In a bid to retain his seat on Cook County’s 9th Judicial Subcircuit Court, Judge Jerry Esrig has now received the support of the newly formed Women’s Committee for Judge Jerry Esrig. The committee, under the leadership of U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, consists of political, government and civic leaders throughout the Chicago area, all of whom support Judge Esrig in his run for the 9th Judicial Subcircuit.
The committee released a statement citing Judge Esrig as the highest rated and most qualified candidate in the 9th Subcircuit race for the Goldberg vacancy as the main impetus for speaking out in support of Esrig. Congresswoman Schakowsky endorsed Judge Esrig by stating, “Throughout his career, Jerry has demonstrated a commitment to his community, his clients and our system of justice. He deserves our vote.”
Illinois State Representative Robyn Gabel, also a member of the Women’s Committee for Judge Jerry Esrig, added “We know that throughout the country, women voters often determine the outcome of elections and we need to make educated choices. It is vitally important that we elect smart, thoughtful, experienced judges, which is why I am supporting Judge Esrig.”
Members of the Women’s Committee for Judge Jerry Esrig include: Illinois State Representatives Laura Fine and Robyn Gabel; Evanston City Aldermen Jane Grover, Coleen Burrus and Delores Holmes; Democratic Committeewoman Carol Ronen; Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos; attorneys Fay Clayton, Debora de Hoyos, and Deborah Thorne; long-time women’s advocates Anne Ladky, Sunny Fischer, and Laura Tucker; Anita Weinberg, President of the YWCA Board of Directors; and many Evanston women including Geri Sizemore and Gretchen Livingston.
Judge 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.