Cook County Judge Susan McDunn has stepped down, little more than a week after the Sun-Times detailed her bizarre appearances in federal court in which she claimed powerhouses in politics and the Chicago Roman Catholic Archdiocese were out to get her.
The judge told the Sun-Times in a phone interview late Tuesday afternoon that the “cruel and unwarranted persecution I’ve been dealing with for years” on the bench convinced her to pull the plug on her career — a job that pays $182,000 a year.
“This is too much,” McDunn told the Sun-Times. “It’s been constant for 20 years. ... It’s too painful for me to be at the courthouse because that’s where most of the persecution arises from,” she said.
She said the “persecution” began when she ran for a hotly contested judicial race — and ousted the slated Democrat. And it continued, she says, during her controversial handling of gay adoptions. McDunn refused to approve uncontested adoptions by lesbian couples without a hearing, a move at odds with standard practice in Cook County and one that garnered unwanted headlines. The Illinois Judicial Inquiry board argued she was biased against gays; the Illinois Courts Commission cleared her. ...More HERE