CHICAGO – A year has passed since Iris Martinez took over as Cook County Circuit Court clerk.
Martinez and his staff showed WGN Investigates last December as they attempted to vacate offices that were overloaded with files and boxes. Since Tuesday, they are still trying to clean it.
It hasn’t always been easy. The clerk’s office was short of 300 people when she took over. The office has filled 100 positions to date and is modernizing an office led by Dorothy Brown for 20 years.
And they had to deal with a data breach. In August, the office’s website, which is used by thousands of people to search for information on cases, was exploited by hackers.
Martinez said no personal information was released, but his staff chose to take parts of the website offline.
“Now we’re rebuilding a website that’s got all the old software, old data software,” Martinez said. “Right now with technology there is a lot more technology that helps prevent ransomware and some of those other things happening out there. “
Martinez and his staff must now meet a deadline set by the court. Last week, on December 6, a new portal will be launched, called Odyssey, which will allow lawyers and members of the public to file legal documents online.
Lourdes Duarte from WGN has more above.
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