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Lake CountyCandidate for Circuit Clerk

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Erin Cartwright Weinstein

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve technology to meet the public needs
  • Improve moral and efficiency of the employees of the Circuit Clerk's Office
  • Provide transparency as it pertains to office spending



Principal Attorney, Law Office of Erin E. Cartwright (2009–2016)
Guardian Ad Litem Probate Case, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit — Appointed position (2016–2016)
Volunteer, Northern Illinois Food Bank — Elected position (2011–2016)
Volunteer, Foster, Tails of Hope Rescue — Elected position (2004–2016)
Volunteer/Foster, Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio — Elected position (2011–2016)
Attorney, Chausow Shafer, PC. (2005–2009)
Volunteer, Equestrian Connections — Elected position (2003–2007)
Assistant State's Attorney, Lake County State's Attorney's Office (2000–2004)


St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ins. Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology/Sociology Major, Minor in Business (1995)


I graduated from Hartland High School in Hartland Michigan in 1991. I attended St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana where I majored in Anthropology/Sociology, and obtained a minor in Business.  I graduated in 1995.  I attended Law School at Thomas Cooley Law School (currently Western Michigan University), where I graduated in September 1999.  I passed the bar in Illinois in May 2000.

After law school, I was an Assistant State's Attorney in Lake County, Illinois for the four years.  After leaving the State's Attorney's Office, I worked as an associate in family law firm in Highland Park, IL, Chausow Shafer, P.C.  In 2009, I moved my practice back up to northern Lake County, and continued practicing family law as a solo practitioner.   The Law Office of Erin E. Cartwright is accrediated by the Better Business Bureau.

I have had the opportunity to work with the Clerks in Lake County for more than sixteen years from one side of the counter, and I look forward to working with them on the same side of the counter.  I want to bring leadership, respect, and integrity back to the office.

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  • Daily Herald

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The Circuit Clerk's office does not handle policy, and the work is non-partisan.  However, it is important to maintain an office in a respectful and responsible manner, and ensure that the office provides the services to the public and the judiciary as required.  Currently, the office is spending money on technology that has not been provided.  The technology must be implemented, by law, before January 1, 2018.  There have been pending contracts for the technology since 2010, and the money appropriated to the technology program has been spent, but only 7% of the technology has been upgraded.  This is not responsible.  Additionally, it reduces the efficiency in the office.  The cost of providing services can be substantially reduced by an increase in the use of technology.

Transparency is also very important.  What the office spends annually should be open to the public.  Currently, there has been inappropriate spending on eating out, travel, unnecessary lawsuits with employees, and wasted on technology upgrades that have not been completed.  This is not fiscally responsible, and the public is unaware of the pending contacts, lawsuits, or inappropriate spending within the office.


Finally, a focus needs to be made on worker morale.  There are more managers then clerks, making it difficult for the clerk's to finish their work; the staff is divided, and they do not work together as a team; there is only 20% diversity; and there have been unfair wage increases.  If the morale is low in the office, then the efficiency within the office is reduced.

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