7th Circ. Balks At 50 Years Of Cook County Clerk Oversight

By Celeste Bott (April 19, 2021, 4:57 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit has largely upheld a lower court's finding that the Cook County clerk's office recently violated decades-old federal consent decrees requiring it to monitor political patronage in Chicago, but the panel also pointedly questioned why the case has lasted for so long.

The panel on Friday affirmed a magistrate judge's decision not to vacate the consent decrees, which were entered in 1972 and 1991. The panel also said it lacked the jurisdiction to review that judge's decision to appoint a special master in the case, saying a special master can be used by district courts as a tool to help...

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