• Full Time
  • Chicago

Cook County Offices Under The President

General Overview

Acts as legal advisor and counsel to the bureau chief or director in all matters related to
the statutory authority and execution of powers of that department, bureau or departments
within bureau; also functions as direct legal aide to the director or bureau chief as
required. Provides assistance in interpreting the legal ramifications of proposals, policy
directives and other actions planned or undertaken by department, bureau or County
Board. May serve in the capacity of Freedom of Information Officer or advise on matters
related to the Freedom of Information Act. Works with the President’s General Counsel
and State’s Attorneys Office as necessary in order to evaluate litigation, respond to
document requests, prepare for matters related to administrative review and address
opinions related to federal, state or local legislation. Receives legal assignments from the
bureau chief or director as well as the President’s General Counsel. Reports to the bureau
chief or director and President’s General Counsel Consults with the President’s General
Counsel and the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney as required.


· Cook County employs over 22,000 employees who work in a variety of skilled jobs and trades.

· Health Care – Cook County established the nation’s first blood bank in 1937. Cook County Hospital was the first to have a dedicated unit for trauma services. Today our healthcare system treats more cancer patients than any other provider in the metropolitan area.

· Technology – Cook County’s Bureau of Technology provides technology support to Cook County offices and employees, with its wide area network providing service to more than 120 municipalities.

· Courts – Cook County oversees one of the nation’s largest unified criminal and civil justice system and administers the largest single jail site in the country.

· Highway – Cook County maintains almost 600 miles of roads and highways.

· Land – Cook County assesses the value of more than 1.5 million parcels of taxable land and collects and distributes tax funds as a service for local government taxing bodies.

· Safety – Cook County provides vital services to local government, from conducting elections in suburban areas to offering 911 services in unincorporated areas and municipalities.


Cook County employees have access to a variety of benefits, including:

· Medical and Pharmacy Plans

· Dental Plans

· Vision Plan

· Flexible Spending Accounts – Health Care and Dependent Care

· Life Insurance – Group Term and Supplemental Life

· Commuter Benefits

· Pre-paid Legal Services

· Retirement Benefits

· Competitive Base Pay

Pursuant to the Shakman Consent Decree, Supplemental Relief Order and the Cook County Personnel Rules, this position is exempt from the County’s career service rules, is at-will and political reasons or factors may be considered when taking any employment action. As an employee in a Shakman exempt position, if you do not currently live in Cook County, you will have six (6) months from date of hire to establish actual residency within Cook County.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Provides legal advice to the director or bureau chief in a variety of matters pertaining to
the department’s functions, duties, powers and responsibilities set forth and defined by
the County ordinance, state or federal law.
Helps formulate and define legitimate and appropriate positions to be taken by the
director. Conducts legal research and advises as necessary.

Acts in tandem, where necessary, with legal advisors in the State’s Attorney’s Office and
the President’s General Counsel to coordinate efforts with legislative or civil proceedings
where necessary, including on legal issues regarding the interpretation and enforcement
of County Ordinances and policies.

Reads, analyzes and answers correspondence pertaining to a variety of legal questions of
immediate concern to the department.

May assist the other members of the staff in revising ordinances, legislative proposals,
directives, correspondence, and/or policies for use in intergovernmental relations and
public statements etc. Conducts legal research as needed.

Handles special projects of specific purposes and confidential nature as required.

Assist in matters related to the Employee Appeals Board.

Advises director in the drafting of department procedural rules and policies pertaining to
the interpretation and enforcement of department applicable ordinances, as well as
general Department policy and procedure.

Assists the director in drafting ordinances, agreements, contracts, policies, procedures
and other relevant documentation.

May provide advice to the Public Information Officer on questions related to the
Freedom of Information Act or serve as the Freedom of Information Officer.

Reports matters of legal relevance to the President’s Counsel and accepts assignments
from the director and President’s Counsel as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough and extensive knowledge of the law as it pertains to local and municipal
government in Illinois, particularly with respect to Cook County government and the
Chicago Metropolitan area including unincorporated areas of Cook County.

Skills in researching, interpreting and arguing law as it pertains to the responsibility and
authority of the department; likewise, skilled in the legal analysis and interpretation of the
rules, regulations, laws, ordinances and resolutions of the Cook County Board.

Transactional legal experience.

Ability to coordinate any of the above in connection with the State’s Attorney and/or
other designated counsel.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree PLUS, seven
(7) years or greater professional work experience as an attorney dealing with matters of
civil law, government, or corporate transactions AND, a licensed to practice law in the
State of Illinois.

Physical Requirements

Sedentary Work

Sedentary Work involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible
amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary
work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief
periods of time.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be
construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to
be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.

To apply for this job email your details to BHR.workforcestrategy@cookcountyil.gov