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Illinois Cook Judicial Circuit Court

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The Cook Judicial Circuit encompasses Cook County, Illinois. It is the largest judicial district in the state and, according to the court website, "one of the largest unified court systems in the world."[1]


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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

Former judges

Operation Greylord

In the 1980s, the Cook County Circuit Court was probed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Operation Greylord. Allegations of corruption in the court ranged from fixing drunk driving cases to felony charges. A lawyer was caught on tape bragging that "even a murder case can be fixed if the judge is given something to hang his hat on."[3]

By the end of the probe, nearly 100 people, including lawyers, police officers, court clerks, sheriff's deputies, and 17 judges were indicted, and all but a handful were convicted. Of the judges indicted, 15 were convicted of corruption charges, including Judge Richard LeFevour who was sentenced to twelve years in prison for taking bribes to fix traffic cases.[3]

See also

External links


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Arnold vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MitchellBridget Anne MitchellApprovedANoDemocratic63.7%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Swanson, Jr.Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. YesDemocratic36.3% 
Burke vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MartinezMaritza MartinezApprovedANoDemocratic100%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Connors vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
O'BrienBrendan A. O'Brien NoDemocraticWithdrawn% 
RiversKristal RiversApprovedANoDemocratic71.0%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
VilkelisPeter J. Vilkelis NoDemocratic29.0% 
Unopposed  Judge Daniel J. Kubasiak (Egan vacancy)
Unopposed   Patricia O'Brien Sheahan (Felton vacancy)
Unopposed  Judge Caroline K. Moreland (Howse, Jr. vacancy)
Unopposed   Thomas J. Carroll (Illinois) (Lowrance vacancy)
McDonald vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
CobbsCynthia Y. CobbsApprovedAYesDemocratic72.3%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MastandreaLinda L. Mastandrea NoDemocratic27.7% 
Neville, Jr. vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
GallagherCarolyn Joan Gallagher NoDemocratic27.7% 
RainesWilliam B. RainesApprovedANoDemocratic37.0%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SprattPatricia S. Spratt NoDemocratic22.4% 
MelchorMary Alice Melchor NoDemocratic12.9% 
Reyes vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RosarioDiana RosarioApprovedANoDemocratic68.0%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FeldmanStephen J. Feldman NoDemocratic32.0% 
Veal vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
BufordAndrea M. BufordApprovedAYesDemocratic64.2%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KachmarikKelly Maloney Kachmarik NoDemocratic12.5% 
CrawleyJames Patrick Crawley NoDemocratic23.4% 
JudgeElection Vote
FlanneryJames Flannery 
ClayEvelyn Clay 
BrewerEileen Brewer 
Gordon-CannonDiane Gordon-Cannon 
WalkerDebra B. Walker 
Ward KirbyMaureen Ward Kirby 
CoghlanMary Ellen Coghlan 
JohnsonMarilyn Johnson 
NixonLewis Nixon 
PowellJoan Powell 
MasonMary Anne Mason 
McGinnisSheila McGinnis 
KennedyKerry Kennedy 
BrennanMargaret Brennan 
Kristyna C. Ryan 
Sutker-DermerShelley Sutker-Dermer 
SullivanLaura Sullivan 
PattiSebastian Patti 
ByrneThomas J. Byrne 
McGuryKathleen McGury 
FlanaganThomas Flanagan 
EganLynn Egan 
KarnezisThemis Karnezis 
ToominMichael Toomin 
HymanMichael Hyman 


CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
BellowsCarole Bellows   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HaberkornCatherine Haberkorn   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SheehanColleen Sheehan   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   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   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   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   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Murphy GormanJoyce Marie Murphy Gorman   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
O'MalleyKaren Lynn O'Malley   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Claudia Conlon47.71%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
FlanaganKathy Flanagan   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Lorna E. Propes   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Aurelia Pucinski52.62%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
MarasMarcia Maras   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BrosnahanMary Brosnahan   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
CoghlanMatthew Coghlan   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HowlettMichael Howlett   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
McHaleMichael McHale   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
MullenMichael Tully Mullen   ApprovedANoDemocraticVacancy of Paul Stralka100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
Hill-VealPamela Hill-Veal   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
LeemingPamela Leeming   ApprovedAYesRepublicanVacancy of Stewart37.44%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
O'BrienPatrick W. O'Brien   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KarkulaPaul Karkula   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
FunderburkRaymond Funderburk   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
WalshRichard Walsh   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HartiganRussell Hartigan   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of John Moran100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
HillStanley L. Hill    YesDemocraticVacancy of Claudia Conlon38.8% 
LubinStuart Lubin   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PalmerStuart Palmer   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
RotiThomas Roti   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA