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Court Orders and Documents

Consent Judgment: May 5, 1972 

In 1972, the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office agreed to a Consent Decree which, among other things, prohibited the Clerk's Office from “conditioning, basing or knowingly prejudicing or affecting any term or aspect of governmental employment, with respect to one who is at the time already a governmental employee, upon or because of any political reason or factor".  In other words, it prohibited political discrimination against those people who were Clerk's employees on May 5, 1972, when the Consent Decree was entered. There was a prohibition that any employee could be forced to perform political work during regular working hours or to be coerced into donating to a particular political organization. However, the Consent Decree made clear that employees could do either on a voluntary basis. 

 

Consent Judgment Dated May 5, 1972 

 

Judgment Order: April 4, 1983

In 1983, the Court extended the protections of current employees set forth in the 1972 Consent Decree to those who were applying for jobs in the Clerk's Office – namely, political considerations were now prohibited in the hiring process, except for Exempt Positions. The order was clear that it did not impose a civil service system, nor did it necessitate that a merit system be utilized in the Clerk's Office. 

Judgment Order: April 4, 1983

 

 

Revised Plan of Compliance of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County: February 15, 1984

 The Revised Plan of Compliance of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County dated February 15, 1984, was designed to implement the Judgment Order dated April 4, 1983, mentioned above.  It set forth a policy detailing how the Clerk of the Court should handle hiring and firing employees and provided a framework on how non-Exempt Positions are posted and filled.  In addition, the Revised Plan of Compliance contained the then agreed upon list of 80 Exempt Positions.  See pages 10-12 of the Revised Plan for the list.  A new exempt list is currently being negotiated between the Plaintiffs and the Clerk's Office. 

 

Revised Plan of Compliance of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County dated February 15, 1984

 

Clerk of Court Executive Order: August 8, 2018

The Clerk entered Executive order 2018-1 on August 8, 2018,  prohibiting the Clerk's Office from basing any employment on a political factor.  Examples of political factors include a person's membership in a political party (or not), political contributions or political activity.  In addition, an individual's political sponsorship cannot be considered.  An exception to the above prohibitions are decisions concerning Exempt Positions. 

 

The Executive Order includes a reporting obligation. Any employee who learns about an allegation of unlawful political discrimination in connection with employment with the Clerk of the Court, or who believes that such unlawful political discrimination has occurred or is occurring, is required to report this information to the Inspector General's Office directly and without delay.  

 

It also prohibits employees and officials from retaliating against, punishing, or penalizing any job applicant, employee, or official for making complaints, public disclosures, or reports about any alleged violation in the Executive Order or for cooperating or assisting the Compliance Administrator, Inspector General, or law enforcement authorities investigating any alleged violation in this Executive Order. 

Executive Order 2018-01

 

Supplemental Relief Order: August 10, 2018

 On August 10, 2018, Federal Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered the SRO and appointed *Clifford L. Meacham as the Compliance Administrator for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County (the Compliance Administrator). The Clerk Compliance Administrator is tasked, among other things, with the following duties:

 

  • auditing all hires, promotions, and transfers since January 1, 2014

  • investigating evidence of unlawful political discrimination (UPD)

  • recommending measures to prevent recurrence of UPD

  • recommending how to remedy violations of previous Court Decrees in this litigation

  • reviewing the Clerk Office's employment practices to determine compliance with the Court's Decrees and hiring procedures

  • recommending changes, if warranted, to the Clerk's hiring procedures

 

Supplemental Relief Order entered August 10, 2018

 

*Clifford L. Meacham stepped down from his role as Compliance Administrator effective March 11, 2019 and Susan G. Feibus was appointed to the position.

Amended Supplemental Relief Order: June 19, 2019

On June 19, 2019, Federal Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered the Amended Supplemental Relief Order.

Amended Supplemental Relief Order entered June 19, 2019

Interim Employment Plan: July 17, 2019

On July 17, 2019, Federal Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered the Interim Employment Plan. Effective immediately, and pending implementation of a final Employment Plan to be adopted and approved by the Court, it governs: (1) all new hires, and (2) all transfers, promotions, and demotions of current employees to non-union positions (except those positions that Plaintiffs' counsel in the Shakman case has agreed are Shakman-exempt).

Interim Employment Plan

 

Exempt List: August 28, 2019

On August 28, 2019, Federal Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered the List of Exempt Positions in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  The list is comprised of those positions that under applicable law are exempt from consideration of political reasons or factors because political affiliation is an appropriate requirement for the effective performance of the position.

List of Exempt Positions in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County