Announcements

ASSESSOR COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR FILES NINTH REPORT TO THE COURT

The Assessor Compliance Administrator filed its Ninth Report to the Court on September 22, 2017. Please see the report: Ninth Report of the Assessor Compliance Administrator

ASSESSOR COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR FILES EIGHTH REPORT TO THE COURT

The Assessor Compliance Administrator filed its Eighth Report to the Court on May 24, 2017. Please see the report: Eighth Report of the Assessor Compliance Administrator

ASSESSOR COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR FILES SEVENTH REPORT TO THE COURT

The Assessor Compliance Administrator filed its Seventh Report to the Court on January 18, 2017. Please see the report: Seventh Report of the ACA for the Cook County Assessor (Amended)

ASSESSOR COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR FILES SIXTH REPORT TO THE COURT

The Assessor Compliance Administrator filed its Sixth Report to the Court on October 12, 2016. Please see the report: Sixth Report of the Assessor Compliance Administrator

THE EMPLOYMENT PLAN WAS ENTERED

The Employment Plan was entered on August 5, 2016. Please see: Employment Plan

JUDGE SCHENKIER APPOINTS SUSAN G. FEIBUS AS ACA

Clifford L. Meacham stepped down as ACA effective January 30, 2016 and Judge Schenkier appointed Susan G. Feibus to assume the role. Shakman v. Bieszczat January 26th Order (ID 1877)

ASSESSOR COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR FILES FIFTH REPORT TO THE COURT

The Assessor Compliance Administrator filed its Fifth Report to the Court on August 25, 2015. Please see the Report: Fifth Report of the Assessor Compliance Administrator

ASSESSOR COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR FILES FOURTH REPORT TO THE COURT

The Assessor Compliance Administrator filed its Fourth Report to the Court on May 5, 2015. Please see the Report: Fourth Report of the Assessor Compliance Administrator

ASSESSOR COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR FILES THIRD REPORT TO THE COURT

The Assessor Compliance Administrator filed its Third Report to the Court in December 2014. Please see the Report and Exhibit: Third Report of the Assessor Compliance Administrator and Exhibit 1 to Third Report of the Assessor Compliance Administrator

ASSESSOR’S OFFICE HIRING PROCESS

The parties continue to negotiate the Employment Plan, a formal document that will be filed in court setting forth, among other things, the procedures the Assessor’s Office will be required to utilize to hire its employees. The parties have agreed to a set of procedures for use in the hiring process pending finalization of the Employment Plan. Click here: CURRENT HIRING PROCESS -Paper Applications (ID 1494) to review the procedures.

If you have any questions about the procedures or have any reason to believe that the Assessor’s Office is not following them, please contact the ACA.

FEDERAL COURT RELEASES CITY OF CHICAGO FROM SHAKMAN CASE

On June 16, 2014, after almost nine years of intensive monitoring by Noelle Brennan, a court-appointed monitor, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier granted Plaintiffs’ Class Counsel and the City’s joint Motion to Dismiss the City from the Shakman case finding the City to be in “Substantial Compliance” with the Agreed Settlement Order and Accord. As a result, the City hiring and other employment practices are no longer subject to Court oversight.

This Order came and as a result of considerable efforts by the City, Plaintiffs’ class counsel, and Ms. Brennan to: (1) eradicate the policies, procedures and practices that previously facilitated or permitted employment decisions to be based on political factors and (2) develop and effectively implement new policies, procedures and practices that ensure that the City’s hiring and employment actions are fair and transparent for the long term.

The City is not the first defendant to be dismissed from the Shakman case. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County were dismissed in 2011and 2013 respectively. These dismissals are encouraging as they demonstrate that what may be accomplished when a governmental entity commits to creating the structures and safeguards necessary to ensure that its hiring and employment actions are fair and transparent.

The Monitor for the Assessor’s Office, while noting progress in several areas, continues to be concerned about the ability of the Human Resources Department to implement fully an Employment Plan that is under review as well as the Assessor’s commitment to achieving Substantial Compliance. A Report will be filed with Judge Schenkier later in July which will more fully address these concerns.

For information about the history of the City’s case, the Shakman Monitor’s observations over the years and the efforts that went in to achieving Substantial Compliance, please review the Substantial Compliance documents on the Shakman Monitor website:

http://shakmanmonitor.com/2014_compliance/

Interested in more information about the Shakman Decrees and the role of the ACA? Please visit the TRAINING MATERIALS page of this website.

Interested in sharing information with the ACA? Please call to make an appointment.