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Diana Rosario: Candidate Profile

Cook County Circuit Court (Democrat)

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  • Diana Rosario, running for Cook County Circuit Court

      Diana Rosario, running for Cook County Circuit Court


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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Chicago


Office sought:

Cook County Circuit Court

Age: 52

Family: Ms. Rosario was born and raised on the north side of Chicago and is of Puerto Rican descent. She is a graduate of Loyola University-Chicago and received her Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1989. She currently resides in the Edgewater neighborhood with her husband John Edward Burgess.

Occupation: Attorney

Education: B.A. Loyola University Chicago, IL 1984

J.D. DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL 1988

St. Gregory High School Chicago, IL 1979

Civic involvement: * Spanish Coalition for Jobs, conducting speaking engagements on matters related to child support, custody, and visitation.

* Secretary and Executive Board Member, Metropolitan Housing and Development Corporation since 2005.

* Member, Edgewater Historical Society

* Member, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women

* Former Board Member, Chicago Access Public Television

* After School Matters, Pro-Bono Legal Work, (2005-2007)

* National Association of Latino Elected Officials, mentored High School students.

Elected offices held: None

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?

I am running for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County because I am committed to serve the public and I believe that I have the professional and personal experiences necessary to be a judge. I am seeking a judicial position because I want to bring my experiences, legal training and knowledge to the judiciary.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

With over 24 years of practicing law, I have dedicated the majority of my career to public service. I have a broad legal background and an extensive knowledge base in many areas of the law. I represent the public and work well with all types of individuals. I have worked as a Prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorneys Office and represented clients in private practice. I am a well-rounded attorney capable of handling a board range of legal matters. The judiciary should represent the community that it serves. As a bilingual Latina, I will bring diversity and sensitivity to the bench to best serve the citizens of Cook County.

Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?


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