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Cook County Circuit CourtCandidate for JudgeHowlett, Jr. vacancy

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Aleksandra "Alex" Gillespie

Democratic
Cook County Circuit Court Judge
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Experience

Experience

Profession:Cook County Circuit Court Judge
Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County (2015–current)
Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County State's Attorney (1994–2014)

Education

Loyola University School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (1993)
Northwestern University Bachelor of Arts, History (1990)

Biography

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE

Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County: 2014 – Present

Assigned to Second Municipal District, Skokie, IL

 

Since September, 2015 has been presiding over a wide array of criminal court calls including;  misdemeanors, felony preliminary hearings, domestic violence, bond hearings, traffic offenses  and youth calls.

From 2014 to 2015 was assigned to First Municipal District

Presided over various civil and criminal matters involving traffic offenses, misdemeanor or felony crimes, and collection matters including pre-trial motions and the disposition of the lawsuit or charges through plea negotiation or by way of bench or jury trial.

 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

 

Cook County State’s Attorney: February 1994 – 2014

 

Assistant State’s Attorney

 

First Chair, Felony Trial Division, 2006 – 2014.   Responsible for the daily management  of more than 400 felony cases including preparation and presentation of pre-trial motions, plea negotiations and acting as the lead attorney representing the State in over 50 juries and over 600 bench trials.  Supervised and mentored junior members of the prosecution team.  Evaluated cases for felony approval.

 

Special Prosecutions Bureau Auto Theft Unit, 2000 – 2006.  Prosecuted complex international auto theft cases.  Worked closely with major insurance companies to investigate and prosecute fraud cases.

 

Criminal Bureau, 1994 – 2000. Authored and argued appellate briefs, indicted hundreds of cases before Grand Jury and gained significant experience in traffic, domestic violence and narcotics cases.

Judicial Ratings

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago AreaRecommended
Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater ChicagoRecommended
Chicago Council of LawyersQualified
Cook County Bar AssociationRecommended
Decalogue Society of LawyersRecommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationRecommended
Hispanic Lawyers Association of IllinoisQualified
Illinois State Bar AssociationQualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoRecommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Plumbers Local 130 UA
  • The Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 7
  • Cook County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (6)

  • Alderman Ed Burke
  • Congressman Michael Quigley
  • Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez
  • Illinois State Senator Heather Steans
  • Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton
  • Congressman Danny K. Davis

Individuals (1)

  • National Organization of Women, Chicago Chapter

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