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CHICAGO — Prosecutors in Cook County, Ill., are clamoring for 13% pay raises to give them salaries equal to those of the county’s public defenders following a dashed promise to boost the wages last month. Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine showed up at a county board meeting on July 10 to make the pitch in person and was backed by about 150 prosecutors and supporters who showed up to underline the need. Prosecutors are leaving the office in search of higher-paying work, Devine said. The county cut about 40 prosecutor jobs earlier this year amid a budget crunch. Although the Chicago Tribune reported that Devine left the board meeting with a promise from Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to provide a cost-of-living increase, Stroger has said repeatedly that the raise is contingent on the county selling some property on the site of a local hospital. The board took a step toward allowing such a sale at the meeting this week and the county has been “aggressively” marketing the property, Stroger said in a statement. Still, he made no commitment. “We do not have the revenue to pay for cost of living adjustments at this time,” Stroger said in a statement this week. The office has about 820 assistant state’s attorneys and the average annual salary is $69,969.

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