(705 ILCS 70/1) (from Ch. 37, par. 651)
    Sec. 1. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Court reporter" means any person appointed by the chief judge of any circuit to perform the duties prescribed in Section 5 of this Act.
    "Employer representative" means, with respect to wages, fringe benefits, hours, holidays, vacation, proficiency examinations, sick leave, and other conditions of employment:
        (1) For court reporters employed by the Cook County
    
Judicial Circuit, the chief judge of the Cook County Circuit Court.
        (2) For court reporters employed by the 12th, 18th,
    
19th, and, on and after December 4, 2006, the 22nd judicial circuits, a group consisting of the chief judges of those circuits, acting jointly by majority vote.
        (3) For court reporters employed by all other
    
judicial circuits, the chief judges of those circuits, acting jointly by majority vote.
    The chief judge of the judicial circuit that employs a public employee who is a court reporter, as defined in the Court Reporters Act, has the authority to hire, appoint, promote, evaluate, discipline, and discharge court reporters within that judicial circuit.
(Source: P.A. 94-98, eff. 7-1-05.)