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Cook County judge resigns after saying secret cases name her

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Cook County Judge Susan McDunn has stepped down, little more than a week after the Sun-Times detailed her bizarre appearances in federal court, where she claimed powerhouses in politics and the Chicago Archdiocese were out to get her.

A spokesperson for Timothy C. Evans, chief judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, said McDunn resigned effective Friday, Nov. 9, in a letter to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Joseph Tybor, spokesman for the Supreme Court, confirmed she gave her notice on Friday and that it was effective the same day.

McDunn, who had been assigned to hear cases in the civil Law Division in the Daley Center, was quietly suspended by Evans and another supervising judge in recent months and has subsequently been on medical leave.

Evans would not discuss why she was removed from the bench.

McDunn told the Sun-Times on Nov. 2 that she asked for a leave of absence during a bench trial she was presiding over in December after she felt "a great pain from all the persecution I have suffered since I began this job 20 years ago."

She also told the paper she was under the care of a doctor, but insisted she is healthy.

Concerns about McDunn's mental state became public after she twice in October asked federal judges during highly agitated court appearances to intervene in cases she believed had been secretly filed in her name.

She told the paper — as she told the court — that she believes mystery cases involving her and figures including former Mayor Richard M. Daley and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez may exist, despite being told eight times by Chicago's top federal judge, James Holderman, that "there is no case."

McDunn refused to divulge why she thinks she is being targeted — even to the federal court — and says she had hoped her suspicions that powerful people, including officials from the Archdiocese of Chicago, have "ruined my life" would be kept under seal. Holderman denied that request last week, telling her, "these filings will be public record."

Her departure was somewhat unexpected. Earlier this month she told a Sun-Times reporter the Daley Center was a "toxic, hostile work environment that I needed to get away from," but also added she hoped to "eventually" return to the bench "once I've got to the bottom of the persecution."

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