Job: Circuit court judge
Education: B.A., University of Dayton; J.D., St. Louis University
Previous offices: Fifth District Appellate Court justice, 2005-06
Qualifications: I should be elected an Appellate Justice because I have previously served the people of that District as an Appellate Justice and have served as a Circuit Judge. I was rated as "highly qualified" by the Illinois State Bar Association Committee for Judicial Evaluations Outside Cook County. The committee interviewed scores of attorneys who had appeared before me as well as Appellate decisions I had written and trial court rulings. In finding me highly qualified, the ISBA wrote: "Judge McGlynn serves in a high volume courtroom where he presides over major civil, non-jury matters. Judge McGlynn also hears a wide range of cases, including real estate matters, insurance coverage disputes, and appeals from Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. As a Judge, Judge McGlynn is known for treating persons not represented by counsel with respect, reviewing court files before hearings and making thoughtful rulings. He is well-respected by attorneys and parties as an impartial and fair Judge." As an Appellate Judge, I participated in hundreds of appeals involving a wide range of civil and criminal cases. The Illinois Supreme Court twice appointed me to serve as a judge after a thorough review of the background, character and experience of many attorneys and judges by bi-partisan, blue ribbon committees. In 2012, I received a "recommended" rating from the attorneys polled by the ISBA. I have received prestigious awards for my commitment to equal justice for all. I served as Chairman of the Board of Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois from July 2009 to March 2012. CSS provided important services to children, families, seniors, the poor and vulnerable throughout Southern Illinois. As presiding judge of St. Clair County's Chancery Court, I have worked to establish a mediation program to help prompt banks and borrowers to settle foreclosure cases on terms mutually agreeable to the parties and so homeowners and their families can stay in their homes. This program is anticipated to begin this fall.
Top issues: Which candidate has the judicial experience to help Illinois deal with difficult issues. Which candidate has a proven record of independence and impartiality.