REITZ-BOLAND-CURRY,JULIE-DAVIS,STEVE, RIGHTER AND HOFFMAN.
PUBLIC DEFENDER SALARIES
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Counties Code. Provides that the State shall
reimburse counties for compensation paid to the Public Defender in
counties having a population of less than 500,000. Provides that the
reimbursement amount shall be equal to 40% of the salary paid to the
State's Attorney in counties having a population of less than 500,000
but more than 100,000, and 25% of the salary paid to the State's
Attorney in counties having a population of 100,000 or less.
FISCAL NOTE (Office of the Illinois Courts)
Survey results indicate that salaries of public defenders vary
substantially. Maximum reimbursement to counties for public
defender salaries would be approximately $50,000 for counties
with a population of 100,000 to 500,000, $32,000 for counties
with a population of 30,000 to 100,000, and $25,000 for coun-
ties with populations of less than 30,000. Direct reimbursement
of county expense for public defender salaries pursuant to
HB 549 would have no fiscal impact on the judicial branch.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Deletes everything. Amends the Counties Code. Requires that the
State treasury pay 66 2/3% of a county's public defender's annual
salary. Provides that a full-time county public defender's salary
must be 90% or more of the State's attorney's salary in that county.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Further amends the Counties Code. Restores text providing that
when a Public Defender in a county of 30,000 or more population is
receiving not less than 90% of the compensation of the State's
Attorney in that county, that Public Defender shall not engage in the
private practice of law. Provides that the State moneys paid for
Public Defender salaries shall be paid monthly from the State treasury
to the county in which each Public Defender is employed.
GOVERNOR'S AMENDATORY VETO MESSAGE
Recommends that a July 1, 2002 effective date be added to the
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0508
Last action date: JAN-01-2002
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 2 SENATE - 0
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