Friday, October 21, 2016
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Appetizers and Silent Auction
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner and Program
Maggiano’s, 111 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets: $100 per person / $1000 per table (10 persons)
Advance ticket purchase is required. Online ticket sales are now closed. Limited seats may still be available – please call Danae Kovac at 773-762-6383.
Timothy C. Evans serves as the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest of the 24 judicial circuits in Illinois and also one of the largest unified court systems in the world. Chief Judge Evans oversees the circuit’s approximately 400 judges whom he assigns throughout the court’s ten divisions and six geographic districts, an annual budget of approximately $240.1 million, and approximately 2,958 employees who work in 14 non-judicial offices providing probation and other court-related services.
Chief Judge Evans was first elected Chief Judge in September 2001 by unanimous vote of the circuit judges. He is only the fourth person to serve as Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and is the first African American to serve in the position.
As Chief Judge, Evans has brought sweeping reforms to the court that are both innovative and compassionate. His efforts include critical changes to pretrial services operations, a new Domestic Violence Courthouse, and the creation of the two court-wide divisions dedicated to hearing only domestic violence matters and elder law matters. He also has significantly expanded the use of specialty/treatment courts dedicated to mental health treatment, veterans support, drug treatment, and support to persons charged with prostitution. Under his leadership, there has been an unparalleled growth in free legal services for low-income, self-represented litigants, including a free mediation program to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Also, the court’s national reputation for its highly effective alternatives to incarceration for young people in trouble continues to grow.
Throughout his career, Chief Judge Evans has been an outspoken voice for equal opportunities for women and minorities. At the court’s executive level, in particular, he has championed excellence and diversity. Women and minorities comprise half of the 17 divisions and district presiding judges he has appointed.
Chief Judge Evans is a 1965 graduate of the University of Illinois. He received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1969. He has been honored with dozens of distinguished service and humanitarian awards and has had academic scholarships established in his name. In 2009, he became the first judge from Illinois to receive the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence from the National Center for State Courts, one of the most prestigious judicial honors in the country.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades. She has worked with the Cook County Board of Commissioners, elected officials, and county employees to implement major reform and reshape county government through fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency & accountability, and improved services.
Since taking office in December 2010, President Preckwinkle has rebuilt the credibility of county government, solving for over $1.4 billion in budget deficits and cutting $465 million in expenditures. She established the county’s first performance management initiative to demand more accountability from county operations and employees.
President Preckwinkle has developed a broad policy agenda – focusing on critical public safety reform, working to strengthen the county’s health care system, and increasing the capacity and capability of our economic development efforts.
President Preckwinkle is also president of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, a separate governmental body. The FPCC is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the country spanning 69,000 acres, which makes up 11% of the County footprint.
Before being elected Cook County Board President, Preckwinkle served 19 years as Alderman of the 4th Ward. During her tenure she worked to improve local public schools and increase the amount of affordable housing sponsoring two Living Wage and Affordable Housing Ordinances. Her independent and progressive leadership earned her the IVI-IPO Best Alderman Award six times as well as two Leon Despres Awards.
Prior to holding elected office, President Preckwinkle taught high school history for ten years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of three.
Isaac Ray Center Inc.
Jonny & Christine Cummings
Lawndale Christian Community Church
Sponsorships are available at the following levels:
- Marquee Sponsor ($5,000)
- Premier Sponsor ($2,500)
- Major Sponsor ($1,000)
- Contributing Sponsor ($500)
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