I believe the honor of serving as a judge in DuPage County comes with the responsibility to be a positive force in our community.

To fulfill this commitment, I have made it a personal mission to meet with non-profit organizations throughout the county who support thousands of individuals with a wide array of services to explain how the law can impact their daily lives.

It is with this mission in mind that I write this most recent update from the campaign trail.

On Tuesday, November 12, I joined the DuPage County Chapter of NAACP to discuss Bail Reform and issues surrounding fundamental fairness in the judiciary.

The following day, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Naperville League of Women Voters with State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and Judge Bonnie Wheaton regarding judicial evaluation criteria and polling by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Of the many meet and greets hosted in November, a judicial candidate forum held at a senior center in Naperville stands out as it enabled me to discuss the often-overlooked services provided by the judiciary to citizens of DuPage County.

Campaign weekends are always bustling with activity, and Saturday, November 16 was no exception. First, up was a forum at Naperville City Hall, hosted by the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, where I offered my perspective on equality under the law for all, a guiding principle of the DuPage County judiciary.

That evening, I had a great time at the Mayor’s Community Charity Ball, hosted by Addison’s Mayor and Village Board of Trustees in support of 17 Addison charities and service organizations. Thanks to fellow Holy Cross High Crusader, Mayor Veenstra, for the warm hospitality!

The week kicked-off on a high note, when on Monday, November 18, State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and I were able to discuss public safety and the DuPage County judiciary at the Naperville Area Leaders Network Community Networking Event at Granite City Food & Brewery.

Then, on Tuesday, I presented a seminar on rights and the laws pertaining to the process of eviction to the St. Vincent DePaul Volunteers of Naperville, a wonderful charity organization, meeting at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville.

As volunteers of this campaign know well, petitions were circulated at all of these events, which paid off when on Monday, November 25th, I formally filed nominating papers to be a candidate on the 2020 ballot that included 3400 signatures!

thank you for over 3000 signatures

After pausing to catch our breath following this campaign milestone, the team was back on the road the next day, when we stopped by Stilin’s Neighborhood Pub & Grill to visit with Southern DuPage Abate of Illinois Chapter where I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the status of bail reform and public safety issues taken by law enforcement and the judiciary for the benefit of our residents.

My commitment to community outreach continued when I met with Anne O’Dell, the Executive Director of HOME DuPage, and her fantastic staff to discuss eviction court proceedings and how to protect the rights of DuPage citizens.

With the holiday season in full swing, I was fortunate to attend numerous Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings across DuPage, along with the Illinois State Bar Association meeting in Rosemont.

Other highlights included the St. Irene Catholic Church in Warrenville for their Senior holiday luncheon where I was asked many good questions about affordable housing and safety in DuPage County; and the Laborer’s Union Local 68 annual holiday party hosted by Joe Riley at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst. Thanks, Joe, for the invite!

Finally, last week, I met with Villa Parks’ President and Board to discuss community safety issues and how the judiciary works in conjunction with the Villa Park Police Department.

Hopefully, all my readers enjoyed their Thanksgiving and I would like to close the message with a personal appeal…

If you think it’s important to have a public servant judge on the bench who will safeguard the rights of all without prejudice, ensuring each individual is treated fairly under the law, please, take a moment to share this update with family, friends, and neighbors who care as much about our communities as we do.

Or, have them connect with me on facebook, or sign up on my website.

Thanks again, everyone, for your support!

- Jim

thumbs up to local 68