Cook County Stopped From Pink-Slipping Court Staff

The 161 nonjudicial employees in Illinois' Cook County Circuit Court pegged for layoffs in fiscal 2018 can continue reporting to work for now, after a judge granted Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans a temporary restraining order Tuesday blocking the workforce reduction.

After nearly five hours of arguments over the restraining-order motion and settlement negotiations between the parties, Lake County Judge Mitchell Hoffman issued an order siding with Judge Evans’ argument that the circuit court is not a county department but rather a co-equal branch of...

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