Report: Evans Hiring New Judges Despite Lack Of Need For Them

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans appears to be moving ahead with his plan to hire more trial judges when they may not be needed.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Keith Johnson reports, there is a lot of head-scratching going on as Evans moves to add nine new associate judges, at a time when the current 415 judges have caseloads lighter than the state average, the Daily Herald reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Keith Johnson reports

Evans has named 18 finalists – 10 men and eight women – for the eight new posts, the Daily Herald reported. The 272 Circuit Court judges in the county will vote on the finalists by secret ballot.

The newspaper found out that the additional hires will cost over $2 million in taxpayer dollars in the first year, and over $63 million in pension contributions for the year.

Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider (R-15th) is quoted in the Daily Herald as saying, “We should not hire those people unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

Evans did not return calls from the Daily Herald for comment on the issue.

  • Jim

    Evans sounds like he wants to be a politician, not a judge!

  • E M R L

    Hiring more connected friends and family of politicans for a couple days or weeks to boost their pension while the little goverment worker get the shaft of public out cry for getting and working 25 years for their pension they actually earned. People get actually what they want and NOT voting you got EVANS and the rest of the corrupt bunch!

  • louie

    They only have to work only 10 yrs to get a pension starting salary over $ 130,000 per yr after 10yrs they get a pension over $100,00 per yr taxpayers money now you see who has the clout being a judge is part time in cook county they work out of their law office part of the day

  • lisa

    Get rid of Evans – He costs too much already!

  • duh

    Shouldn’t the chief judge be funded by the State instead of Crook County to hire more connected friends and family, Glad I left this city years ago.

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