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Cook County Judge Resigns from Palos Community Hospital Boards

A Cook County Circuit judge has relinquished her role on two leadership roles for Palos Community Hospital.

A Cook County Circuit Judge who also sat on boards that oversee Palos Community Hospital has resigned, after revelations that the hospital regularly used her brother's law firm. 

Officials confirmed Friday that Judge Lynn Egan had stepped down from her roles on two boards, Crain's Chicago reports. 

Egan's involvement with the hospital's leadership spans 15 years, Crain's reports. Her brother, Matthew Egan, is a partner in the Chicago-based law firm Pretzel & Stouffer. According to Crain’s, Matthew Egan “represented Palos in at least 15 cases before his sister's judicial colleagues, most of them involving medical malpractice or personal injury.”

Egan maintains that she disclosed her brother’s representation of Palos in an annual conflict statement available to hospital auditors and tax preparers. Crain's reports that the hospital did not disclose the financial relationship with Matthew Egan in the hospital’s tax filings between 1999 and 2011. 

Her resignation is the sixth since the abrupt departure of CEO Edgardo Tenreiro in February.

Other recent resignations include board members Carole Ruzich and Thomas Courtney. Ruzich sat on the board of the hospital's parent company St. George Corp., and Courtney was one of 12 on the hospital's board, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Ruzich also serves as a trustee for the Village of Orland Park.

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Joe Gerrado April 07, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Ahhhhhhh, Cook County politics! You're right, how does she NOT see a conflict????
Marlene Kirby April 07, 2014 at 03:54 PM
She's been there 15 years why know. All these Board Members leaving after Edgardo doesn't take much to figure out this one. So sad to hear all this.
russell j. rutke April 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Some might have been involved in the vetting process, or should have been involved. We will never know.
mom April 08, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Wow!!! Way to much power for one person. I wonder wow many pensions this person is entitled to? I would think just being a judge would b a full time job for the county of Cook.
russell j. rutke April 08, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Crook county is where politicians get schooled in quadruple dipping. Hard to imagine any county in the US more corrupt. No coincidence that this occurs in a one party ruled county and state.

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