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Chicago Attys Hope New Clerk Will Modernize Cook County

Law360 (October 21, 2020, 5:20 PM EDT) -- Cook County's circuit court clerk is stepping down after two decades, opening the door for new leadership that Illinois attorneys are hopeful will turn around an outdated, inefficient court system in one of the country's largest cities.

Cook County circuit courts are backlogged and still use outdated technology like carbon paper copies of orders and a kiosk system for e-filing, that has frustrated attorneys and litigants. The office has been subject to federal investigation amid pay-to-play allegations, with a former associate clerk sentenced to two years in prison last year for lying to a grand jury regarding what she knew about...

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