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Chief Judge Evans announces Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Day Courthouse Tour

Released On 05/15/2006

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced the Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Day Courthouse Tour will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2006, in the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street in Chicago. Co-sponsoring the tour is the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

The tour offers the public a sense of the day-to-day operations of one of the nation’s largest unified court systems. Tour highlights include visiting a courtroom to observe a trial in progress, an informal presentation by a Circuit Court judge, and the opportunity to meet with bar association representatives. Tour participants receive the Spanish and English versions of the court’s informational guide, which contains an overview of the court, a directory of court and county services, and background on the trial process.

The Puerto Rican Heritage Day 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 Black History Month, Women’s History Month, National Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month, Italian Heritage Month, Arab Heritage Month, Polish Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The tours have been attended by thousands of Cook County residents.

Individuals or groups planning on attending the Puerto Rican Heritage Day Courthouse Tour may contact Milissa Pacelli of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Public Affairs Office at 312.603.1927 on or before Monday, June 12, 2006. 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 Washington and Clark Street side of the building.

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

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