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Vacancy of Richard J. Billik, Jr.

For Cook County Circuit Judge - 4th Subcircuit

Democratic Candidate:

- John J. Mahoney
     - Present Duties: Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office
     - Website: http://www.johnmahoneyforjudge.com/
     - Campaign Committee: Friends of John Mahoney

     - Chicago Tribune Profile
     - Rated "Highly Qualified" by the Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Evaluation
     - Rated "Highly Qualified" by the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

Republican Candidate:

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

ENDORSEMENTS:
- Chicago Tribune - John J. Mahoney
- Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7 - John J. Mahoney
- Chicago Police Sergeants' Association - John J. Mahoney
- Independent Voters of IL (IVI-IPO) - John J. Mahoney

Chicago Tribune Endorsement:

4th subcircuit (Billik vacancy): John J. Mahoney, supervisor of the public corruption and financial crimes unit of the Cook County state's attorney's office, stands out in a talented field. He was a first chair felony prosecutor and an attorney for Peoples Energy Corp.. He's a co-author of the state's financial crimes law. We admire Brian Stephenson, who has been a prosecutor and a defense attorney, has extensive civil experience and deserves credit for his volunteer work. He runs a nonprofit program for inner city youth called Turn the Corner and conducts summer fishing outings for developmentally disabled people. Judge Daniel Lawrence Peters hears misdemeanor and traffic cases in Bridgeview. Maureen Masterson Pulia is an arbitrator for the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. James J. Ryan didn't submit to screening. Mahoney is endorsed.

Chicago Council of Lawyers & Chicago Bar Association Analysis:

- John J. Mahoney

CCL: John J. Mahoney was admitted to practice in 1984. He serves as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, and currently is the Supervisor of the Public Corruption and Financial Crimes Unit in the Special Prosecutions Bureau. He also supervises the Money Laundering Unit, the Intellectual Crimes Unit, the Mortgage Fraud Unit, and the soon to be formed Insurance Fraud Unit. His former positions include being a lead prosecutor in the Felony Trial Division. Between 1991 and 1997 he was a lawyer with the Peoples Energy Corporation, Office of the General Counsel, practicing before the Illinois Commerce Commission as well as in a variety of divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Mr. Mahoney has had a wide variety of litigation experience in highly complex matters. He has also handled 20 appellate cases as principal counsel. His answers to the judicial evaluation matters were thoughtful. Mr. Mahoney is considered to have very good legal ability with a professional demeanor. He is especially praised for both his litigation skills and his skill at supervising complex litigation. He is the coauthor of the Illinois statute known as the Illinois Financial Crime Law. The Council finds him Well Qualified for the Circuit Court.

CBA: John J. Mahoney is “Highly Qualified” for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Mr. Mahoney was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1984 and is currently serving as Deputy Supervisor of the Public Corruption and Financial Crimes Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Mahoney has extensive criminal trial experience and has handled many complex cases. Mr. Mahoney is well regarded for his knowledge of the law, legal ability, fine demeanor, and temperament.

 

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