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Make the Cook County Courts Work for You

Cook County residents need to know that their court system works for them. As Cook County Judge in the 13th Judicial Subcircuit, I will make sure that your courts are working for you.

We need hard-working, dedicated judges who will move cases and give people their day in court. Citizens should have the opportunity to be heard, especially those awaiting trial, and justice should never be unnecessarily delayed, which is often the case in Cook County. I will be the hardest working judge in the county, running an appropriate court call and working tirelessly to reduce the county’s backlog of cases.

I have had the privilege of sitting on committees that have evaluated judges, and in every instance one of the most important qualities identified for any judge is “judicial temperament.” Judges need to be approachable, professional in their demeanor, objective, and decisive. Over the years, I have worked with and appeared before many judges who have proper judicial temperament, and sadly some who do not. People dread going to courtrooms where judges do not embody these necessary qualities. I believe I have the proper judicial temperament to serve as judge, and I will strive to run a courtroom where people recognize that they can trust their judge to do what is right and equitable, and do so in a respectful way.

I believe in our legal system, the rule of law, the supremacy of facts, and the need for the fair administration of justice. I believe strongly that judges ought to apply the law, not make or rewrite the law to fit their viewpoints. Unfortunately, all too often in Cook County, our judges are not following these principles. You can count on me to be fair and impartial, with no vested interest in who wins. I will simply apply the rule of law to the facts, and make decisions in a thoughtful and objective manner.

As an accomplished litigation attorney with over 25 years of experience in public and private practice, I am prepared to serve as judge. I clerked for a Cook County Judge in the Chancery Division, served in the Illinois Attorney General’s office under Jim Ryan, served the state as Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of Inspector General, and currently work as Senior Counsel for Walgreens. My diverse legal and educational experience has prepared me to be a knowledgeable, well-prepared judge. I hope you will give me the opportunity to make the Cook County courts work for you.

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