Sneed: Circuit Court Chief Tim Evans keeps fired probation chief as adviser

Written By BY MICHAEL SNEED Posted: 03/19/2014, 06:07pm
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Out of order!

In a foxy attempt Monday to stave off the bazooka he knew was coming this week, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans suddenly dismissed his acting adult probation chief, Jesus Reyes — whom he appointed in 2005.

◆ To wit: The firing of Reyes came in advance of an expected expose of the court’s pretrial and probation services this week following an audit by the Illinois Supreme Court.

◆ The shocker: Evans, who appointed Reyes and refused to replace him despite serious management complaints for years, is allowing Reyes to continue serving the Circuit Court as an “advisor for research and policy”!

Ya gotta be kidding. Isn’t that like keeping the fox in the henhouse?

Let’s get out the broom, folks.

The court system needs some serious dusting and cleaning despite Evans’ successful re-election strategy: leaving judges alone; not bothering them; and ignoring judges who come in late or leave early.

They are the ones who elected Evans to a three-year term and re-elected him for a fifth time last fall.

Sneed is told two female sharpshooters have had the sloppily run court system in their gun sights for the past two years: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, who headed Cook County’s Justice Advisory Council, which advised Preckwinkle on justice reform.

Stay tuned.

The cardinal’s story . . .

A pew “who knew?”

◆ Translation: Ailing Cardinal Francis George’s replacement at the 100th anniversary celebration of St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, Wash., is none other than the man who may replace him as head of Chicago’s archdiocese: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle!

◆ Backshot: George, who was Yakima’s bishop from 1990 to 1996, is still undergoing treatment for a stomach ailment at Loyola University Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for dehydration on Friday. He has been undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer.

New Trier cheer!

Dateline: The local line . . . President Barack Obama is adding another New Trier High School graduate to his top White House team. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, also is a graduate of New Trier.

◆ Top shot: Anita Decker Breckenridge, who graduated from the North Shore school in 1996, is replacing Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, who is expected to have a top role in the creation of Obama’s presidential library.

◆ Backshot: Breckenridge, 35, who is now Obama’s personal Oval Office assistant, has worked for him since he served in the Illinois Senate.


The Clooney file . . .

Actor George Clooney, who told the press a few months back that he had yet to meet the love of his life, not only showed up at the White House in February with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, as his guest — but the two reportedly just went on vacation together.

Next up?

The Crowe call . . .

Blowing a gasket . . . Or hoping for publicity? Hot-tempered actor Russell Crowe had a tentatively scheduled — and then canceled — meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican this week to chat about Crowe’s new film, “Noah.”

◆ Hmmm: It’s not known how Crowe, 49, who had been hoping for a flick endorsement, reacted — but the pope claimed the reason for the cancellation was the potential media circus. And the meeting was canceled once Crowe, who had pushed the pope on Twitter to see the movie, touched down in Rome. Argh.

Sneedlings . . .

Wednesday’s birthdays: Bruce Willis, 59; Glenn Close, 67, and Harvey Weinstein, 62.

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