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Dorothy Brown’s office granted more time to modernize

By Paul Cane, Chicago Tonight, WTTW

Carbon paper, manila folders and stacks and stacks of paper.

In the age of cloud computing the notion that one of Cook County’s most important offices is still using systems that Charles Dickens would recognize would seem to be a problem.

Nevertheless, it is how most cases are filed today in the office of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.

In a scathing Dec. 21 Chicago Tribune editorial titled “Dorothy Brown’s 17 years of broken promises,” the paper lambasts Brown for running a patronage-packed office that is “still stuck in a land that time forgot” and that “has a well-earned reputation as a fortress of inefficiency.”


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