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Report of the Judiciary

 

News from the Administrative Services Division

 

The Administrative Services division provides leadership and support in the areas of human and financial management to promote the responsible use of resources. The division often serves as a liaison with other Lake County offices and state agencies. Division responsibilities include budgeting, purchasing, human resources, grant administration, training coordination and risk management. More about the individual functions of the division may be found here.

 


 

2012-2013

 

Administrative Services Highlights for Report of Judiciary

 

Budget and Finance

 

The total Lake County budget for 2013 was just over $485 million.  About 29% of the county’s budget supported law and judicial activities in several county departments and agencies.  The court’s portion of the county budget was spread across seven funds and totaled $24,491,527.

 

The largest expenditure category for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, as for most other agencies in the public and private sector, was personnel.  Personal services, including salaries and wages, comprised 58% of the budget, while contractual benefits including health/life/dental insurance and retirement made up 22% of the court’s overall budget. 

 

The 2013 budget reflected a relatively flat economy.  Staff received a modest wage increase for the second year after two years with no increase.  An additional interpreter position, focused on civil cases, was approved for the court.  An increase of $175,000 for treatment for Therapeutic and Intensive Monitoring (TIM) Court clients was also secured.  Due to an ongoing shortfall in state funding, the court continued to hold thirteen full-time and two part-time positions vacant.  This resulted in a savings of approximately $600,000 in wages and an estimated $200,000 in benefits. 

 

The FY13 Corporate Capital Improvement Program (CCIP), which is in a different county budget, included $100,000 to purchase four more courtroom presentation systems.  These systems enable the projecting of evidence such as photographs, negatives, and 3-D objects as well as the blending of video via DVD or CD and the like, thus enhancing or more effectively communicating case information. 


Grant Administration

 

The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit will continue to work with A Safe Place to strengthen and enhance services at the Family Visitation Center of Lake County.  In FY2012, the Office of Violence Against Women awarded $226,173 in continuation funding to provide additional bilingual services and allow for the expansion of facility hours to reduce the waiting list for supervised visitations.  This supplemental funding will end September 30, 2015.

 

A grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for $189,693, begun in October of 2012, will continue through 2013.  The funding allowed the Court to hire a clinical psychologist to complete psychological evaluations for the Therapeutic and Intensive Monitoring (TIM) Court clients.  This reduces the time it takes for clients to move out of the jail and into the TIM Court program.  The psychologist also provides psychotherapy to TIM Court participants and collaborates with other community-based services. Currently, the grant is scheduled to end September 30, 2014.

 

The juvenile pre-employment program received another year of funding from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority through an $85,000 Juvenile Accountability Block Grant.  The funding supports a part-time coordinator and internships for youth at various government offices, businesses and social service agencies. 

 

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority awarded the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit a $92,787 grant for the period February 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013.  The grant funds employee training ($18,000) and residential treatment for high risk offenders ($74,787).  The Court received word that funding will continue under the supervision of the Illinois Department of Human Services, allowing the retention of intensive case management services for Therapeutic and Intensive Monitoring (TIM) Court clients that would have ended with the expiration of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant on September 29, 2013.

 

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services again awarded the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit a $45,000 grant to contract with mediators for five hours a week to aid in the resolution of visitation and custody-related disputes in an effort to increase the collection of child support payments from non-custodial parents.

 

Human Resources

 

The Annual Employee Awards Ceremony was held in early 2013 to honor employees for their contributions during 2012.  The following staff members were recognized.

 

Environmental Sustainability Award:  Robert Kocanda, Judicial Information Services
Bonds Officer of the Year:  Robert Geidner, Juvenile Detention and Probation Services 
Finn/Anderson Exceptional Employee of the Year:  Candice Timokhin, Adult Probation
Leadership and Excellence Award:  Robert Verborg, Core Support Services
Employee of the Year:  James Schelinski, Adult Probation

 

Hiring activity continued at a fairly steady pace for 2013 as the court welcomed 16 new employees to fill funded vacancies.  The New Hire Orientation is now held on two Mondays, one for the 19th Judicial Circuit and the other for County benefits.

 

In other employee news, just under 30 employees received promotions through the court’s career path program in 2013, and five employees retired.

 

Training Administration

 

The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit’s staff recorded 7,171.5 hours of training in 2012.

 


 

2011-2012

 

Budget and Finance

      

The total Lake County budget for 2012 was just over $487 million.  About 28% of the county’s budget supported law and judicial activities in several county departments and agencies.  The court’s portion of the county budget was spread across seven funds and totaled $23,608,930.

 

The largest expenditure category for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, as for most other agencies in the public and private sector, was personnel.  Personal services, including salaries and wages, comprised 58% of the budget, while contractual benefits including health/life/dental insurance and retirement made up 23% of the court’s overall budget. 

 

The 2012 budget reflected the strengthening economy in that staff received a wage increase for the first time in three years.  The court was also able to secure three new positions:  two specialty court positions offset by fee revenue and one technology position, also funded through a special fee.  Despite this positive news, the court continued to hold thirteen positions vacant due to an ongoing shortfall in state funding.  This resulted in a savings of over $600,000. 

 

The FY12 Corporate Capital Improvement Program (CCIP), which is in a different county budget, included $100,000 to purchase four new courtroom presentation systems.  These systems enable the projecting of evidence such as photographs, negatives, and 3-D objects as well as the blending of video via DVD or CD and the like, thus enhancing or more effectively communicating case information. 

 

Grant Administration

    

In 2012, the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit was awarded $226,173 in continuation funding from the Office of Violence Against Women to work with A Safe Place to strengthen and enhance services at the Family Visitation Center of Lake County.  This grant will provide additional bilingual services and allow for the expansion of facility hours to reduce the waiting list for supervised visitations.

 

The court also received a new $189,693 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to hire a clinical psychologist to complete the psychological evaluations for the Therapeutic and Intensive Monitoring (TIM) Court clients.  This will reduce the time it takes for clients to move out of the jail and into the TIM Court program.  The psychologist will also provide psychotherapy to TIM Court participants and collaborate with other community-based services.

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant was renewed for a third and final year.  This grant provides $208,333 in funding to support the recovery services provided by the TIM Court. 

 

The juvenile pre-employment program received another year of funding from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority through an $85,000 Juvenile Accountability Block Grant.  The funding supports a part-time coordinator and internships for youth at various government offices, businesses, and social service agencies. 

 

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services awarded the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit a $45,000 grant to continue to contract with mediators for five hours a week to aid in the resolution of visitation and custody-related disputes in an effort to increase the collection of child support payments from non-custodial parents.

 

Human Resources

    

The Annual Employee Awards Ceremony was held in early 2012 to honor employees for their contributions during 2011.  The following staff members were recognized.

 

Environmental Sustainability Award:  Brian Burns, Judicial Information Services

Bonds Officer of the Year:  Robert Brothers, Juvenile Detention and Probation Services 

Finn/Anderson Exceptional Employee of the Year:  Shawn Brennan, Adult Probation

Leadership and Excellence Award:  Marci Jumisko, Administrative Services

Employee of the Year:  Terry Barrett, Adult Probation

 

The Reshaping Our Organization plan was implemented as 18 employees from the Adult, Juvenile, and Judicial Operations divisions were promoted to the position of unit manager.  Unit managers supervise fewer employees than the Assistant Directors did under the old structure, allowing for increased communication within the various units and improved employee engagement and satisfaction.

 

Hiring activity continued at a fairly steady pace in 2012 as the court welcomed 18 new employees to fill funded vacancies. Staff improved the hiring process by developing a PowerPoint presentation of the material that is covered during the first day orientation.  All new employees now see the same material in a clear and consistent manner.

 

In other employee news, ten employees received promotions through the court’s career path program in 2012, and three employees retired.

 

Training Administration

    

The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit’s staff recorded over 7,000 hours of training in 2011.

 

Administrative Services organized a 6-month supervisory training program called Leadership Academy to provide the new unit managers with the skills they will need to succeed in their new positions. The training program consisted of 47.5 hours of training in a classroom setting, online training courses, critical review essays, a staff position paper, and assessments on computer skills emphasizing proficiency with case management databases.                                                             

 
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