Chicago Announcements November 2, 2021

Deborah Witzburg submitted her resignation on Monday as Chicago’s deputy inspector general for public safety, citing an intention to apply for the position of inspector general for the city writ large. “Because OIG’s Public Safety section oversees and makes recommendations to City departments including the Office of the Mayor, it is my responsibility to avoid any appearance or concern that the work of the section might be influenced by my candidacy for a mayoral appointment and that its independence might therefore be impaired,” Witzburg wrote in a letter Monday. An independent selection committee is working to compile a list of candidates for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to pick as the next inspector general to succeed former Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. Witzburg’s resignation is effective Nov. 12. 

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Monday appointed Judge David Navarro as the new acting presiding judge of the court's Pretrial Division. Navarro had previously served as supervising judge for the division. Navarro was a Cook County assistant state's attorney and was chief of the Public Integrity Bureau at the Illinois Attorney General’s office before being appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2017. Judge Mary C. Marubio has been named the new supervising judge of the Pretrial Division.

Good Government Illinois will host a virtual town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday with Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) and Ald. Matt Martin (47) to discuss the 2022 Chicago budget passed by the City Council last week. “What makes the budget so progressive? How did it pass so easily, and what were some of the behind-the-scenes negotiations? What caused the split in the new Socialist caucus, described as a “difference of philosophy” to the media?” the event description reads. Online registration is required.

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