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On March 17, 2020 voters in Illinois' Cook County will vote in the primary election. In addition to the well-covered presidential contest and other countywide races, there are 37 judicial vacancies on the ballot this year, including a Supreme Court seat and two Appellate Court seats.

Judges have the power to make decisions about guilt and innocence, to take away someone's freedom, to interpret or overturn state laws, and to correct or perpetuate injustices.

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Over 22 years of Legal Experience
LifeLong Resident of the 2nd Subcircuit
Volunteer at Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Provide Pro Bono Services to low income Communities
Active in Community Organizations, including NAACP and the 5th District Pastoral Subcommittee

Judge James T. Derico, Jr. is on the March 17, 2020 ballot for the Circuit Court of Cook County. In December 2018, Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Derico as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge. Judge Derico was appointed to fill the vacancy of the Hon. Matthew Coghlan who was not retained as a result of the 2018 general election. Judge Derico is currently running to maintain that seat.
Judge Derico has over 34 years of legal experience handling a wide variety of civil litigation matters and corporate transactions. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Derico was the owner and founding partner of Derico & Associates, P.C. for over 25 years. Prior to starting Derico & Associates, P.C., Judge Derico was an Associate Attorney at Gardner, Carton & Douglas (n/k/a Drinker, Biddle), in-house Corporate Attorney for Borg-Warner Corporation and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.
Judge Derico is a native of Gary, Indiana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
His professional associations include the Chicago Bar Association, where he was a Chair on the Corporate Practices Group (YLS), and the Cook County Bar Association. He has also served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee for Civil Jury Instructions.
Judge Derico has been a member of Trinity United Church of Chicago since 1998. He has served on the Project Jeremiah Mentoring Ministry and the Trinity United Church of Christ Legal Clinic. Judge Derico received the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) Distinguished Service Award in 2007, 2009 and 2016 and 2018 for his work providing pro bono legal services through the Trinity Legal Clinic.
I am Justice Michael B. Hyman and I am seeking to continue to be a member on the Illinois Appellate Court which hears appeals from the Circuit Court of Cook County. I have served on the appellate bench for almost seven years and as a judge for over 12 years. As an appellate justice, I have authored hundreds of decisions, mostly involving criminal law issues. What matters most to me is that I fairly and impartially evaluate the facts, the law, the legal arguments, and the record of the proceedings.
I encourage you to look over my bar ratings, in which I have always been found "Highly Qualified" or “Qualified” I’ve also been endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party. 
Judge Kerrie Maloney Laytin was appointed as Circuit Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County by the Illinois Supreme Court on December 17, 2018, effective January 18, 2019. She is currently assigned to the First Municipal District in the Richard J. Daley Center, hearing municipal matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, criminal traffic court misdemeanors such as driving under the influence, petitions to rescind statutory summary suspensions, and municipal ordinance violations. She has presided over more than 100 bench trials, contested motions, and hearings since assuming the bench. Judge Maloney Laytin was found qualified or recommended by all evaluating bar associations.
I am asking for your support to continue to serve the residents of Cook County as a Circuit Court Judge. 
I was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, and I am currently assigned to the Fourth District in Maywood. Prior to my appointment to the bench, I was a solo practitioner concentrating in the area of family law. 

I have over 25 years legal experience, and I have been very active in the community. I believe good judges matter, and I work hard every day to be a good judge.

I am asking for your vote on March 17, 2020 in the Democratic Primary.

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