Judge Jerry Esrig Endorsed by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl & Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin

Judge Jerry Esrig
Judge Jerry Esrig

Judge Jerry Esrig has received the endorsement of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin in his bid to retain the judicial seat to which he was appointed in Cook County’s 9th Judicial Subcircuit (the Goldberg vacancy).  They join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, The Honorable Abner Mikva, and an impressive list of state and local officials who have spoken out in support of the Evanston resident.


“Throughout his career, Jerry has demonstrated a commitment to his community, his clients and our system of justice,” stated Congresswoman Schakowsky in her endorsement of Judge Esrig. 

Commissioner Suffredin, in speaking to supporters at a campaign kick-off event, endorsed Judge Esrig as “one of the most exceptional candidates for judge that we have had in the 9th Subcircuit.”


The majority of Evanston‘s City Council have endorsed Judge Esrig, who has been an Evanston resident most of his adult life, including:

  • 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Briathwaite

  • 4th Ward Alderman Donald Wilson

  • 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes

  • 6th Ward Alderman Mark Tendam

  • 7th Ward Alderman Jane Grover

  • 8th Ward Alderman Ann Rainey

  • 9th Ward Alderman Coleen Burrus


State representatives Laura Fine, Daniel Biss and Robyn Gabel have also endorsed Judge Esrig, joining Northfield Township Committeeman Mike Kreloff and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen in support of the candidate. 


Judge Jerry Esrig worked as a trial lawyer in Chicago for over 30 years, until he was appointed by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis in October of 2013 to fill a judicial vacancy in Cook County’s Ninth Subircuit.  During his legal career, he represented small and medium-sized businesses in commercial disputes and profoundly injured individuals.  In 1984, he co-founded the firm of Zaideman & Esrig, P.C. which became Epstein, Zaideman & Esrig in 1985.  The firm once again became known as Zaideman & Esrig, P.C. in 1999 when partner Jim Epstein was appointed and then elected to the bench.


Judge Esrig earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law.  He was an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Law School and also taught for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Judge Esrig and his wife Deborah Thorne live in Evanston where they raised their two adult children, Daniel and Rachel. 


For more information on Judge Jerry Esrig, view the website at www.jerryesrigforjudge.org


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