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Juvenile facility trims oversight position

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Chicago Tribune

COOK COUNTY -- Cook County has laid off an expert it hired last year to help turn around its troubled juvenile detention center, drawing harsh criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Officials cut funding for Carl Sanniti's $91,000-a-year job as an assistant superintendent at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center during last month's budget-trimming. He was informed Thursday evening.
Benjamin Wolf, a lawyer for the ACLU, said it was troubling that Sanniti lost his job while the county found a way to retain another assistant superintendent who is related to a county commissioner. Maria Moreno Szafarczyk, the sister of Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno (D-Chicago), saw her title changed to director of outreach and re-entry, but kept her $85,000 salary.



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