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12.09.11 2011 State Judicial Directory Now Available!
Category: Newsletter Archive

Since 1970, the Chicago Council of Lawyers has been evaluating State Judges in Cook County. Now in its Ninth edition, the current directory is a compilation of judicial evaluations from 1986 through March 2011 of Circuit Judges and Associate Judges in Cook County as well as Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court Justices, First District.

11.08.11 Chicago Council of Lawyers Published Letter to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Category: Recent Press

Law organization discusses judicial appointments, recall

11.03.11 Blog: Smart Criminal Justice Policies Gain Momentum in Chicago, Cook County
Category: Blog

County and City officials have taken bold yet prudent steps toward sensible, cost-effective public safety policies. The County has expanded use of electronic monitoring and the City is now considering issuing a fine in lieu of arrest for marijuana possession-a move many suburbs have already made. Both plans aim to relieve the mounting fiscal, political, and humanitarian costs imposed by crowded jails and overburdened police and courts. They also represent incremental steps toward fundamental, systemic reform.

11.01.11 Annual Fundraising Luncheon: Thank You
Category: Recent Press

We would like to thank everyone who attended our annual fundraising luncheon. In addition, we want to thank: Senator Kwame Raoul - Keynote speaker and recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for his successful effort to end the death penalty in Illinois; Cynthia Canary - Recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for her tireless efforts to bring about reform of the Illinois political process - seeking new levels of transparency and ethics in Illinois government; and Professor John P. Heinz - Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to bringing about reform through social science research, teaching, and helping nonprofit organizations reach their reform-minded goals.

11.01.11 Anonymity and Integrity in Researching Judicial Performance
Category: Blog

Recently, Chicago Appleseed was asked about unsolicited anonymous comments about judicial retention candidates and whether they play a role in the data collection for the Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County's (the JPC) evaluations. The integrity of our data is paramount and we strive to use only valid sources of feedback. Nonetheless, the most valuable commentary we can collect from survey respondents is candid, honest commentary. In our data collection effort, therefore, we balance the privacy needs of data sources against our need to verify their responses. You can read this entire statement over at our blog.

09.26.11 SAVE THE DATE! - Annual Fundraising Luncheon October 5, 2011
Category: Recent Press

Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers invite you to their Annual Fundraising Luncheon.

09.12.11 Community-Involved Efforts Lead to Record CPS Attendance Level
Category: Blog

Chicago Public Schools enjoyed a 94.7% attendance rate on the district's first day of school. The turnout this Tuesday marks a four-year high, and a jump from 92.9% last year. CPS attributes the turnout largely to coordinated efforts among the schools, community organizations, and families. One of the main causes of poor first-day attendance is [...] Read more about this over at our blog.

08.26.11 What We Read, August 22-26
Category: Recent Press

Judicial Elections and Judiciary Reform: Last month, the Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel issued an opinion with guidelines on judges and the use of social media. Immigration Court Reform: On August 17, in Chicago, the Department of Homeland Security held a public hearing on its controversial "Secure Communities" program. Undocumented youth led protests and several [...] Check out our blog to read more of this post.

08.25.11 Chicago Tribune: State high court overrules voters on judge picks
Category: Recent Press

Justices now say they've ended practice of appointing those rejected by the voters

08.22.11 CPS Principal Pay-for-Performance Plan Opens the Door for Community Schools
Category: Blog

Merit pay is a notoriously tricky business. Reward short-term returns and you hang the future out to dry. Or, as we've seen in a growing number of school districts across the country, you run the risk of teachers and administrators taking shortcuts (ie, cheating) to grab the brass ring. Mayor Emmanuel has proposed an incentive [...]

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