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With 32 years of outstanding service on the bench, Justice McBride is running for Illinois’ highest court because she is committed to a legal system that is fair, impartial, independent, and upholds the rule of law.

McBride has earned highly qualified, exceptionally well-qualified and highly recommended bar association rating throughout her judicial career. She was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald in her successful bid for the Illinois Appellate Court and by the Chicago Sun-Times in her successful run for the Circuit Court.

Justice McBride served for 10 years as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, and in 1987 was appointed a Cook County associate judge assigned to hear criminal cases. She presided over hundreds of trials, both juries and bench.

With outstanding bar ratings and newspaper endorsements Justice McBride won election to the Appellate Court, the state’s second highest court, in 1998. She has authored over 2,000 decisions in criminal and civil appeals and serves on numerous committees devoted to improving the administration of justice in our State.

Justice McBride has won several awards for her service, including her groundbreaking work as the first Chair of the Cook County Circuit Court’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. While in the State’s Attorneys Office she created the first child sexual assault victim/witness advocacy room, which now bears her name.

SERVICE

Committees

  • Member, Appellate Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission
  • Member, Illinois Supreme Court’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee
  • Member, Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee

Teaching

Throughout her career, Justice McBride has volunteered her time teaching and lecturing students, lawyers and judges at legal and educational seminars, programs and conferences for:

  • State-wide judicial education
  • Bar associations
  • Chicago-area law schools

Memberships

  • Alliance of Judges
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Community

  • DePaul University College of Law, Dean’s Advisory Council (2017-present)
  • Chair, DePaul Law Alumni Judges’ Committee (2019 to present)
  • Past member, Board of Trustees, St.Viator High School, Arlington Hts., IL

Illinois Courts Commission

An elected Illinois Appellate Court member since 2008

The Illinois Courts Commission is a constitutionally created judicial disciplinary agency charged with hearing complaints of misconduct against judges filed by the Judicial Inquiry Board and making final determinations regarding the charges.

AWARDS

Awards

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Mary H. Hooton Award –

for long, diverse and exceptional service on the bench and efforts on behalf of women

Celtic Legal Society of Chicago, Celt of the Year Award –

for outstanding public service as an Appellate Court Justice, Circuit Court Judge and Assistant State’s Attorney

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Justice Award –

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Outstanding Women in the Judiciary Award

Appellate Lawyers Association, Justice Award –

for meaningful contributions to the Judiciary and the State of Illinois

MY STORY

My Story

Here’s a bit more about me and why I want to serve you on Illinois’ highest court.

Born in Evanston and raised in Mt. Prospect, I am part of a large, close-knit family.

My father served as a naval aviator in World War II. Upon his return from the service, he became an attorney, after attending law school at night. My mother stayed at home, raising seven children until my father passed away in 1972. His death at an early age had a profound effect upon each of us, and we all suffered a tremendous loss.

My mother, although small in size, was large in courage and resolve. She helped us through a very difficult time and returned to work to help meet the daily demands of life. At the time, all of us were in school and/or working.

It was shortly after my father’s death that I decided to become a lawyer and eventually a judge. Of my four older siblings, two also are attorneys. And my son just earned his law degree from DePaul University, my alma mater. So, I guess law is somewhere in the blood.

During law school and upon graduation, I worked in a civil practice firm. Before long, though, I realized that public service was my real calling. I joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney, where I supervised the preliminary hearing courtroom for all homicide and sexual- assault charges. Throughout my years in that office, I also tried more than 100 jury and bench trials.

In the span of one year, beginning in July 1986, I married my husband, Jack McBride, became an expectant mother, and was appointed an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. About four years after our son was born, I gave birth to our daughter.

For more than 32 years, I have been a Cook County judge, presiding judge and an Illinois appellate court justice. In each of those positions, I’ve held myself to two crucial standards: knowing and being faithful to the law, and making sure that every party is treated fairly and without bias. As a justice of our state’s highest court, I will uphold those same standards.

Outside of work, I enjoy being with my family and my friends. In fact, I met most of my closest friends back in elementary school.

In addition, I love to golf and travel. However, most of our family”s “traveling” consisted of out-of-town trips to cold ice rinks! Our children grew up playing hockey, competing all over the country, and we loved every minute of it.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer

Help us elect Justice McBride to the Illinois Supreme Court. For information, please contact Jack Doyle, campaign coordinator,
at justicemcbride2020@gmail.com

Thanks so much!