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Chief Judge Evans sets date for court’s Italian Heritage Month Courthouse Tour

Released On 09/09/2008

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced the Circuit Court of Cook County Italian Heritage Month Courthouse Tour of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2008. Co-sponsoring the tour are the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and the Justinian Society of Lawyers.

The tour offers the public a sense of the day-to-day operations in one of the nation’s largest unified court systems. Highlights of the tour will include a visit to a courtroom to observe a trial in progress, an informal presentation by a Circuit Court judge and a meeting with bar association representatives.

Tour participants receive the court’s informational guide, which outlines the structure of the Circuit Court of Cook County, explains the basics of trial proceedings and includes a directory of court and county services.

The Italian Heritage Month Courthouse Tour is part of the court’s year-round Community Heritage Month Courthouse Tour Series which combines public education activities with national and local observances marking racial and ethnic diversity. Tours are also held during Arab Heritage Month, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Black History Month, Polish Heritage Month, Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month and on Puerto Rican Heritage Day. The tours have been attended by thousands of Cook County residents.

Individuals or groups planning on attending the Italian Heritage Month Courthouse Tour should contact Milissa Pacelli, of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Public Affairs Office, at 312.603.1927 on or before Tuesday, October 7, 2008. The tour is limited to persons age ten and older, with a maximum of 35 persons to a group. Reservations are recommended. The tour will depart at 10 a.m. from the Daley Center’s west lobby located on the Randolph and Clark Streets side of the building.

For more information about other courthouse tours and other programs and services of the Circuit Court of Cook County, visit www.cookcountycourt.org.

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