Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown-official portrait
They all wished to remain anonymous, but said that Clerk Brown almost never visits their offices; there appears to be no mechanism to catch errors; over the past few years the clerk's have become demoralized, feel abused and neglected and therefore have a careless attitude about their jobs. One admitted that many of them just don't care anymore and that is why the error rate is so high. They admitted that the jobs of the supervisors have more to do with patronage than with talent. They do not believe their supervisors know what they are doing. They think Clerk Brown is unqualified to do her job and is only concerned about things like computerizing the filing of complaints. They wish that a concerned, energetic, and qualified person would be appointed as Clerk, who would provide true oversight.
Brown also allows her clerks to follow Judge Maddux's illegal order to NOT promptly give orders (decisions) on indigeny petitions presented to his office to the litigant (plaintiff) waiting in the courtroom. They instead take them down to the Clerk's law division office, along with any other papers that the litigant had attached for the judge to view. The litigant is then forced to go down several floors and wait in line for their orders that should have been handed to them in the courtroom. All attorneys (and pro se counsel) are routinely given copies of orders issued by judges in the courtrooms of the Daley Center without charge. The statutes and Illinois Supreme Court Rules also state that the Clerk must file any lawsuits filed by indigent defendants who have filed an indigency petition at the same time WITHOUT CHARGE, regardless of the judge's order. If the judge denies the indigency petition then the litigant will be allowed to make a payment schedule if that is what the judge writes. Judge Maddux purposely refuses to tell the litigant his decision in the courtroom so if he denies the petition, the petitioner will have to re-motion it up to ask for a payment schedule and delay filing his/her suit. There would be no delay if Brown filed the lawsuit, but if the petition is denied, her clerks are instructed not to file the suits until they receive payment. This is illegal and a violation of statute. The act of Judge Maddux's clerk taking the lawsuit and order to the clerk's office and placing it on the desk is also illegal, as clerks are not allowed to perform the act of filing a lawsuit for a litigant. Only the litigant may present the lawsuit and judge's order to the filing clerks.
Judge Maddux has this illegal scheme to inhibit the filing of indigent pro se lawsuits that includes limiting presenttio of such indigency petitions in his courtroom to only between 11:30 and 12 noon each day. He leaves the bench and during this time his clerks gather the petitions and take them to his chambers. It is rumored that his clerks make the indigency decision, which would be an illegal act. Judge Maddux refuses to sit on the bench and consider the petitions in front of the litigants or ask them questions, or allow them to explain their situations and ask for reconsideration if he rejects their petitions.. Judge Maddux makes sure to inconvenience (harass) the pro se litigants by making them wait through lunch until at least 1:00 pm or 1:30 pm before he has the clerk go out to the courtroom and tell the litigants to follow him to the court clerk's 8th floor law division office and wait in line by the filing clerks. The filing clerks then will take the pile of papers handed to them by Judge Maddux's clerk including the petitions for indigeny and attached lawsuits and if they had not already been filed, they will file them if the order approved the indigency petition and refuse to file them without payment of the filing fee if the order denied the indigency petition.
Sec. 21-3. Criminal trespass to real property.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (a)(5), whoever:
(1) knowingly and without lawful authority enters or remains within or on a building; or
For purposes of item (1) of this subsection, this Section shall not apply to being in a building which is open to the public while the building is open to the public during its normal hours of operation; nor shall this Section apply to a person who enters a public building under the reasonable belief that the building is still open to the public.