Chief Judge Timothy Evans, as promised, has filed a complaint against Cook County for the 161 layoffs imposed in his office as part of the 2018 budget, as well as a general administrative order that orders the clerk and sheriff to fully perform all their office’s respective duties.
- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is representing Evans. The complaint filed Thursday afternoon in the Circuit Court of Cook County Chancery Division names Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Treasurer Maria Pappas. Evans is seeking an injunction for Preckwinkle to provide “sufficient financial support to ensure the proper operation of the court system,” and enjoin the county “from taking any action in processing the termination, separation or layoff of any employee of the Circuit Court without approval from the chief judge or his designee.” The county has no authority to select specific non-judicial employees to be laid off, is underfunding key departments, and rejected his reasonable alternative budget solutions, Evans argued. A hearing is scheduled this morning at 11:00 a.m. in courtroom 2403 of the Richard J. Daley Center.
- HIV Rates Update: Chicago has seen a “historic decline” in new HIV diagnoses, according to The Chicago Department of Public Health. Commissioner Julie Morita, M.D. is scheduled to make an announcement at a World AIDS Day event Friday. At the event, Morita will unveil the findings and release the city’s latest HIV/STI Surveillance Report. [This one is from 2016.]
- City Wage Rules Not Followed, IG Audit Finds: Inspector General Joe Ferguson released an audit Thursday that found some city contractors and subcontractors are not complying with the city’s Base Wage Ordinance. The audit reviewed four securities guard and janitorial service prime contractors and their subs, finding, “three of the four subcontractors paid between $0.02 and $3.04 less per hour.” The audit reports 150 employees were shortchanged a total of $291,816 over a three-year period. The OIG recommends the city’s Department of Procurement Services implement a more robust tracking system to determine cases of wage theft. In 2015, the City Council set Chicago’s minimum wage at $10.00 per hour for non-tipped employees with fixed annual increases every July 1 through 2019. [Audit / Press Release]