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

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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

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It was my extreme pleasure to serve as the Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council in this, its 35th year and to represent the illustrious members of this body.  The Mission of the IJC is to enhance the image of the judiciary, to support our youth and our community.  I was honored to carry out our Mission.  My theme for the year, “Honoring the Past-Inspiring the Future” was in furtherance of the Mission. Read More…

36th Annual Installation & Scholarship Awards Banquet

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