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Family: Wife, Jamie
Occupation: Trial lawyer, partner in the law firm of Polsinelli PC.
Education: Earned Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School and Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Civic involvement: I was elected to the Cook County Republican Central Committee for 17 years. I served as both the Vice Chairman at Large and the Treasurer of the Cook County Republican Party. In college I served as Treasurer of the Illinois College Republican Federation as well as the President of the Northwestern Young Republicans. In 1990 I was appointed to the National Board of Directors of the National Young Republican Federation. I was a founder of the Chicago Lawyers Division of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, one of the nation's most notable legal public policy groups. I was also active with Project LEAP and other efforts over the years to combat vote fraud in Cook County elections. I have performed pro bono work for low income persons in Cook County, including service on the American Bar Association Indochinese Refugee Legal Assistance Program. I have also been a member of the National Republican Lawyers Association for several years, an organization which has been on the forefront of fighting vote fraud. I have been a member of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. I am a parishioner of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Barrington. I am a member and patron of the Barrington Township Republican Organization. I have conttibuted to many local charities and non-profits including Wounded Heroes Foundation (Iraq-Afghan War vets), Cal's All Star Angels of Palatine (pediatric cancer), Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital of Barrington, Heartland Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago Lyric Opera, and several others.
Elected offices held: Aside from Republican Party positions (see Civic Involvment above), I have not held elected office.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
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 because I have always been personally committed to public service, because my trial law career has prepared me for the position, and because the Circuit Court of Cook County needs improvement. With my long experience as a trial lawyer committed to excellence in practice, I believe that I can help improve our court, and I would be committed to reforms and advances in the court system, such as better public information on court business, better technology for public use, more streamlined procedure, and improved selection of associate judges. Today, technological inefficiency and courtroom backlogs concern me, and I will work to achieve reform in these areas. In campaigning for this office, local citizens have shared with me their concerns, which I share, over protection of individual and civil rights, lawsuit abuse, fair treatment of individuals who appear before the court, lenient sentencing of gang members, domestic violence offenders and other violent offenders, and adherence to the Constitution and duly enacted legislation. I believe I am attuned to these concerns and will work actively on the court to address them. In addition, based on both history and popular image, the court has obtained a reputation for "insider" favoritism and political fixes. I want to work towards changing that perception by serving knowledgeably, honestly, and impartially and by faithfully adhering to the law as established.
What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?
I am a 35 year civil trial attorney. For the last 15 years, I have been a partner in Polsinelli, PC, a national law firm. My several court admissions (i.e. U.S. Supreme Court) and professional credentials (i.e. American Bar Association) are listed on the firm's website at www.polsinelli.com/professionals/jcurry. I received my J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and my B.A. from Northwestern University. I was an Illinois Assistant Attorney General, where I represented state agencies and fought fraud in court. I was also a Special Assistant Attorney General. I was a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. during the Reagan administration. After that, I resumed practice in the Chicago area and my field has been business litigation. I have tried, litigated, and appealed a wide variety of cases. I have a peer review rating of AV Preeminent, the highest rating, from LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell. I am a member (peer elected) of the Chicago Leading Lawyers Network. These ratings place me in the top 10% of private attorneys in Illinois. I have been an active member of the American, Illinois, Chicago, and Northwest Suburban Bar Associations and have lectured in Continuing Legal Education programs. I have been involved in civic affairs since school, including service mentioned in 'civic involvement' above. I have been placed in leadership positions many times, as I have been made a partner in my firm and have been elected to serve as either a director or an officer of many civic, political, non-profit, fraternal, and social organizations, including the Auxiliary Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the alumni of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and various Republican organizations. I believe that I could serve with knowledge, skill, integrity, impartiality and empathy as a judge.
Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?
I am honored to have received support in my campaign from a number of distinguished individuals and Republican organizations. I have the support of four retired Republican Cook County Judges from the northwest suburbs: Anthony Iosco (to whose seat I am seeking election), Sam Amirante, James Ryan and Arthur Perivolidis. I have been endorsed by Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar, the Barrington Township Republican Organization, and the Palatine Township Republican Organization. I also have the endorsements of former Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner, Former Assistant Attorney General of the United States Joseph Morris, President of the Republican National Lawyers Association Craig Burkhardt, and former Congressman Phillip M Crane. These respected individuals have endorsed me because they believe I am qualified to serve as judge and would serve with integrity.
I am the third generation of my family to live in the northwest suburbs, starting with my grandfather's farm near what is now Hanover Park, where I spent many years in my childhood.