Jacob's Plan - Transparency

Under Meister’s leadership, the Clerk’s office will increase transparency.  

Access to Information

The plan to modernize the office’s computer system will mean more information and tools will be accessible online to the public, practitioners, and other stakeholders who need access to court files. 

Meister will comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and will work with academics and researchers to make data available for those conducting research about important criminal and civil justice issues.  Further, Meister will submit the Clerk’s financial records to a full audit so that the Clerk’s office is held accountable for its handling of hundreds of millions of dollars in fines, fees and forfeitures every year.


The Clerk’s office is ethically and operationally broken, steeped in machine-style cronyism and bogged down by decades of political patronage.  Operational problems cannot be resolved without fixing the myriad of ethical issues. Meister is fully committed to changing the culture and atmosphere of the Clerk’s office. Employees will no longer work in a pay-to-play environment that requires them to do political work to get or keep their jobs.

He will institute a merit-based hiring system, with promotions coming from within, and will bring the office into strict compliance with Shakman standards.  He will also prohibit employees from doing political work on county time, establish protocols to monitor this behavior, and discipline employees that violate policies. The Clerk’s office also needs a truly independent Inspector General, with investigative and enforcement authority, to oversee issues of ethics, hiring and firing and political activity done on County time. 


Meister knows that the technology used in the Cook County courts is antiquated and severely lags behind many courts. Cook County needs to modernize its technology and court operations in order to increase productivity for all users of the courts. LEARN MORE…

Customer Service

Meister is dedicated to treating the users of the courts — the public, lawyers and judges —  as valued customers. On day one, he will name a Chief Customer Service Officer (CCSO) who will be responsible for making the Clerk’s office user-friendly and efficient. LEARN MORE…


Operational problems cannot be resolved without fixing the myriad of ethical issues. Under Meister’s leadership, the Clerk’s office will increase transparency with a real plan that focuses on Access to Information and EthicsLEARN MORE…

Access To Justice

Meister will make Access to Justice a priority from day one. Making our our court system easier to access and navigate, expanding community outreach, working with social services and partnering with libraries. LEARN MORE…

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