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Vacancy of Thomas E. Flanagan

For Cook County Circuit Judge - (Countywide)

Democratic Candidate:

- Amanda Moira Pillsbury
     - Present Duties: Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office
     - Website: http://www.pillsbury4judge.com/ & LinkedIn
     - Rated at "Not 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: Committee to Elect Amanda Pillsbury

- Preston Jones, Jr.
     - Present Duties: Cook County Judge - Assigned to Muncipal 1 - Traffic
     - Website: http://www.prestonjonesforjudge.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: Friends of Preston Jones

- Keely Patricia Hillison
     - Rated as "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League

     - Response to the ICJL Questionnaire
     - Submitted Resume
     - Present Duties: Partner with Parrillo Weiss LLC
     - Website: http://keelyhillisonforjudge.net/ & Facebook & LinkedIn
     - 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: Citizens for Keely Hillison

- Ioana Salajanu
     - Present Duties: Partner with Rock, Fusco & Connelly, LLC
     - Website: https://www.ioanaforjudge.com/
     - Rated at "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers
     - Rated at "Recommended" by the Cook County Bar Association
     - Campaign Committee: Ioana Salajanu for Judge

Republican Candidate:

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

ENDORSEMENTS:
- Cook County Democratic Party - Preston Jones, Jr.

COVERAGE:
- FWIW: Four file for countywide Flanagan vacancy
- FWIW: Illinois Supreme Court appoints Preston Jones, Jr. to circuit bench

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Amanda Moira Pillsbury was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2004. Since 2005, she has worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, where she currently serves in the Felony Trial Division at the Leighton Criminal Court building. Her previous assignments there included the Felony Trial Division Skokie Courthouse; the Branch 66 Homicide and Sex Crimes Unit; the Grand Jury Unit; the Preliminary Hearings Unit; and the Felony Review Unit. Ms. Pillsbury is considered to have good legal ability. Most respondents praised her temperament but a few noted that she can, on occasion, be abrasive with opposing counsel. She has substantial litigation experience although some respondents noted that a substantial amount of her experience has been in less complex matters. Most respondents praised her trial skills, although there were a few respondents who questioned her diligence. Most respondents praised her as a prosecutor."

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Hon. Preston Jones, Jr. was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1994. He was appointed a Circuit Judge by the Illinois Supreme Court in September 2017. Prior to taking the bench, he was an Assistant Public Defender at Cook County Public Defender’s Office, where from 2004 to 2017 he was a member of the Homicide Task Force. Before that, he served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Trial Division (1998-2004) and in Juvenile Justice/Child Protection. Judge Jones is considered to have good legal ability and is praised for his knowledge of the criminal law and for his trial skills. He is reported to have a professional demeanor and was a zealous advocate."

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Keely Patricia Hillison was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1985. She is a Partner in the law firm of Parrillo Weiss LLP, where she handles civil litigation and appeals, working primarily on personal injury and insurance matters. She previously worked as an Associate for two law firms: Sidney L. Berger (1987-1989), where she handled civil litigation, appeals, and bankruptcy matters, and William L. Needler and Associates (1985-1986), where she handled bankruptcy matters. Ms. Hillison is considered to have good legal ability. She is praised for her knowledge of the law in her field, and for her temperament. She has substantial litigation experience and is praised for her litigation skills. The Council notes that Ms. Hillison was involved earlier in her career in litigation matters where her firm was accused of filing frivolous claims."

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Ioana Salajanu was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2000. Since 2015, she has been a partner at Rock, Fusco & Connelly LLP, where she handles matters that include commercial litigation and international mergers and acquisitions. She has also worked as a partner at Bryce, Downey & Lenkov (2012-2015); as a solo practitioner (2005-2015); and as an associate at Childress & Zdeb (2003-2005), Conklin, Murphy, Conklin & Snyder (2002-2003) and Central State Funds (2000-2002). 8 Ms. Salajanu is considered to have good legal ability. She has conducted few actual trials but has been involved in a substantial motion practice in complex matters. She is reported to have a good temperament."

 

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