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Cook Co. Attorney Remains on Job Amidst Scandal

Posted at: 12/07/2012 7:27 PM
Updated at: 12/07/2012 10:44 PM
By: Travis Dill

nullAuthorities in Cook County did not comment about the restraining order filed against their county attorney.

County commissioners and the Sheriff declined to comment on Friday about the harassment restraining order against Tim Scannell.

According to court documents, the Cook County attorney had a romantic relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Scannell was not in his office on Friday. However, Assistant County Attorney Molly Hickens said office duties have not changed and Scannell still has authority.

The restraining order granted to her parents prohibits Scannell from contact with the girl, her family and her school. That is where the teen's mother works, and where she would presumably finish her education.

On Friday, Cook County Schools Superintendent Beth Schwarz said the school is prepared for the situation.

“The restraining order does involve the school district and so in this particular case we would not allow that person on campus,” Schwarz said.

She also said teachers are warned about anyone that is restricted from campus, and students are taught about potential situations.

“Just like any school would talk about stranger danger from little on up, and also about appropriate relationships. We do that throughout our curriculum,” Schwarz said.

The Lawyers' Professional Responsibility Board oversees attorney behavior. The board's director, Martin Cole, said that the board is not likely to get involved in the case. He said it is up to the voters to decide on Scannell's job. 

Scannell's attorney has said the county attorney regrets the pain he's caused, but he has committed no crime and did not engage in “sexual conduct” with the teen.