Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown will keep accepting
campaign contributions from her employees, which her challenger, Ald.
Ricardo Munoz (22nd), has called ethically dubious. Brown told the Chicago Tribune that she will continue to accept campaign money from people she supervises, noting that it does not run afoul of Illinois campaign finance law.
Munoz has largely framed the race for circuit court clerk as a referendum on Brown's ethical lapses. Both candidates question whether their opponent can manage an enormous judicial bureaucracy that includes 19,000 employees, a $72.5 million annual budget, and the handling of 2.4 million cases a year.