Welcome to Illinois Judicial Council

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Illinois Judicial Council is to enhance the image of the judiciary by serving as a collective voice in strong support of its members and encouraging judicial participation in the Cook County Bar Association, National Bar Association and the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association; to serve the community by dispensing scholarships, encouraging the youth of the community in their positive goals, serving as “role models” and as constructive resources for the youth, educating and enlightening the community about the legal process and striving to providing equal access to the courts and to justice.

Our History


On January 13, 1982, a small group of African-American judges met in Chicago, at the Community Insurance Company, to discuss problems common to black judges.

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Chairs Corner

Judge Hooks 2014

It is an extreme honor to serve our community, the judicial profession and the members of the Illinois Judicial Council (IJC) as its Chair during this 2014-2015 bar year. I’m blessed and honored to have a dynamic, dedicated and highly talented team of officers, board members, committee chairs and IJC members as we move towards perfecting our new and our historical activities…
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