli is a no-nonsense reformer who looks at the entire system to see where there is unfairness that can be changed in sensible ways,” Jennifer Vollen-Katz, executive director of the John Howard Association, a prison reform group, told us. “She is progressive and is an incredible advocate for her clients.”

Campanelli created a team of public defenders who go to police stations to make sure people get legal representation and do not waive their rights. She created a mental health unit, as well, and an immigration unit to provide free representation when necessary.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with what she has done,” said Rob Warden, the co-founder and retired executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions who sits on the Public Defender Advisory Board, which exchanges ideas with the public defender.

We’re told there is friction between Campanelli and her unionized work force of lawyers. And she was criticized for not doing enough to deal with a pattern of “masturbation attacks” by Cook County Jail inmates against assistant public defenders that led to a $14 million legal settlement. But the jail is not under her control.

Amy Campanelli is smart, diligent and hardworking. She deserves to be reappointed. But no matter whom is appointed, Campanelli has set the bar high.

Send letters to letters@suntimes.com.



Recent Headlines

Jane Balaban Honored as 2021 Unsung Heroine
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Public Defender’s office warns of scam after someone listened in on Zoom court proceedings
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
WGN News

Vaccine site for first responders, school staff opens at New Trier High School
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Daily Herald

Cases of More Transmissible COVID-19 Variant Up 64% in Illinois: Officials
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
WTTW News

For the Love Of Water (FLOW) is a summary of news from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

Kaegi slams foes, vows to revamp Chicago property assessments
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Crain's Chicago Business

Illinois smokers now prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Text Messages From Cook County Health Asking For Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination Get Mistaken For Scams — But They Aren’t
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
CBS Local

City Club of Chicago: Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
WGN Radio

Illinois administers record 130K-plus vaccines, as expansion of eligibility opens outside Chicago and Cook County
Monday, March 01, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Landmarks: That spiky plant you see everywhere along area roadsides? It’s teasel, and it’s just one of many invaders
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Daily Southtown

Video gambling license fees temporarily halved under COVID-19 relief bundle approved by Cook County Board
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board President Preckwinkle Announces Partnership to Provide Free Support and Assistance for Student Loan Borrowers in Cook County
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

Activists ‘disappointed and not surprised’ after $181.7M of Cook County’s coronavirus relief funding spent on reimbursing sheriff’s office payroll
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Cook County ‘ramping up’ vaccinations, contact tracing faster than federal dose delivery, officials say
Thursday, February 25, 2021
The Daily Line

Trying to get your first COVID vaccine dose in Illinois? It may be a while.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Treasurer Announces Changes in Property Tax Bill Requirements Due to Pandemic
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

Here’s How Cook County Is Trying To Convince Jurors To Show Up For Court
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
WBEZ News

Pritzker: Illinois to Receive 100K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Daily by Mid-March
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
WTTW News

Contenders for Cook County public defender appointment include some high-profile names
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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