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."[4]

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.[4]

See also

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Arnold vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MitchellBridget Anne Mitchell NoDemocratic63.7%ApprovedA   
Swanson, Jr.Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. NoDemocratic36.3% 
Burke vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MartinezMaritza Martinez NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA   
DuganJohn Michael Dugan NoRepublican100%ApprovedA   
Connors vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RiversKristal Rivers NoDemocratic71.0%ApprovedA   
VilkelisPeter J. Vilkelis NoDemocratic29.0% 
O'BrienBrendan A. O'Brien NoDemocraticWithdrawn% 
Unopposed  Judge Daniel J. Kubasiak (Egan vacancy)
Unopposed   Patricia O'Brien Sheahan (Felton vacancy)
Unopposed  Judge Caroline K. Moreland (Howse, Jr. vacancy)
Lowrance vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
CarrollThomas J. Carroll (Illinois) NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA   
DuganJanet Elizabeth Dugan 100%ApprovedA   
McDonald vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
CobbsCynthia Y. Cobbs YesDemocratic72.3%ApprovedA   
MastandreaLinda L. Mastandrea NoDemocratic27.7% 
Neville, Jr. vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RainesWilliam B. Raines NoDemocratic37.0%ApprovedA   
SprattPatricia S. Spratt NoDemocratic22.4% 
MelchorMary Alice Melchor NoDemocratic12.9% 
GallagherCarolyn Joan Gallagher NoDemocratic27.7% 
Reyes vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RosarioDiana Rosario NoDemocratic68.0%ApprovedA   
FeldmanStephen J. Feldman NoDemocratic32.0% 
Veal vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
BufordAndrea M. Buford YesDemocratic64.2%ApprovedA   
KachmarikKelly Maloney Kachmarik NoDemocratic12.5% 
CrawleyJames Patrick Crawley NoDemocratic23.4% 
JudgeElection Vote
FlanaganThomas Flanagan    
McGinnisSheila McGinnis    
LoveNoreen Love    
CoghlanMary Ellen Coghlan    
EganLynn Egan    
NixonLewis Nixon    
Kristyna C. Ryan    
McGuryKathleen McGury    
PowellJoan Powell    
FlanneryJames Flannery    
WalkerDebra B. Walker    
ClayEvelyn Clay    
PattiSebastian Patti    
KarnezisThemis Karnezis    
ByrneThomas J. Byrne    
Sutker-DermerShelley Sutker-Dermer    
ToominMichael Toomin    
HymanMichael Hyman    
Ward KirbyMaureen Ward Kirby    
MasonMary Anne Mason    
JohnsonMarilyn Johnson    
BrennanMargaret Brennan    
KennedyKerry Kennedy    
BrewerEileen Brewer    
SullivanLaura Sullivan    
Gordon-CannonDiane Gordon-Cannon    

2012 election

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