Cook County Board Finance Committee - Departmental Budget Hearings
Day #6 - October 24, 2016
Amy Campanelli, the Public Defender of Cook County began her testimony with a moving video about some of her most memorable cases along with interviews from some of her staff about the important work that they perform. She stated that her office is: “THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS”.
FY17 - $76,200,929
FY16 - $64,970,115
FY17 - 677
FY16 - 698
She is requesting $2 million more than the President’s recommendation because:
Ms. Campanelli was compelling in her testimony. She made the commissioners feel the importance of her office mission, which is to bring representation to all clients. That is what the 6th Amendment to the US Constitution is all about.
All commissioners were present except for Comm. Goslin and Comm. Butler.
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County - Clerk Dorothy Brown
FY17 - $126,104,069
FY16 - $105, 360,894
FY17 - 1633
FY16 - 1685
Clerk Brown stated that most of her monetary increase was due to personnel costs (such as raises and step increases), document scanning, computerization of judge’s orders, E-filing and the relocation of files to the warehouse in Cicero.
Commissioners Present: During the first part of her talk only Comm. Tobolski, Boykin, Steele, Sylvester, Morrison, Daley and Garcia were present. Comm. Schnieder, Sufferdin, Sims, Moody, and Gainer trickled in later.
Observer - Jan Goldberg
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