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Maria McCarthy

for Cook County Judge


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McCarthy Judicial Ratings

Maria McCarthy is rated "Highly Qualified" by the Chicago Bar Association. Only 4 out of 61 Circuit Court Judicial Candidates found to be "Highly Qualified".


"Highly Recommended", "Recommended", or "Qualified" by all other bar associations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Q)

  • Cook County Bar Association (Q)

  • Chicago Council of Lawyers (Q)

  • Arab American Bar Association (R)

  • Asian American Bar Association (R)

  • Black Men Lawyer's Association (R)

  • Black Women's Lawyer's Association (R)

  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers (R)

  • Hellenic Bar Association (R)

  • Hispanic Lawyers Association (Q)

  • Lesbian & Gay Bar Association (HR)

  • Puerto Rican Bar Association (R)

  • Women's Bar Association (R)


Get to Know Maria

Maria McCarthy is a highly respected career prosecutor who has been fighting for justice in Cook County for more than 30 years. As an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, McCarthy prosecuted serial murderers, gang leaders, serial rapists, and other violent criminals. She has trained thousands of attorneys and police officers in Illinois and nationally, while also teaching at colleges and law schools, including Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Harper College. She currently lives in Mount Prospect with her stubborn but lovable bulldog, Mac.

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