Cook County Casts Votes for Qualified Judges!

The local is very proud to announce (unofficially) that several of its members have been elected to judical seats in the primary election held on February 2, 2010.  In addition, two former members of this local are also winners in the election.


Mark Levitt – winner of the Democratic primary in the 4th Judicial Subcircuit, Lake County.  Mark has been an assistant Cook County public defender for almost 20 years and was lead counsel in the “Browns Chicken” case.  Mark will face a Republican challenger in the general election.

Terry MacCarthy– a supervisor and former member of the local won Full Circuit Bronstein seat in the primary.  He has no Republican challenger in the general election.

Daniel Gallagher- Dan, an assistant at 26th Street was uncontested in the primary and will face a  Republican challenger in the fall.

Ann Finley Collins– A member of the Homicide Task Force, won in a race with many qualified challengers including two sitting judges.  Ann will not have a challenger in the general election.

Judge Jim Epstein – a former public defender who helped organize the local twenty years ago has won a seat on the 1st District Appellate court (McNulty vacancy).

Judge Geary Kull –  another former public defender, was in a very heated race and it still might be too close to call because he has a slim lead of abut 80 votes based on the vote totals available as of  2/3/10 at / 8:00 a.m.

Best of luck to all the winners and thanks to the members of this local who spread the word to  the voters in Cook County to vote for and elect the best of the bunch.

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  1. susan matyus
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    This is fantastic! Congrats to all!

  2. Spivy
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Go, PD’s!!! (So this must be what it feels like to be a State the day after the votes are cast…)

  3. Spivy
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    So happy for my colleagues! Go, PDs!!! (So this must be what it feels like to be a State the day after the votes are cast…)

  4. Bruce Mosbacher
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Dan, Mark, and Ann, our current Local 3315 members, are also all MVP level members of PEOPLE, our Political Action Committee. (PAC) We will miss their support for PEOPLE when they hit the bench.


  5. newbie
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to all the PDs (and former PDs) who won their primaries! As someone in the just-hired “new class” of PDs, I’m thinking about another aspect of these primaries — what do they mean for the budget over the next 1-2 years and what does that mean for the potential for layoffs? I’ll be leaving a good job to work for Cook County and I couldn’t be happier about that, but I also can’t afford to do it if I’m going to be laid off in six months. I also understand if you’re laid off for more than 6 months in the first 6 months of your employment, you’re done — no rehire. Can anyone say anything about the chance of layoffs and if they happen, how long they’ll be and when? Sorry if this is kind of a buzzkill, but it’s kind of important, too… Thanks.

  6. Bruce Mosbacher, Executive at Large
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink


    I would suggest that you contact the union board about this at and one of us will get back to you.


  7. Bruce Mosbacher
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Judge Kull’s opponent conceded today. He has been elected in the 9th Sub-circuit by 48 votes!


  8. Beth Ford
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to Terry!

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