following court documents, available for download in adobe PDF format, arise
out of 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.
("cc_shakman_1994Judgement.pdf" - 2.91 MB)
The 1972 Consent Decree prohibited the County from "conditioning,
basing or knowingly prejudicing or affecting any term or aspect of governmental
employment with respect to one who is at the time already a governmental
employee, upon or because of any political reason or factor." In
1994, the Court extended the prohibitions to Cook County's hiring practices.
The 1994 Consent Decree incorporates the 1972 Consent Decree.
Application to Hold Defendants in Contempt
("cc_shakman_PlaintifsApplication.pdf" - 392 KB)
On August 28, 2006, the Plaintiffs in the Shakman lawsuit filed an Application
to Hold Cook County and Certain Individuals in Civil Contempt for Violations
of the Consent Decrees. The parties agreed to settle the civil contempt
dispute and entered into the Supplemental Relief Order.
County’s Response to Plaintiffs’ Application
to Hold Cook County in Contempt
("cc_shakman_CountyResponse.pdf" - 689 KB)
On October 6, 2006, the County filed a response to the Plaintiffs’
allegations of contempt. The County requested that the Plaintiffs’
petition be denied on several legal grounds. The Court did not issue
a ruling on the Plaintiffs’ contempt petition or make a determination
of whether the Plaintiffs’ allegations contained in their petition
were true or false because the parties reached a settlement of the matter.
("cc_shakman_SupplementalReliefOrder.pdf" - 1.9 MB)
On November 30, 2006, Judge Wayne Andersen appointed Julia M. Nowicki,
as Compliance Administrator, to ensure that the County of Cook complies
with all proper hiring and employment practices as they relate to political
considerations. The Supplemental Relief Order outlines, among other
things, the duties and responsibilities of the Compliance Administrator.
The Supplemental Relief Order was approved on February 2, 2007:
Supplemental Relief Order
("cc_shakman_ApprovedSupplementalReliefOrder.pdf" - 1.1 MB)
("cc_shakman_Notice_to_EEs.pdf" - 410 KB)
This Notice should have been distributed to all Cook County employees
paychecks, week ending December 29, 2006.
of Extension to SRO Deadlines
("cc_shakman_SROExtensionNotice.pdf" - 16 KB)
This Notice extends the court's original deadline for submission of
Claim or Opt-Out Request Forms to August 3, 2007.
Order Appointing Post SRO Complaint Administrator for Cook County
("cc_shakman_SpecialCompliantAdminOrder.pdf" - 30 KB)
This order appoints the post-SRO Compliance Administrator for Cook County.
This list will be
updated as more information becomes available.