Dorothy Brown and Rick Munoz fling insults in Cook County Clerk of Court debate

February 22, 2012

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Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown (left) speaks at a debate while her opponent, Chicago Ald. Rick Munoz, looks on.

Accusations of mismanagement and unethical behavior are flying between Democrats running for clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court. They met Tuesday night for a debate in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The debate was in a church, but that won't faze politicians content on hurling negativity at each other.

Chicago Ald. Rick Munoz (22nd) accused incumbent Court Clerk Dorothy Brown of negotiating a contract for electronic document filing that he said "smells really bad." Munoz said the Alabama company, which is a big campaign contributor to Brown, stands to gain millions off a processing fee.

"They want to charge $4.95 for every user, for every case transaction, for every time that somebody files a court document," Munoz said.

But Brown said that's actually a good deal, given the alternative.

"It's nothing compared to the $5.75 per hour that they would have to pay if they came downtown and would have to park at the parking meter for the bad parking meter deal that the alderman voted for.

In the city council, Munoz was one of 40 aldermen to vote to lease Chicago's parking meters to a private company.

The two square off in the Democratic primary on March 20th. No Republicans filed to run for the office.