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]

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Arnold vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
Swanson, Jr.Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. YesDemocratic36.3% 
MitchellBridget Anne MitchellApprovedANoDemocratic63.7%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
Burke vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MartinezMaritza MartinezApprovedANoDemocratic100%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
Connors vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
O'BrienBrendan A. O'Brien NoDemocraticWithdrawn% 
RiversKristal RiversApprovedANoDemocratic71.0%ApprovedA   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%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
MastandreaLinda L. Mastandrea NoDemocratic27.7% 
Neville, Jr. vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
GallagherCarolyn Joan Gallagher NoDemocratic27.7% 
RainesWilliam B. RainesApprovedANoDemocratic37.0%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
SprattPatricia S. Spratt NoDemocratic22.4% 
MelchorMary Alice Melchor NoDemocratic12.9% 
Reyes vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RosarioDiana RosarioApprovedANoDemocratic68.0%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
FeldmanStephen J. Feldman NoDemocratic32.0% 
Veal vacancy
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
BufordAndrea M. BufordApprovedAYesDemocratic64.2%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
KachmarikKelly Maloney Kachmarik NoDemocratic12.5% 
CrawleyJames Patrick Crawley NoDemocratic23.4% 
JudgeElection Vote
CoghlanMary Ellen Coghlan 77.9% ApprovedA
NixonLewis Nixon 74.3% ApprovedA
Kristyna C. Ryan 78.3% ApprovedA
JohnsonMarilyn Johnson 78.7% ApprovedA
ToominMichael Toomin 74.7% ApprovedA
ClayEvelyn Clay 77.9% ApprovedA
BrewerEileen Brewer 78.3% ApprovedA
Gordon-CannonDiane Gordon-Cannon 76.4% ApprovedA
WalkerDebra B. Walker 79.3% ApprovedA
Ward KirbyMaureen Ward Kirby 77.2% ApprovedA
PowellJoan Powell 75.9% ApprovedA
MasonMary Anne Mason 78.3% ApprovedA
McGinnisSheila McGinnis 77.7% ApprovedA
KennedyKerry Kennedy 78.1% ApprovedA
BrennanMargaret Brennan 78.4% ApprovedA
Sutker-DermerShelley Sutker-Dermer 76.0% ApprovedA
FlanneryJames Flannery 76.9% ApprovedA
SullivanLaura Sullivan 75.6% ApprovedA
PattiSebastian Patti 75.1% ApprovedA
ByrneThomas J. Byrne 76.3% ApprovedA
McGuryKathleen McGury 78.5% ApprovedA
FlanaganThomas Flanagan 73.1% ApprovedA
EganLynn Egan 78.5% ApprovedA
KarnezisThemis Karnezis 72.0% ApprovedA
HymanMichael Hyman 75.0% ApprovedA


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 Marie 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