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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 career prosecutor who worked as an assistant state’s attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 30 years.  From 2009 to 2019, she was Supervisor of the Third Municipal District, where she oversaw the prosecution of all felony and misdemeanor cases from approximately 25 suburbs of Chicago, including Arlington Heights, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling.  Prior to holding that position, Maria was the Supervisor of the Homicide/Sex Unit in Chicago, the Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Division and was a Deputy Supervisor in the Traffic Division.

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