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1997 Illinois Attorney General Reports and Opinions 1 (1997)

handle is hein.sag/sagil0019 and id is 1 raw text is: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
January 9, 1997
Jim Ryan
FILE NO. 97-001
Authority of State's Attorney
to Represent County in Civil Cases
Honorable James W. Glasgow
State's Attorney, Will County
14 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432
Dear Mr. Glasgow:
I have your letter wher n 0     uire regarding the
extent of the authority of     tate   ttorney to control the
representation of the cu y an is of      rs with respect to
tort claims pending ag i st them.  or the reasons hereinafter
stated, it is     . io    at t   xclusive authority to defend
the county n county offic     when sued in their official
capacity i  ested in     State's Attorney. Neither the county
board nor a     e   o ty officer has the authority to retain
counsel or to expend public funds to employ private counsel for
such purposes, unless such counsel is designated by the State's
Attorney to assist in carrying out his or her duties, or appoint-
ed by the court to serve as a Special State's Attorney in accor-
500 South Second Street. Springfield, Illinois 62706 (217) 782-1090 * TIY: (217) 785-2771 * FAX: (217) 782-7046
100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601  (S12) 814.3000 * TI: (312) 814-3374 * FAX: (312) 814-3806
1001 East Main. Carbondale, Illinois 62901  (618) 457-3505 * TTY: (618) 457-4421 * FAX: (618) 457-5509  *ID*

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