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.



  • 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


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


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


  • 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.