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Vacancy of Eileen Mary Brewer

For Cook County Circuit Judge - (Countywide)

Democratic Candidate:

- Oran F. Whiting
     - Present Duties: Cook County Judge - Assigned to Municipal 1 - Traffic
     - Website: https://www.whitingforjudge.com/ & Facebook & LinkedIn
     - Rated at "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers
     - Rated at "Recommended" by the Cook County Bar Association
     - Response to the Chicago Tribune Questionnaire
     - Campaign Committee: Oran F Whiting for Judge

- Kathryn Maloney Vahey
     - Present Duties: Attorney with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office
     - Website: http://www.vaheyforcookcountyjudge.com/ & Facebook & Twitter & LinkedIn & Vimeo
     - Rated at "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers
     - Rated at "Recommended" by the Cook County Bar Association
     - Response to the Chicago Tribune Questionnaire
     - Campaign Committee: Friends of Kathryn Maloney Vahey

- John Maher
     - Present Duties: Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office
     - Website: http://www.johnmaherforjudge.com/ & Facebook
     - Rated at "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers
     - Rated at "Not Recommended" by the Cook County Bar Association
     - Response to the Chicago Tribune Questionnaire
     - Campaign Committee: Friends of John Maher

Republican Candidate:

- The filing period has ended and no candidate filed for the party's nomination for this position.

ENDORSEMENTS:
- Cook County Democratic Party - Oran Whiting

COVERAGE:
- FWIW: Kathryn Maloney Vahey to make 4th Subcircuit bid

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Oran Fresno Whiting was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1987. Mr. Whiting served as a commissioner at the Illinois Court of Claims from 1997-2006. Additionally, he was a hearing officer with the Illinois Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. He has practiced law at a number of private firms. Mr. Whiting is currently a partner at Gonzales, Saggio and Harlan LLC, where he focuses on general litigation and regulatory/government affairs. Mr. Whiting is considered to be a generally good practitioner with a good temperament. He is praised for his work with the Illinois Court of Claims. His opinions are described as well written and well reasoned."

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Kathryn M. Vahey was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1998. Since that time, she has worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, where she represents indigent clients charged in felony criminal cases. Since 2000, she has been assigned to the Fifth Municipal District Court in Bridgeview. Ms. Vahey is considered to be a skilled trial attorney with good legal ability. She is described as having a good temperament, and is described as fair and reasonable. She is reported to be a zealous advocated for her clients."

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "John G. Maher was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1993. He is a deputy supervisor of the Gang Crimes Unit at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. His other positions at the State’s Attorney’s Office have included deputy supervisor of the Auto Theft Unit (2015-2017), first chair in the Gang Crimes Unit (2002-2015), and Assistant State’s Attorney (1993-1999). He has also worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Day and Robert (2001-2002) and a contract attorney at Sprint PCS (1999-2001). Mr. Maher is considered to have good legal ability and temperament. He has a wealth of litigation experience in more complex matters and is praised for his trial skills. He is reported to be cooperative with defense counsel, and is considered to be a source of knowledge for other attorneys."

 

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