Welcome to Illinois Judicial Council

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Illinois Judicial Council is to enhance the image of the judiciary by serving as a collective voice in strong support of its members and encouraging judicial participation in the Cook County Bar Association, National Bar Association and the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association; to serve the community by dispensing scholarships, encouraging the youth of the community in their positive goals, serving as “role models” and as constructive resources for the youth, educating and enlightening the community about the legal process and striving to providing equal access to the courts and to justice.

Our History


On January 13, 1982, a small group of African-American judges met in Chicago, at the Community Insurance Company, to discuss problems common to black judges.

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Chairs Corner


Judge Ross ChambersI am honored and privileged to serve as Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council for the 2015-2016 bar year.  As I pick up the gavel and embark upon my year as Chair of the IJC, I’ve chosen the theme, “Our Courts- Our Families- Our Future.  I chose that theme, one because I sit in the Domestic Relations Division and practiced in the area as an attorney.
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33RD Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony

Our Courts ~ Our Families ~ Our Future
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