This week, Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that her office would be laying off 101 administrative employees. This was done in anticipation of a 10 percent cut to the offices budget that is expected to happen later this month. The previous week, Alvarez had to layoff 7 court reporters for the same reason. That brings the total number of layoffs to 108. The new round of layoffs will include secretaries, clerks, victim-assistance workers and community outreach workers. The layoffs will be based on seniority and affect all of the suburban courthouses. The states attorneys budget for 2010 was $131 million dollars. A total of 1,600 people are employed by the Cook County States Attorneys Office.
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