Supporters of Judge Jerry Esrig gathered at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park on Sunday, March 2, to celebrate new key endorsements and high judicial ratings for the judge who is running to retain his seat in the 9th Subcircuit. Judge Esrig leads as the candidate with the highest bar association ratings from the Chicago Council of Lawyers who praised him “for his litigation skills, as well as for his professionalism and integrity.” Judge Esrig also received the organization’s highest ratings from the Chicago Bar Association (“Highly Qualified”) and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (“Recommended”).
In his introduction of Judge Esrig on March 2, Cook County Clerk David Orr stated, “I have endorsed many candidates for office over the years, but we don’t always have candidates who are this good. With his experience and his understanding of issues that real people are concerned with, Jerry is a much better candidate than anybody else who is running.”
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, who co-hosted the campaign event, added, “Jerry is the best qualified candidate in the 9th Subcircuit to represent the integrity and values of the community.”
Judge Esrig has received key endorsements from local and state organizations, including: Personal PAC, the Indo American Democratic Organization, and the Chicago Federation of Labor. These organizations join a long list of local and state officials who have endorsed Judge Esrig, including: The Honorable Abner Mikva; U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and former Evanston mayor Lorraine Morton; Illinois State Representatives Robyn Gabel, Laura Fine and Elaine Nekritz; Illiniois State Senator Daniel Biss; and almost all of the Evanston Aldermen and the Township Committeemen of the 9th Subcircuit.
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 9th 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.