A suspended Cook County Jail corrections officer faces termination following serial abuses of a federal family leave rule.
Reforms in Cook County and in Illinois make pretrial release possible for nondangerous defendants with little money for bail.
The 206 corrections officers who called off are a significant improvement from Mother’s Day 2016, in which more than 460 corrections officers called off.
The Cook County Jail was placed on lockdown after 317 guards called in sick during Game 7 of the NBA Finals on June 19.
New “rocket docket” reform could reduce lengthy pretrial jail stays for some accused of minor property crimes, saving Illinois taxpayers up to $143 per inmate each day.