At Thursday’s Kane County Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting, Chief Judge Susan Clancy-Boles, Court Services Director Lisa Aust, and Juvenile Justice Center Superintendent Mike Davis fell all over themselves in an attempt to demonstrate the striking probation officers and youth counselors were having no effect on day-to-day operations.
As we discussed yesterday, Davis particularly went out of his way to label the strikers as non-essential personnel.
But a scant 24 hours later, the Chief Judge issued the letter below declaring the strikers’ absence constitutes a public safety threat and they better return to work by May 15 – under her terms – or they will be replaced.
Never mind this may be a patently illegal move because Boles is essentially inserting a no-strike clause in a union contract that doesn’t have one. It’s the abject lack of any humanity or compassion that really bothers me.
I’ve had to deal with Boles as a felony crime victim and I was thoroughly disappointed. I’ve had to deal with the Chief Judge as a criminal defendant and I was thoroughly disappointed by her failure to follow the law.
Then, we all watched her single-handedly destroy the GPS home monitoring system.
I watched her try to cover up any connection between her late brother, Michael Clancy, and Anjum Coffland. That column, and perhaps even charges, will be forthcoming.
When I challenged her on a number of these issues, her response was to have my email address blocked from the Judicial Center server.
Put more simply, Chief Judge Boles is one of those individuals who’s had everything handed to her all her life. She hasn’t had to work or struggle for much. As a result, she’s become arrogant, dictatorial and has absolutely no empathy for anyone who doesn’t come directly from her world.
I’ve stood with the picketers outside the Judicial Center. I’ve addressed them as a group outside the County boardroom. I’ve talked to the Teamsters reps. I’ve heard the pain in their voices that comes from being so callously cast aside by a woman who has no soul and makes 200 grand a year at a part-time job.
I’m sure I won’t have any problem getting the Teamsters to underwrite the kind of anti-retention campaign that will finally have Boles removed from the bench.