IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
June 21, 2011
ROBERT REICH, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
ESTATE OF FRANK E. FITZSIMMONS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS. RAY MARSHALL, PLAINTIFF,
LORAN W. ROBBINS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS. ALEXIS M. HERMAN, PLAINTIFF,
ALLEN M. DORFMAN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
This Court has regularly received, and has just as regularly reviewed in detail, the thorough quarterly reports submitted by Honorable Frank J. McGarr, serving as the Independent Special Counsel appointed pursuant to the consent decrees in the above- captioned cases. Those reports reflect Board of Trustees actions that have been fully sensitive and responsive to the last several years' economic difficulties confronting the entire country. Because this Court inherited from a departing colleague the function of receiving and reviewing Judge McGarr's*fn2 detailed informative submissions, it has been and is unaware of the appropriate protocol--whether formal approval of those reports is called for, or whether instead its required role is that suggested by the manner in which Judge McGarr concludes each of his reports:
I will be glad to provide additional details regarding any aspect of my activities as Independent Special Counsel. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. If the latter is the case, Judge McGarr's meticulous handling of his responsibilities has obviated any need for further questioning or commentary. If the former alternative is more appropriate, this Court is pleased to approve each of the reports that it has received, and it hereby confirms such approval.