During her tenure,
Nowicki awarded $3 million to people who lost out on jobs and
promotions because of politics from August 2004 to February 2007.
Cook County's federal hiring monitor said County Board President Todd Stroger's
efforts to eradicate illegal patronage were moving too slowly as she
announced Monday that she was passing the baton to concentrate on her
private law practice.
In a six-page letter to commissioners,
Julia Nowicki said it will be at least 18 more months before the
federal courts find that monitoring is no longer needed.
Nowicki added, "can nudge" Stroger to take steps to eliminate the
widely held perception that patronage continues to hobble county
Eugene Mullins, Stroger's spokesman, said
"perception is not reality," and a lawyer for Stroger issued a 12-page
letter outlining his steps to prevent patronage.
Nowicki, a former county judge, was appointed 27 months ago after the FBI
raided county offices and launched a hiring probe. Her replacement is
Mary Robinson, former administrator of the Illinois Attorney
Registration and Disciplinary Commission.