Illinois Bar Journal

March 2016Volume 104Number 3Page 14

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ISBA Elections

Bios of candidates for third vice-president and the board of governors

It's ISBA Election Season!

artwork for articleSpring is almost here, and that means it's election season at the ISBA. There are contested races for third vice-president and the Cook County and Under 37 Outside Cook board of governors seats. This special election section of the Journal has background about the candidates to help you make an informed decision.

Ballots will be distributed soon. Paper ballots will be mailed and e-ballots will be emailed on March 28. Voting concludes April 29 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. All members with dues paid up by March 1 of this year are eligible to vote for races in their area.

Third VP. Candidates for third vice-president are chosen from Cook County and downstate (outside Cook) in alternating years. This is a Cook County year, and the contestants are Stephen M. Komie of Chicago and David B. Sosin of Orland Park. Learn more about them by reading their bios on page 15. This year's third VP winner will serve as the ISBA's president in 2019-20.

Board and assembly. Nine members of the ISBA Board of Governors will be chosen this year. Three incumbents, Elizabeth M. Rochford of Waukegan in Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19, and 22), Keith E. Fruehling of Champaign-Urbana in Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6, and 11), and Carey C. Gill of Carbondale in Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2, and 4) are running unopposed.

In the contested Cook County board race, Chicagoans Nora Doherty, Bridget Duignan, Albert E. "Al" Durkin, Ava George Stewart, Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Damian Ortiz, and E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., are running for five open seats. For the Outside Cook Under 37 seat, Chantelle Porter of Lombard and Angelica "Angel" Wawrzynek of Mattoon face each other. Find out more about board candidates on pages 16-18.

All assembly seats this year are uncontested. The candidate list appears on page 19. All successful candidates - for third VP, board, and assembly - take office in June.

Don't stand on the sideline. Casting your vote is easy and only takes a few minutes. Be on the lookout for your ballot, and do your part to shape the ISBA's future.

Third Vice-President
CONTESTED

Stephen M. KomieStephen M. Komie, Chicago. Solo Practitioner, Komie and Associates, 40 years of trial/appellate practice: J.D., DePaul College of Law (1976). Admitted: Illinois Supreme Court (1976); U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits; U.S. District Court for Central, Northern, and Southern Illinois. ISBA member since 1973; secretary (1996-1997); Board of Governors (1992-1998, 1999-2005, 2011-present); Assembly (1985-1991, 1992-1998, 1999-present); four-time participant, Allerton House Conference. ISBA task forces: Attorneys for Children (chair, 1997-1999); Judicial Compensation; GATS. ISBA committees: Credentials; Professionalism (1991-92); Mandatory CLE, Assembly Rules and By-Laws, and ARDC. ISBA sections: Criminal Justice (1989-2016), Traffic Laws and Courts, and Family Law. Director, Illinois Bar Foundation; Fellow & Pillar of the Profession. Other associations: American Association for Justice; Appellate Lawyers; Celtic Legal Society; Chicago Bar; DuPage County Bar; Illinois Trial Lawyers; Justinians; North Suburban; Northwest Suburban; and Women's Bar associations. Issue Statement: Leader in advocating individual rights of lawyers through "Attorney's Bill of Rights" (1989) providing expungement of ARDC complaints made against attorneys. Throughout my 40 years at the bar I have worked to advance the interests of all members of our profession, especially solos and small firm lawyers. I will oppose any service taxes on legal transactions or services. I will lead the Association to combat the unauthorized practice of law including amending the rules to prevent advertisements by out-of-state lawyers who are not members of the Illinois bar. I will attack "Legal Shield" and other document generators who practice law without a license. I will develop CLE to help members adapt to new e-filing requirements adopted by the Supreme Court. I will push for member benefits to maintain our current membership and aid in the recruitment of seasoned and young lawyers to join our ranks. Committed to keeping ISBA the preeminent bar association of Illinois.

David B. SosinDavid B. Sosin, Orland Park. Current ISBA treasurer. Founding partner of Sosin & Arnold, Ltd. Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in 1972. Active member of ISBA, six-term member of the ISBA Assembly, current member of the Board of Governors, honored as a 2011 Laureate of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers, recipient of ISBA Board of Governors Award, and David Hilliard Award for Committee Service from the CBA. Facilitator for Illinois Supreme Court Town Hall meetings on Professionalism. Past chair, ISBA committees for Bar Services, Minority and Women's Participation and Insurance Program, and bar leadership programs for Affiliated Bar Associations. Facilitator for Young Lawyers Division's Long Range Planning conference. Past president, Illinois Bar Foundation; instrumental in expanding both fundraising and funding of Foundation programs. One of the original Gala organizers serving in various capacities, including Gala chair. Charter member of the Lincoln Legacy Society that recognizes planned giving to the Bar Foundation. Since 2000, he has served as a director of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, chaired its Finance, Personnel, and Governance committees, and the study committee for relocation of the ISBA Mutual offices. Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers; DuPage County Bar Association; West Suburban Bar Association; DuPage Association of Women Lawyers; Decalogue Society. Past president of the Southwest Bar Association. Issue Statement: First and foremost, David believes that the practice of law is an honorable profession, and the ISBA's mission is to foster that belief with both its members and the public by promoting interest and service to the Bar by prospective lawyers in the early development of their legal careers. Utilizing Bar resources effectively to the greatest extent possible to develop law students into active YLD Members, and YLD members into future bar leaders.

Board of Governors – Cook County
CONTESTED - (5 to be elected)

Nora DohertyNora Doherty, Chicago. Attorney focused on real estate law at Steven B. Pearlman & Associates where she has developed a state-wide practice including administrative law and litigation. B.A., Loyola University Chicago (2001); J.D., Loyola University School of Law (2005). She currently represents Cook County on the Assembly of the ISBA.  She is the vice chair of the ISBA's State and Local Taxation Section Council (SALT) and is a member of the Standing Committee on Legal Technology where she is focused on improving the legislative review process for all sections and committees of the ISBA. As a member of SALT, Nora has been very active in combating the unlicensed practice of law state-wide. Nora has also contributed extensively to the leadership of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) where she has served on and chaired several committees and appeared in the Bar Show. She writes a chapter on Specific Objection Lawsuits for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), has lectured numerous times for bar and other voluntary associations, and she teaches for the Illinois Property Assessment Institute. Nora is the founding president of the Women's Property Tax Association. Issue Statement: I will fight to establish a litigation fund so that the ISBA can bring civil suits now that it has standing to combat the unlicensed practice of law. I will focus on attracting, engaging, valuing, and retaining younger lawyers. I will seek to make the ISBA more relevant and more affordable to government lawyers whose contributions to the bar so often exceed the benefits that they receive. I will pursue a technological solution to the dated method by which our sections review legislation. I have never mistaken activity for accomplishment and I will be an efficient leader with respect for the time of others.

Bridget DuignanBridget Duignan, Chicago.  Partner at Latherow and Duignan where she focuses her practice on plaintiff's medical malpractice, construction negligence and personal injury. She served as assistant counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Michael J. Madigan and formerly worked in insurance defense. B.A., Illinois State University; J.D., The John Marshall Law School. She is finishing her term on the ISBA Board of Governors (Under 37); she serves on the Standing Committee on Budget and Audit and is board liaison to Tort Law Section Council, Employee Benefits Section Council and the Standing Committee on Women and the Law. Bridget is also active in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois where she currently co-chairs the Legislative Committee. She previously co-chaired the Tort Litigation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and served as its legislative liaison in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. She was appointed to the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association where she also co-chairs the Membership Committee and serves on the Legislative and Medical Malpractice committees. She is a member of the American Association for Justice. She was a monthly columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; Women, Law and Politics and has authored legal publications for the Trial Journal (ITLA), Tort Trends (ISBA) and the Tort Reporter (CBA). Bridget has lectured at seminars given by the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Lorman Education Services. She was rated by Super Lawyers as a 'Rising Star' from 2013 through 2015, and rated as a 'Super Lawyer' in 2016.  Bridget was born and raised in Chicago's south side, and is married to fellow ISBA member Jose Rivero with three children, Jose (6), Finian (4) and Ela (1). Issue Statement: Young members with different experiences and new ideas make for a stronger, more robust organization.

Albert E. DurkinAlbert E. "Al" Durkin, Chicago. Incumbent. Mr. Durkin is the managing partner and founding member of Miroballi Durkin & Rudin, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. He has over 35 years of experience as an active personal injury litigator. He has been selected by his peers continuously since 2001 as a Leading Lawyer in the field of general personal injury and professional malpractice and in addition currently sits as a member of the Leading Lawyer's Network Advisory Board. Mr. Durkin holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Company. Al has been an active member of the ISBA community having held several important positions within the Association. He is completing his first term as a member of the Board of Governors (elected in 2013) after serving three terms in the Assembly. He currently sits on the Board's Standing Committee on Scope and Correlation. In addition to his elected offices, Al has served the ISBA in several different capacities including chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations Cook County and Tort Law Section Council where he has been a member since 2001. Al believes strongly in the importance of section councils and committees of the ISBA and has served as liaison to the DLC, CLC, SLGC and CPC. In addition to his extensive involvement with the ISBA, Mr. Durkin has maintained his membership in the Chicago Bar, Women's Bar and Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations. He is a 1977 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law. Issue Statement: As a Governor, Al has advocated the importance of section councils and committees and the need for transparency in the government of the Association. In addition to the above, he was a vocal opponent to contraction of the assembly and board promoting instead the need for greater participation of association members in ISBA sections and Assembly.

Ava George StewartAva George Stewart, Chicago. Criminal defense attorney. Education: B.A. and M.S.C., Northwestern University; J.D., University of Illinois. Admitted: Illinois (2003) U.S. Northern District of Illinois (2003). ISBA activities: ISBA Assembly (2007-12, 2014-present), chair of the Criminal Justice Section Council (2015-present), Illinois Bar Journal's Editorial Board (2010-present), Standing Committee on Marketing and Communications (2014-present); former chair, ISBA Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council (2011-2012). Board member, IBF (2015-present) IBF Silver Fellow. Other activities: co-chair of the WBAI's Criminal Litigation Committee (2010-present) DUI Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2013-present), Illinois Delegate for the National College of DUI Defense (2010-2015), board member, Chicago Lincoln-American Inn of Court (2014-present) board, Women Everywhere (2011-present) BWLA; Cook County Bar Association; WBAI; Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association; The Lawyers Club of Chicago (current) former board member, Minority Legal Education Resources (2005). As a frequent presenter and panelist at legal conferences and seminars throughout the state and nationally and author of CLE materials and articles for legal publications, I have covered issues as diverse as current issues in criminal law, cross-examination of police, sentencing, mitigation, legalization of cannabis, medical cannabis, felony traffic and DUI issues, Illinois criminal and DUI case law updates, Secretary of State-related issues, drug case issues, and specialty courts including drug courts and Veteran's courts, criminal law primer, and unconscious bias. Prior to becoming an attorney, I was executive director at several not-for-profit organizations, with a focus on homeless and disenfranchised women and children in diverse communities throughout Chicagoland. Issue Statement: ISBA's membership will greatly benefit from a more structured onboarding and engagement model. If elected, I will develop and implement innovative engagement programs to increase recruitment, membership participation and satisfaction, and improve sponsorship.

Pamela Sakowicz MenakerPamela Sakowicz Menaker, Chicago. Communications Partner, Clifford Law Offices. B.S.J., M.S.J., Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism; J.D., Loyola University School of Law (1984). She served two terms on the ISBA Assembly, is on the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board and member of the Standing Committee on Marketing and Communications. She serves on the Chicago Bar Association Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Record, the Judicial Evaluation Committee and the Public Affairs Committee. She has served on the American Bar Association's Litigation News and Litigation Journal Editorial Boards. She served on the Host Committee for the ABA's Annual Meeting in Chicago in 2015 and was appointed by the president of the ABA to serve on the ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking (2012-2014) and now serves on the Section of Litigation Membership and Marketing Committee. She sits on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Catholic Lawyers Guild and the Advocates Society. She is a member of the Justinian Society, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the North Suburban Bar Association. Pam is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism where she teaches "Law, Policy and Ethics" to graduate marketing students. She has been at Clifford Law Offices for 25 years. Issue Statement: Capturing younger lawyers as members so they understand the importance of networking and what the state bar can do for them. My son, a first year law student at DePaul, is a member of the ISBA. With my extensive marketing and PR background, I can help the ISBA get the word out on all that it offers. Free CLE, an innovative mentoring program that earns CLE, Illinois Bar Journal, newsletters, case updates – how does a lawyer live without the ISBA? All this for a reasonable membership fee is the message to Illinois lawyers.

Damian OrtizDamian Ortiz, Chicago. Director of the Pro Bono Program at The John Marshall Law School. Teaches Illinois Civil Procedure, Pro Bono Clinic, fair housing/lending, civil rights and legal writing. B.S., Loyola University Chicago; J.D. and L.L.M., The John Marshall Law School. He has dedicated his legal career to teaching, public service and representing victims of civil rights violations. He supervises attorneys and law students at the Pro Bono Clinic and litigates civil rights, prisoners' rights, foreclosure cases in state, and federal courts. One of his most noteworthy cases is Lackey v. Godinez, 815 N.E.2d 822 (Ill.  App. 1st Dist. 2004), which provided low income families with housing rights. Activities: ISBA Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations (2003-present). He is active in the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Hispanic National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Committee. Active in CARPLS, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, and the Latino Policy Forum. He serves on the boards of Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI); Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation; formerly, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois; and St. Augustine College. He writes informational brochures for consumers on foreclosure defense rights. He has been nominated for ISBA Young Lawyer Section and the ISBA Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award. He has received numerous awards for community service. Issue Statement: Continue free/discounted access to valuable CLE and other resources, the independence and fairness of our judicial system, increased ISBA member services using technology, dialogue on current issues and make recommendations, improving the public perception of attorneys. Provide up-to-date changes in the law to long standing members. Encourage students and new admittees to join ISBA to increase the economic and organizational strength of the ISBA. Motivate current members to serve and contribute to the ISBA in order to have a dynamic and diverse organization.

E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Chicago. B.S., M.S., University of Arkansas; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana; J.D., Northwestern University. Admitted April 22, 1977. Private and sole practitioner from 1977 to 1994. ISBA Assembly member, past member of ISBA's Bench and Bar Section Council and Trusts and Estates Section Council. Past president of Center for Conflict Resolution; past member, Supreme Court IPI – Civil Jury Instruction; and member of the Supreme Court Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. Past president of CBA. Hosted a weekly program for approximately 26 weeks at WYCC-TV. Was nominated for an Emmy Award by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for an interview entitled "A Conversation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu." I interviewed, on WYCC-TV, the Honorable Doris Kearns Goodwin author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream about her life as an aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Frequent contributor of articles published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and have published numerous articles in ISBA's Bench and Bar newsletter, just to name a few: The Other Shoe Drops; Practical Jury Trial Tips to Improve Your Litigation Practice; The Circuit Court of Cook County and its Chief Judge; Letters to Young Lawyers – Basic Tips and Presentation of Evidence; A Reference course on Continuances – Stumbling Blocks and Issues for Practitioners and Judges to consider; A Fresh Perspective on the Judicial System; and Perceptions of Justice and Fairness for Pro-Se Litigants. Issue Statement: My goal on the Board of Governors is to advocate improved protection for lawyers in solo and small firms and their use of technology. Encourage greater liaison and leadership with the proliferation of bar associations and work to ensure the importance of lawyers and the independence of the Judiciary.

Board of Governors – Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19, 22)
UNCONTESTED

Elizabeth M. RochfordElizabeth M. Rochford, Waukegan. Incumbent. Associate Judge of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County (appointed December 27, 2012). Legal experience prior to appointment: Assistant State's Attorney (1986-1989); solo practitioner, trusts and estates, and real estate (1989-2012); commissioner of the Court of Claims (1990-2012); Administrative Law Hearing Officer for municipalities including Lincolnwood, Skokie, Morton Gove and Glenview (2005-2012). B.A., English, Loyola University of Chicago; J.D., Loyola University School of Law, Chicago. Admitted Illinois (1986). ISBA activities: Board of Governors (2013-2016); member of numerous ISBA committees and section councils, including currently Standing Committee on Women and the Law, Bench and Bar Section Council, and Insurance Law Section Council; Task Force on Lawyers Feeding Illinois (LFI), and chair of the LFI kick-off at the 2012 Midyear Meeting. Lake County Bar Association: president (2010-2011); current chair, Community Outreach Committee; chair, Trusts and Estates Committee (2005-2008); chair, Real Estate Committee (2005-2007). President, Illinois Bar Foundation (2015-2016); Board of Directors, Illinois Judges Association (2015-2016). Volunteer activities: IJF Literacy Initiative; LCBA Guardianship Help Desk; Volunteer Mediator; Loan Modification Assistance Program; Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Estate Planners; The People's Law School; Lawyers in the Classroom; 100 Club Board of Directors; Leader Council, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls; Spirit of 67 Board of Directors. Non-Legal Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor of English, City Colleges of Chicago. Honors/Awards: 19th Judicial Circuit Liberty Bell Award, on behalf of the LCBA Guardianship Help Desk (2012); Outstanding Diversity Leader Award, Diversity Scholarship Foundation (2011); Lake County Bar Association Leadership Service Award (2011); Extra Mile Award, NHS (2010). Married to Michael Striedl, 2 daughters. Issue Statement: It has been my privilege to serve on the ISBA Board of Governors for the past three years. I remain committed to increasing a diverse membership, maximizing membership benefits, while promoting an efficient and cost effective organization.

Board of Governors – Under 37 Outside Cook County
CONTESTED - (1 to be elected)

Chantelle A. PorterChantelle A. Porter, Lombard. Senior Associate at A. Traub & Associates practicing family law, juvenile, DCFS, estate planning, estate administration, guardianship, and civil and criminal litigation. Chantelle is a court approved Guardian ad litem in the 18th Judicial Circuit and was appointed as a Juvenile Conflict attorney in the 18th Judicial Circuit. She began the practice of law in 2006 as an assistant public guardian in Cook County. She has also been an assistant public defender in DuPage County where she was supervisor of the Juvenile Division. She received her B.A. degree from The Ohio State University. She received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. While at DePaul, Chantelle received her Family Law Certificate and was the recipient of the Public Interest Law Association Grant, and the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Grant. Chantelle's bar association leadership includes: Board of Directors of the DuPage County Bar Association (2009-2015) and past president of the DuPage County Association of Women Lawyers (2013-2014). Chantelle's service to the Illinois State Bar Association includes the following: Board of Governors (2014– present), Assembly (2013 – present), Illinois Bar Foundation (2015-present), Standing Committee on Scope and Correlation (2015 – present), Child Law Section Council, Standing Committee on Women and the Law, International and Immigration Law Section Council, Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations – Outside Cook County. Chantelle also serves on the City of Wheaton Library Board of Trustees. Issue Statement: I am prepared to lead. I will ensure that we are accessible and relevant to all Illinois attorneys. I am committed to retaining our strong membership, recruiting new members, and ensuring the delivery of quality member benefits. I am passionate about mentoring as well as assisting and training new lawyers as they enter into their legal profession with the skills necessary to have a successful career.

Angelica WawrzynekAngelica "Angel" Wawrzynek, Mattoon. Incumbent.  Angel is an associate at Tapella & Eberspacher LLC. Angel attended high school in Oak Park, Illinois; earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. She has family in Rockford, Illinois; has settled in Mattoon, Illinois; and practices virtually everywhere south of I-80. She focuses primarily on civil litigation and especially personal injury cases. In 2012, Angel received the ECIWAA Award for Service to the Community and the following year she was honored with the ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Since 2014, Angel has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association as well as an Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers organization. Currently, Angel is the treasurer/secretary of the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association and is the chair of the 5th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. Angel is a past member of the ISBA Young Lawyers Division Council (2010-2015), and was appointed to the ISBA Lawyers Feeding Illinois Task Force and the ISBA Board Committee on Governance. She is currently serving on the ISBA Task Force on the Future of Legal Services, the ISBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Planning Committee, and the ISBA Standing Committee on Board Budget and Audit. Angel serves as a volunteer at the VA Clinic in Mattoon, Illinois and as vice regent of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Issue Statement: Angel encourages ISBA members outside of Chicago to become active in this great organization, to help ensure that our voices are heard. She believes that being an active participant genuinely helps move important conversations forward.

Board of Governors – Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6, 11)
UNCONTESTED

Keith E. FruehlingKeith E. Fruehling, Champaign-Urbana. Incumbent. Partner, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen. B.S. Finance, University of Illinois, Urbana (1990); J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago (1993). Admitted Illinois (1993), United States District Court-IL (all Districts), U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 7th Circuit. ISBA activities: Area 5 Board of Governors (2013-present); Under 37 Outside Cook County Board of Governors (2002-2008); Assembly (2010-present); chair, Assembly Finance Committee (2010-2011); Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law (2002-present, chair, 2007-2009, 2012-2013); Board Governance Committee (2013-2015); standing committees on Budget and Audit (2003-2004), Legislation (2009-2012), Scope and Correlation (2004-2005, 2007-2008), and Strategic Marketing (2004-2008); chair, Special Committee on Electronic Research (2003-2004); Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Leadership Conference (2001-2002). His service to the ISBA reached the national stage when he served as an ISBA Delegate to the ABA's House of Delegates from 2000 through 2008. Since 2007, he has served as a reviewer for the ABA's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program designed to benefit minority and financially disadvantaged law students. He served as the president of the Champaign County Bar Association (2001-2002) and on its Board (1998-2002). Keith received the ISBA's Young Lawyer of the Year award in 2002. He was honored by the Chicago Lawyer/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin when they named him as one of Forty Attorneys Under Forty to Watch in 2007. He achieved a peer-reviewed, AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale.

Board of Governors – Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2, 4)
UNCONTESTED

Carey C. GillCarey C. Gill, Carbondale. Incumbent. She is an associate attorney with the firm Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, where she concentrates on estate planning, probate litigation, eminent domain, civil litigation, federal tax and other areas of practice.  She has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for land acquisition for the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources since 2005. Ms. Gill received her Bachelor's Degree in 1998 from Monmouth College, graduating summa cum laude; and her Juris Doctorate in 2001 from Southern Illinois School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. Ms. Gill finished serving her first term on the ISBA Board of Governors and has been the Board liaison to the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Real Estate Law Section Council and Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council. She has previously served on the ISBA Assembly, ISBA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and Standing Committee on ISBA Budget and Audit. Ms. Gill is a past president of the Jackson County Bar Association and is currently the Committee chairperson for the JCBA Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is a past officer of the Southern Illinois American Inns of Court. Ms. Gill is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and living trusts. She has written for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal: "You've Got Mail: Privacy Rights in the Workplace," Vol. 25, Issue 3; and for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education: Advising Elderly Clients & Their Families 2008 Edition, 2012 & 2014 Supplements, Chapter 4, "Planning for Incapacity: Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, and Forms of Ownership." She is married to Doug Gill and is the proud mother of Gabriel and Bethany.

ASSEMBLY – All seats are uncontested. Denotes incumbent*

Cook County – 44 to be elected
F. Michael Alkaraki, Chicago*
Mark E. Becker, Western Springs*
Michael G. Bergmann, Chicago
Daniel M. Breen, Chicago
Catherine R. Brukalo, Chicago*
Joseph Cataldo, Glenview*
John W. Damisch, Chicago
Alice E. Dolan, Chicago*
Jessica Durkin, Chicago*
Sharon L. Eiseman, Chicago*
Karen McNulty Enright, Chicago
Gail Tuler Friedman, Chicago
Celia Gamrath, Chicago
Judson M. Graham, Chicago
Jennifer P. Irmen, Chicago
Cindy M. Johnson, Chicago*
Annemarie Kill, Chicago
Samuel H. Levine, Chicago
Jeffrey Liss, Winnetka*
Thomas Lombardo, Park Ridge
Mary L. Milano, Chicago
Dina Ninfo, Chicago
John Nisivaco, Chicago
Katherine A. O'Dell, Chicago
Vincent Oppedisano, Chicago
Alan Pearlman, Northbrook*
Steven G. Pietrick, Niles
Richard L. Pullano, Chicago
Sarah E. Toney, Chicago*
Edward Wasilewski, Oak Lawn
Alexander P. White, Des Plaines*
Bryan J. Wilson, Chicago*
Erin M. Wilson, Chicago*

Circuit 1 – 2 to be elected
Sarah J. Taylor, Carbondale*

Circuit 2 – 2 to be elected
William C. Hudson, Mt. Carmel*

Circuit 3 – 4 to be elected
Barbara A. Goeben, Alton
Ebony R. Huddleston, Godfrey*

Circuit 4 – 2 to be elected
Edward Ted Graham, Jr., Taylorville*

Circuit 5 – 1 to be elected
Barbara Delanois, Danville

Circuit 6 – 5 to be elected
Anthony A. Bruno, Urbana*
Evan S. Bruno, Urbana
John Jack Kiley, Decatur*
Mark Palmer, Champaign*

Circuit 7 – 6 to be elected
William A. Davis, Springfield
Carl R. Draper, Springfield
Nancy Easum, Springfield*
Robert Osgood, Springfield
Edward Schoenbaum, Springfield*

Circuit 8 – 1 to be elected
Natalie Oswald, Quincy

Circuit 9 – 1 to be elected
No Candidates

Circuit 10 – 5 to be elected
Roger Bolin, Hennepin
Richard W. Zuckerman, Peoria

Circuit 11 – 4 to be elected
Stephen Pacey, Paxton*

Circuit 12 – 4 to be elected
Ted Hammel, Joliet*
Edward J. Jarot, Jr., Joliet
Jean Kenol, Joliet
Amber Mikula, Bolingbrook

Circuit 13 – 2 to be elected
Melissa Olivero, Peru*

Circuit 14 – 3 to be elected
No Candidates

Circuit 15 – 1 to be elected
No Candidates

Circuit 16 – 5 to be elected
Nicholas J. Feda, St. Charles
Michael W. Lenert, St. Charles
Jonathan Mincieli, St. Charles
Lisa M. Nyuli, South Elgin
Ryan P. Theriault, St. Charles*

Circuit 17 – 4 to be elected
Donald P. Shriver, Rockford*
Tamika R. Walker, Rockford*

Circuit 18 – 16 to be elected
Robert B. Anderson, Wheaton
Joseph Beck, Wheaton
Gregory S. Dierdorf, Wheaton
Terra Costa Howard, Glen Ellyn*
Patrick B. Hurley, Wheaton*
James J. Laraia, Wheaton*
Sharon Mulyk, Glen Ellyn*
Christine Ory, Lisle* 
James Reichardt, Villa Park
David N. Schaffer, Naperville*

Circuit 19 – 10 to be elected
Robert Ackley, Libertyville*
Joseph T. Morrison, Waukegan*
Gary Schlesinger, Libertyville*

Circuit 20 – 5 to be elected
L. Dominic "Nick" Kujawa, Jr., Belleville*
James Radcliffe, Belleville*

Circuit 21 – 1 to be elected
J. Imani Drew, Kankakee*

Circuit 22 – 3 to be elected
Michael Cortina, Woodstock
James P. Kelly, Crystal Lake*

Circuit 23 – 1 to be elected 
Mary Petruchius, Sycamore

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