Election 2020 - James Samuel Worley For Cook County Circuit Court Judge

Election 2020 - James Samuel Worley For Cook County Circuit Court Judge

Election 2020 - James Samuel Worley For Cook County Circuit Court JudgeElection 2020 - James Samuel Worley For Cook County Circuit Court JudgeElection 2020 - James Samuel Worley For Cook County Circuit Court Judge

I would like to thank everyone for your continued help and support. 

I am running for Circuit Court Judge of Cook County

I am an independent democrat who wants to serve all of the citizens of Cook County and make a difference

Please vote for me

PUNCH 223!


Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:



You can register to vote online at https://ova.elections.il.gov

You can register online using the above website.  You have until 11:59pm on March 1, 2020 to register online.

Not sure where your polling place is? No problem.  You can use https://ova.elections.il.gov to look up your polling place.


Early voting begins March 2, 2020


The Illinois Primary Election is Tuesday, March 17, 2020


You can donate on line at www.worleyforjudge.com Go to the PayPal link and select an amount.


Signs are here!! Please contact me if you want to place a yard sign or window sign to show your support in your neighborhood. This is a true grassroots effort and and placing of signs are key to spreading the word.

Sign Placers - Please contact me if you are willing to take on some extra signs and place them in your area as they are requested. Also if you are willing to contact your friends and neighbors and ask if they will place a sign.

Poll Workers - I am recruiting people to stand at the polls on March 17 and also at some of the polls during specified times during early voting.

If you are interested in any of the above, please email me at jworleyforjudge@gmail.com

The election is approaching quickly and there is still much more to do. Any and all help is appreciated.


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Note from the Candidate

Judicial Biography:

Attorney James Samuel Worley is a practicing attorney at Gottreich, Grace & Thompson, specializing in Matrimonial and Family Law, DUI and criminal defense, and he is an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police. Prior to joining Gottreich Grace & Thompson Mr. Worley was the owner of the Law Offices of J. Samuel Worley, LLC, where he specialized for approximately ten years in Matrimonial and Family law, DUI defense, Secretary of State hearings, and criminal defense. Prior to becoming a private attorney, Mr. Worley worked as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney from 2004 through 2009 prosecuting child support, traffic/DUI, and criminal cases on the misdemeanor and felony levels. While working as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Mr. Worley tried hundreds of cases, both bench trials while working in the Child Support Enforcement Division and the the Misdemeanor Trial Division. Mr. Worley also worked in the Felony Review and Felony Preliminary Hearing and Grand Jury Division, investigating and charging crimes, conducting preliminary hearings and utilizing the Grand Jury to indict some of the more complex cases.

Mr. Worley earned his law degree from the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2004. While in law school, Mr. Worley was the runner-up out of 290 participants in the school’s oral argument and legal writing competition and he received a scholarship for being on the Moot Court Executive Board. He also represented John Marshall in two National Moot Court competitions, finishing as a semi-finalist in the Criminal Law competition in Buffalo, NY.

Mr. Worley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1991 and his Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 1995 while working as a Research Analyst for the Vanderbilt University Institute for Public Policy Studies. Mr. Worley was the founding Program Director for TeenPEACE, a counseling and educational program in Nashville, TN targeted at preventing dating violence and abuse among adolescents. While serving as the founding Director, he forged partnerships with the Nashville public school system, Davidson County Juvenile Court, and several non-profit organizations to successfully implement the program in the Nashville community. He wrote federal, state and local grants and secured over $300,000 in funding and worked closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and other Directors of philanthropic organizations on issues such as fundraising, community planning, and organizational structure and development. Mr. Worley wrote and developed a multi-faceted curriculum and accompanying video for use in classroom presentations and in small groups.

The majority of my career has been focused on serving my community in the public sector. Since 1995, I have interacted with the judicial system in many types of roles, from when I started as a licensed family therapist for children at risk of being placed in State custody to currently as an attorney and advocate for families. In that time, I have been in the role of advocate, service provider, prosecuting attorney and defense attorney in the civil and criminal courts of Cook County. For the last ten years, I have been working in the private sector, operating my own law practice, specializing primarily in Domestic Relations, family law, child custody, DUI and criminal defense. In my experiences with the legal system, I have seen first hand the effects of issues such as mental illness and lack of access to resources have on the individual litigants. I have had a successful decade as a private practitioner, however, I have been feeling the need to get reengage the pubic sector, where I feel I can utilize my skills and experience to help make a change and address these issues in the justice system. If elected, I pledge to run my court in an efficient and respectful manner and that all litigants will leave my courtroom understanding what transpired and feeling like they were heard. I believe that my experience and skill set have prepared me to reach those goals and to be a fair, reasonable, and unbiased Judge for the people of Cook County, IL. Please consider voting for me for the Vacancy of the Honorable Kevin M. Sheehan on March 17, 2020.

Worley for Circuit Court Judge 2020! Ensuring justice in Cook County with Experience, Empathy and Equality! 

Endorsements AND BAR RATINGS


  • Alderman Nicholas Sposato, 38th Ward
  • Alderman Anthony Napolitano, 41st Ward
  • Alderman James Gardiner, 45th Ward
  • Chicago Fire Fighter's Union, Local 2
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 7
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Forest Park, Lodge 24
  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399
  • Polish American Police Association
  • Citizens in Action for Better Government
  • Independent Voters of Illinois


*Chicago  Bar Association: Qualified

*Chicago Council of Lawyers: Qualified

*Black Women Lawyers' Association: Recommended

*Decalogue Society of Lawyers: Recommended

*Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois: Recommended

* Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois: Recommended 

*Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago: Recommended

*Puerto Rican Bar Association: Recommended

*Women's Bar Association of Illinois: Recommended

"QUALIFIED" by the Chicago Bar Association

"Mr. Worley has broad experience in both criminal law and domestic relations.  He is well regarded for his knowledge of the law, legal ability, thoughtful demeanor, and fine temperament." - The Chicago Bar Association January 2020


MARCH 17, 2020


"Honest, ethical and strong integrity. Sam is the right man for the job." - Ron Justin

"Sam is for the people! Compassionate, caring and has the experience to back it up! My vote will be for James Samuel Worley and your vote should be the same!"- Josh Meseth

"You won't find a more fair and honest person! I've known Sam for 35 years and I believe in him 100%! He will make the BEST judge and you will be proud you voted for him!" - Tracy Read Cobb

"My friend Sam Worley is running for judge in Cook County...
I have known Sam and his wife for a long time, personally and professionally, and he is the tops!!
Sam is smart, fair and compassionate and those are the most important qualities for a judge to have. He’s an excellent listener too, which is a SUPER important quality in a judge.

I have been a lawyer for a long time, and I know that Sam will be an excellent judge because he’s so solid, and also not at all stuck on himself.
He’s the most qualified person in his race, so please consider voting for him on March 17, 2020.
And then go downtown to see the Chicago River died green again for the most important holiday in Cook County after Election Day - St Patrick’s Day!!" - Karen Kerbis

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