James G. Riley

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James G. Riley
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Court Information:
Illinois Cook Judicial Circuit Court Subcircuits
Title:   Judge
Active:   1996-12/6/2020
Past position:   Attorney, Riley, Riley & Riley
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Lewis University
Law School:   John Marshall Law School
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Illinois
Confirmation:   Vacancy of Thomas Fitzgerald
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  March 20, 2012
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  25.3%DefeatedD
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Cook County 4th Subcircuit
Position:  Retention
State:  Illinois
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  76.9%ApprovedA

James Gerard Riley is a judge on the Cook County 4th Subcircuit in Illinois. He was elected to this position in November of 1996. He currently serves in the Probate Division.[1][2][3] He was most recently retained on November 4, 2014, for a term that expires on December 6, 2020.[4]



See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2014
Riley was retained to the Cook County 4th Subcircuit with 76.9 percent of the vote on November 4, 2014.[4]


The Illinois State Bar Association rated James G. Riley as Recommended for retention in 2014.[5]


Riley ran unsuccessfully for election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2012. He sought the seat vacated by Thomas R. Fitzgerald, but was defeated by Justice Mary Jane Theis after receiving 25.3% of the vote.[6][7]

See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2012


Riley received his B.S. from Lewis University and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1982.[8]


Riley practiced at the family-owned firm of Riley, Riley & Riley in Hickory Hills, Ill. prior to his judicial election in 1996.[2]

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