It is official: the Cook County branch courthouses at “Belmont and Western” and “51st and Wentworth” are going to be closed in cost-cutting moves. Both locations have two courtrooms, one for misdemeanors and the other for felony preliminary hearings.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Despite the closings, no Circuit Court of Cook County workers will face layoffs this year. But all employees will have to take 10 unpaid furlough days, a move that will save the county $6.2 million. The settlement between Preckwinkle and Chief Circuit Court Judge Timothy Evans also will close one housing unit within the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and its 22 vacant positions will be eliminated.
It has not yet been announced when the courthouses will close, or where the cases will be transferred. It is expected that the closings will occur by the end of August.