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The Shakman Decrees
 
In 1969 a federal civil lawsuit entitled Michael L. Shakman, et al. vs. Democratic Organization of Cook County, et al., case number 69 C 2145 ("The Shakman Case"), was filed by a group of plaintiffs against various defendants including The Cook County Recorder of Deeds.  In 1992 The Cook County Recorder of Deeds entered into a Consent Decree with the plaintiffs to resolve some of the claims made in the lawsuit.  The Recorder's Consent Decree specifically prohibited the Recorder from "conditioning, basing, or knowingly prejudicing, or affecting any term or aspect of governmental employment including, without limitation, hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer and discharge (other than for Exempt Positions) upon or because of any political reason or factor."
 
 
The Compliance Administrator's Appointment
 
On September 14, 2010, Judge Sidney Schenkier, with the agreement of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the plaintiffs, entered a Supplemental Relief Order (SRO) in the Shakman case.  The SRO is intended to ensure that the Recorder complies with hiring and employment practices as they relate to political consideration and to adjudicate claims of political discrimination.  Pursuant to the SRO, Judge Schenkier appointed Cardelle Spangler as the Recorder Compliance Administrator (RCA) for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.  The RCA's duties include studying existing employment practices, polices and procedures for hiring, promotion, transfer, discipline and discharge, observing actual hiring sequences, assisting in formulating a new hiring plan, aiding in establishing a new training program to educate and train supervisors and employees on non-political hiring practices, making recommendations to the Court concerning resolutions to issues regarding Shakman exempt positions, monitoring compliance, adjudicating SRO violations, assisting with settlement and administration of post-SRO complaints and filing periodic reports.  The SRO contemplates an eighteen month plan by which the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, if found compliant by Judge Schenkier, will be dismissed from the lawsuit.
 
There are a number of components to the SRO and the RCA's duties.  Some are in the process of being addressed, and some will be addressed in due course.  If you have a question or a comment, you may contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (312) 603-8821.  
 
Claims
 
You may have a claim as an aggrieved individual if political considerations affected your job or you were denied employment because of political considerations.  If that is the case, visit Filing a Claim, the link which is found along the left-hand side of this page for more information and to obtain and print a copy of the claim form.
 
Recorder Compliance Administrator's Website
 
Our website addresses issues related to our work with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds only.  If you are looking for information on other Shakman related Compliance Administrators at other units of local governmental, visit www.countyshakman.com (Cook County), www.cookfpshakman.com (Forest Preserve), www.sheriffshakman.com (Cook County Sheriff's Office), or www.shakmanmonitor.com (City of Chicago).
 
Copyright 2010 Shakman Compliance Administrator for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds
 
Disclaimer:  The content of this website should not be construed as legal advice.
 
The Compliance Administrator for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds is not able to provide legal advice about whether an individual should remain a member of the class or about whether an individual has a claim.  Any individual considering submitting a claim may consult with a lawyer of his or her choice at your own expense.

 


Disclaimer: The content of this website should not be construed as legal advice.
The Compliance Administrator is not able to provide legal advice about whether an individual should remain a member of the class or about whether an individual has a claim.
Any individual considering submitting a claim may consult with a lawyer of her or his choice.
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