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Compliance Administrator Appointed
Countyshakman.com is an online resource for residents and others who may be interested in the on-going work of the Court-appointed “Compliance Administrator.” On November 30, 2006, Judge Wayne Andersen appointed a Compliance Administrator to ensure that the County of Cook complies with all proper hiring and employment practices as they relate to political considerations. The Compliance Administrator was appointed pursuant to the federal civil lawsuit titled Michael L. Shakman, et al. v. Democratic Organization of Cook County, et al., Case No. 69 C 2145. The holding in that lawsuit includes the prohibition of employment practices that are based on political considerations. This lawsuit is discussed in detail in the Background page of this website.
The Order entered on November 30, 2006, is entitled Supplemental Relief Order (SRO). It contemplates a two year plan by which the County, if found to be compliant by Judge Andersen, will be dismissed from the lawsuit. The SRO also details the duties and responsibilities of various individuals and entities, including the Compliance Administrator. The Compliance Administrator’s duties include studying existing employment practices, policies and procedures for non-political hiring, promotion, transfer, discipline and discharge; observing actual hiring sequences; assisting in formulating a new hiring plan; aiding in establishing a training program to educate and train supervisors and employees on non-political hiring practices; making recommendations to the Court as to how to resolve issues regarding Shakman exempt positions; monitoring compliance; adjudicating pre-SRO violations and filing periodic reports.
The Compliance Administrator filed her Initial Report on January 3, 2007. It details the results of her study and her recommendations as of that date. It also sets out her staffing needs and the powers she deems appropriate to effectuate her responsibilities.
There are a number of components to the SRO and the Compliance Administrator’s duties. Some are in the process of being addressed and some will be addressed in due course. We encourage you to contact us on the Contact Us page of this website. If you previously have contacted the Compliance Administrator's office and did not recieve a response, please contact us again. Your input on any aspect of the SRO is important to us.
You may have a claim as an aggrieved individual because you believe that political considerations affected your job or you were denied employment because of political considerations. If that is the case, then you should visit the Filing A Claim page of this website to find out information related to your claim and access a Claim Form.
Your input on any aspect of the SRO is important to us.
This website addresses issues related to Cook County. If you are looking for Shakman information related to the City of Chicago, visit www.shakmanmonitor.com.
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