A press release from Republican McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally:
Commitment to Tax Payers Part 2,
Patrick Kenneally to Cut State’s Attorney Budget 10% By the End of First Term
Patrick Kenneally in his ongoing effort to review the budget and fulfill his commitment to cutting the budget 10% by the end of his first term has announced that he will dramatically cut payments to outside agencies to train Office lawyers.
Every attorney in Illinois is required to complete 30 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits biennially.
Currently the State’s Attorney’s Office’s unnecessarily pays to send its attorneys to trainings throughout Illinois and, sometimes, the Country to obtain the necessary credit hours.
Tuition, lodging, and meal reimbursement for these trainings costs taxpayers thousands.
Many of the trainings cover topics that Office lawyers can research and present on or are within the expertise of local attorneys and judges.
Furthermore, the McHenry County Bar Association regularly offers CLE trainings.
As State’s Attorney, all office lawyers will be required to join and participate in the McHenry County Bar Association and take part in its trainings.
“This will not only save taxpayers money, it will go a long way toward building on collegiality and relationships the Office has with the local defense bar.”