Cook County, Illinois

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Cook County is located in Illinois. As of 2006, the population was 5,288,655, making it the second largest county by population in the United States (after Los Angeles County, California), larger than the population of 29 states, and accounting for 43.3% of the state's population. The county seat is Chicago, the principal city of its metropolitan area; Chicago makes up about 54% of the population of the county, the rest being provided by various suburbs. Cook County is the 19th largest government in the United States. Cook County has by far more Democratic Party members than any other Illinois county, and is one of the most Democratic counties in the United States. It has only voted once for a Republican candidate in a Presidential election in the last forty years, in 1972, when county voters preferred Richard Nixon to George McGovern by 53.4% to 46%.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has jurisdiction in Cook County. Appeals from the Northern District go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Cook County, Illinois

History

Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 by an act of the Illinois State Legislature. It was the 54th county established in Illinois and was named after Daniel Pope Cook, one of the earliest and youngest statesmen in Illinois history, who served as the second U.S. Representative from Illinois and the first Attorney General of the State of Illinois. Shortly thereafter, in 1839, DuPage County was carved out of Cook County.

Government

The Circuit Court of Cook County, which is the largest unified court system in the world, disposing of over 6 million cases in 1990 alone, the Cook County Department of Corrections, which is the largest single-site jail in the nation, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, the first juvenile center in the nation and one of the largest in the nation, are solely the responsibility of Cook County government. The Cook County Law Library is the second largest county law library in the nation.

The Bureau of Health Services administers the county's public health services and is the second largest public health system in the nation. Three hospitals are part of this system: John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Provident Hospital, and Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County, along with over 30 outpatient clinics.

The Cook County Highway Department is responsible for the design and maintenance of over 578 miles of roadways in the county. These thoroughfares are mostly composed of major and minor arterials, with a few local roads. Although the Highway Department was instrumental in designing many of the expressways in the county, today they are under the jurisdiction of the state.

The Forest Preserve District, organized in 1915, is a separate, independent taxing body, but the Cook County Board of Commissioners also acts as the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners. The District is a belt of 68,000 acres (275 km²) of forest reservations surrounding the City of Chicago. The Brookfield Zoo (managed by the Chicago Zoological Society) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (managed by the Chicago Horticultural Society) are located in the forest preserves.

In the 1980s, Cook County was ground zero to an extensive FBI investigation named Operation Greylord. Ninety-two officials were indicted, including 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 8 policemen, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 court officials, and 1 state legislator.

Cook County is the fifth largest employer in Chicago.[1]

Secession Movements

To establish more localized government control and policies which reflect the often different values and needs of large suburban sections of the sprawling county, several secession movements have been made over the years which called for certain townships or municipalities to form their own independent counties.

In the late 1970s, a movement started which proposed a separation of six northwest suburban townships, Cook County's panhandle from Cook to Lincoln County, in honor of the native former U.S. president who ironically does not have an Illinois county named after him. It is likely that Arlington Heights would have been the county seat. This northwest suburban region of Cook is moderately conservative and has a population over 500,000. Local legislators, led by State Senator Dave Regnar, went so far as to propose it as official legislation in the Illinois House. The legislation died, however, before coming to a vote.

In 2004, Blue Island mayor Donald Peloquin tried to organize a coalition of fifty-five south and southwest suburban municipalities to form a new county, also proposing the name Lincoln County. The county would include everything south of Burbank, stretching as far west as Orland Park, as far east as Calumet City, and as far south as Matteson, covering an expansive area with a population of over one million residents. Peloquin cited that the south suburbs are often shunned by the city and blamed the Chicago-centric policies of Cook County government for failing to jumpstart the long-depressed local economy of the south suburban region. Pending sufficient interest from local communities, Peloquin planned a petition drive to place a question regarding the secession on the general election ballot.[2]

References

Judges

Illinois Cook Judicial Circuit Court

Judges

Serving Chicago, unless otherwise noted:

Jurisdiction of the Cook Judicial Circuit
Cook County Courthouse housing the domestic violence division.

Resident Judges

Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Chicago's South Side

Associate Judges

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The State of Illinois, Judges of the Cook Judicial Circuit
  3. Circuit Court of Cook County: Judges Search

2014

Illinois Cook Judicial Circuit Court Subcircuits

Cook County 2nd Subcircuit, O'Neal vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
SumnerNyshana K. Sumner NoDemocratic45.4% 
WatkinsSteven G. Watkins NoDemocratic54.6%ApprovedA   
Cook County 3rd Subcircuit, Donnelly vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
GlennonLauren Brougham Glennon NoDemocratic39.1% 
McGuireTerrence J. McGuire NoDemocratic60.9%ApprovedA   
Cook County 4th Subcircuit, Billik, Jr. vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
PuliaMaureen Masterson Pulia NoDemocratic30.2% 
RyanJames Ryan (Illinois) NoDemocratic12.3% 
PetersDaniel L. Peters NoDemocratic12.1% 
StephensonBrian Joseph Stephenson NoDemocratic12.7% 
MahoneyJohn J. Mahoney NoDemocratic32.7%ApprovedA   
Cook County 4th Subcircuit, Mulhern vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
ReggiMartin D. Reggi NoDemocratic40.7% 
AllegrettiJohn Michael Allegretti NoDemocratic59.3%ApprovedA   
Cook County 7th Subcircuit, Hardy-Campbell vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
KuzasRobert D. Kuzas NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA   
Cook County 7th Subcircuit, Taylor vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
ShelbyOwens J. Shelby NoDemocratic16.1% 
JacksonMarianne Jackson NoDemocratic30.2% 
RiceJudy Rice NoDemocratic53.7%ApprovedA   
Cook County 9th Subcircuit, Goldberg vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MyersNathan Benjamin Myers NoDemocratic8.9% 
EsrigJerry A. Esrig YesDemocratic42.4% 
GoldishMegan Elizabeth Goldish NoDemocratic48.8%ApprovedA   
Cook County 9th Subcircuit, Meyer vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
KougiasThomas Peter Kougias NoDemocratic13.7% 
ForteMonica A. Forte NoDemocratic23.5% 
HansenAnjana Hansen NoDemocratic62.8%ApprovedA   
Cook County 9th Subcircuit, Preston vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
CushingThomas M. Cushing NoDemocratic21.4% 
OttoMichael F. Otto NoDemocratic9.8% 
StromMichael Alan Strom NoDemocratic23.2% 
AlexanderBrian Alexander (Illinois) NoDemocratic10.2% 
RomanekAbbey Fishman Romanek NoDemocratic35.3%ApprovedA   
Cook County 10th Subcircuit, A vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
KyriakopoulosAnthony C. Kyriakopoulos NoDemocratic55.0%ApprovedA   
O'DellKatherine A. O'Dell NoDemocratic45.0% 
Cook County 11th Subcircuit, A vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
KozickiScott Michael Kozicki NoDemocratic22.1% 
MeyersonPamela McLean Meyerson NoDemocratic38.8% 
CrumbleGina A. Crumble NoDemocratic18.5% 
RosadoJoanne F. Rosado NoDemocratic44.2%ApprovedA   
Cook County 12th Subcircuit, Jordan vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
KaplanJames L. Kaplan NoDemocratic38.3%ApprovedA   
PieczonkaJames Paul Pieczonka NoRepublican100%ApprovedA   
BaeSamuel Bae NoDemocratic12.9% 
MeczykRalph Eugene Meczyk NoDemocratic15.6% 
Hanlon, Jr.James Edward Hanlon, Jr. NoDemocratic33.2% 
Cook County 13th Subcircuit, Iosco vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
SeyringGary W. Seyring NoRepublican49.7% 
CurryJohn Curry NoRepublican50.3%ApprovedA   
Cook County 15th Subcircuit, Doody, Jr. vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
FotopoulosJohn S. Fotopoulos NoDemocratic15.3% 
EmbilDiana L. Embil YesDemocratic40.7% 
CoughlinPatrick Kevin Coughlin NoDemocratic44%ApprovedA   
Cook County 15th Subcircuit, Sterba vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
DenmarkSondra Denmark NoDemocratic17.4% 
PerkinsRobbin Perkins NoDemocratic18.7% 
BarrettMichael B. Barrett NoDemocratic25.9% 
DuffyMary Beth Duffy NoDemocratic12.1% 
LawlerChris Lawler NoDemocratic26.0%ApprovedA   

Illinois First District Appellate Court

Gordon vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
HarrisSheldon Harris NoDemocratic37.5%ApprovedA   
Kennedy SullivanSusan Kennedy Sullivan NoDemocratic27.1% 
LyleFreddrenna M. Lyle NoDemocratic35.2% 
Murphy vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
EllisDavid Ellis NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA   
Steele vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
SimonJohn B. Simon YesDemocratic54.1%ApprovedA   
Oden-JohnsonSharon Oden-Johnson NoDemocratic45.9% 
See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2014

2012

For statewide judicial election information, see: Illinois judicial elections, 2012.

First District Appellate Court

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
SmithJames Fitzgerald Smith   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
ReyesJesse G. Reyes   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Sheila O'Brien33%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
DelortMathias W. Delort   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Robert Cahill25%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
ConnorsMaureen Connors   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Mary Jane TheisApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
HowseNathaniel R. Howse   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Sharon ColemanApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
NevilleP. Scott Neville   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Michael Gallagher44%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
LavinTerrence J. Lavin   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of John TullyApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

Circuit Court

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
BellowsCarole Bellows   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
HaberkornCatherine Haberkorn   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
SheehanColleen Sheehan   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
RamirezCynthia Ramirez   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Donald O'Brien60.04%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
MarsalekDiann Karen Marsalek   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Margaret O'Mara Frossard34.67%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
HayesElizabeth Mary Hayes   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of John Ward28.63%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Erica L. Reddick   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Dorothy Kinnaird55.30%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
MurphyJames P. Murphy   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Prendergast RooneyJean M. Prendergast Rooney   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Daniel Jordan100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
O'BrienJessica A. O'Brien   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Henry Simmons47.79%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
GuillemetteJo Anne Guillemette    NoDemocraticVacancy of Claudia Conlon13.53% 
O'BrienJoan O'Brien   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Murphy GormanJoyce Murphy Gorman   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
O'MalleyKaren Lynn O'Malley   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Claudia Conlon47.71%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
FlanaganKathy Flanagan   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Lorna E. Propes   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Aurelia Pucinski52.62%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
MarasMarcia Maras   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
BrosnahanMary Brosnahan   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
CoghlanMatthew Coghlan   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
HowlettMichael Howlett   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
McHaleMichael McHale   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
MullenMichael Tully Mullen   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Paul Stralka100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Hill-VealPamela Hill-Veal   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
LeemingPamela Leeming   ApprovedAYesRepublicanVacancy of Stewart37.44%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
O'BrienPatrick W. O'Brien   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
KarkulaPaul Karkula   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
FunderburkRaymond Funderburk   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
WalshRichard Walsh   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
HartiganRussell Hartigan   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of John Moran100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
HillStanley L. Hill    YesDemocraticVacancy of Claudia Conlon38.8% 
LubinStuart Lubin   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
PalmerStuart Palmer   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
RotiThomas Roti   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA

Subcircuit Courts

2nd Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
Camille E. Willis   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
BoydCarl B. Boyd   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Michael Stuttley49.98%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Drella Savage   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA

3rd Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
Christopher J. Donnelly   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
DegnanDaniel R. Degnan   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Colleen McSweeney-Moore100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Maureen F. Delehanty   ApprovedAYesVacancy of Patrick McGann65.36%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Peter Flynn   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Thomas W. Murphy   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA

4th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
CookChristine Cook    NoRepublicanAdditional judgeship A100%ApprovedA40.3%   DefeatedD
PetersDaniel L. Peters    YesDemocraticVacancy of Daniel Riley19.72% 
MaloneyEdward M. Maloney   ApprovedANoDemocraticAdditional judgeship A35.83%ApprovedA59.7%   ApprovedA
FournierHarry J. Fournier    NoRepublicanVacancy of Daniel Riley38.0%   DefeatedD
James M. Varga   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
GallagherTerry Gallagher   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Daniel Riley30.03%ApprovedA62.0%   ApprovedA

6th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
SantiagoBeatriz Santiago   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of David Delgado39.32%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Gloria Chevere   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Marya Nega   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Ramon Ocasio, III   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
CeperoRobert Lopez Cepero   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA

7th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
MacCarthyAicha Marie MacCarthy   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Dorothy Jones100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Arthur P. Wheatley    NoDemocraticVacancy of Amanda Toney 
Carol M. Howard   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
LewisKimberly D. Lewis   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Amanda ToneyApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
BattagliaMark Battaglia    NoDemocraticVacancy of Amanda Toney 
RochesterRoxanne L. Rochester    NoDemocraticVacancy of Cheryl Starks38.9% 
Tommy Brewer   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Cheryl Starks61.1%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
GamboneyWilliam Gamboney   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Lawrence Terrell100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

8th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
GamrathCelia G. Gamrath   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Thomas Chiola49.16%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
GubinDeborah J. Gubin   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Maureen Durkin Roy54.07%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
KaplanJames L. Kaplan    YesDemocraticVacancy of Melvin Cole19.41% 
SantiagoJohn H. Ehrlich   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Melvin Cole39.32%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
LiuLaura C. Liu   ApprovedAYesDemocraticAdditional Judgeship A100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

9th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
Larry Axelrood   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of James Epstein38.24%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Lee Preston   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Jean-BaptisteLionel Jean-Baptiste   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Gerald Bender61.54%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Marvin P. Luckman   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Michael Ian Bender    YesDemocraticVacancy of Gerald Bender38.46% 
Moshe Jacobius   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA

10th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
Garritt E. Howard   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
James M. McGing   ApprovedAYes74.7%   ApprovedA
AllenThomas Allen   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Daniel Locallo100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

11th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
MarinoLisa Ann Marino   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Joseph Urso43.64%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Mary Colleen Roberts   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Michael R. Clancy   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Edward O'Brien44.37%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Ronald F. Bartkowicz   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA

12th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
SchleiferAndrea M. Schleifer   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Mary Rochford61.78%ApprovedA53.7%   ApprovedA
Ellen L. Flannigan   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Grace G. Dickler   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
PieczonkaJames Paul Pieczonka    NoRepublicanVacancy of Mary Rochford100%ApprovedA46.3%   DefeatedD
Joseph G. Kazmierski, Jr.   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA

13th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
Jill Cerone-Marisie   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Ketki Shroff Steffen    YesRepublicanVacancy of Edward Pietrucha24.40% 
KelleyMartin C. Kelley   ApprovedANoDemocraticAdditional judgeship A100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Martin S. Agran   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
PavlusPaul Pavlus   ApprovedANoRepublicanVacancy of Edward Pietrucha46.55%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

14th Subcircuit:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
Lisa Ruble-Murphy   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
Maura Slattery-Boyle   ApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
ScannicchioRegina Ann Scannicchio   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Lawrence O'Gara100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

See also

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