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Michael Dickman

Michael J. “Mike” Dickman is running for Judge of the 4th Judicial Subcircuit in the Cook County Circuit Court. Decades of legal experience and a commitment to ethics make him exceptionally qualified for this position.

Blessed to be the oldest of six children, raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Michael Dickman learned that those benefiting from good fortune are thus duty bound to assist those not so fortunate. Born on Chicago’s South Side, he spent many hours as child influenced by the experiences of his grandfather, a Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief, and father, a lifelong tradesman frequently repairing school buildings throughout the South Side.

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After a childhood filled with sports, Catholic education, and the lessons one learns growing up in a large family, Mike’s golf caddy background opened the door to a college golf scholarship at Chicago’s own Roosevelt University. After graduating with Honors and a degree in Business Administration, a successful sales career with a Fortune 500 company brought him to the doorstep of De Paul University and its College of Law.

“Obtaining my De Paul law degree provided the opportunity to complete a curriculum focused substantively in the area of employment and labor law, and practically by developing the skills necessary to deploy, and succeed, in a courtroom setting,” Mike says.

Such training, coupled with a desire to aid the less fortunate, led to service as a Cook County Public Defender in the early to mid 1990′s. He then spent several years in the private practice of law, handling civil, criminal & commercial litigation cases throughout the courts of Cook, Du Page, Will & Lake County.

In 1996, Mike was honored to be appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Judicial Hearing Officer. In this capacity, he conducted hearings and issued decisions for over ten years in child custody and protection cases involving a parent’s efforts to regain custody. Such cases were dominated by a host of societal, mental health and child development issues requiring court intervention and direction, in an effort to remedy challenges faced by the families populating those served by the Court.

Managing such cases at the trial court level, combined with drafting decisions for cases on appeal while subsequently on staff with the Illinois Appellate Court, was followed then by three years as an Assistant Cook County States Attorney, where he handled Child Abuse and Neglect cases as a First Chair Prosecutor.

“Today, I’m Primary Housing Counsel and Attorney for the Legal Aid Society,” Mike says, “handling Mortgage Foreclosure, Eviction and Consumer Fraud matters impacting so many during these economically challenging times.”

Mike’s highest praises are for his family, “I’m blessed also to be the Father of an 18 year old daughter, uncle to a dozen nieces and nephews, and engaged to my wonderful fiancee, Ms. Lisa Saviano. Together we proudly reside in the Highlands of La Grange, Township of Lyons, squarely in the heart of West Suburban Cook County’s 4th Judicial Sub Circuit. I also proudly serve as a former officer and member of the Illinois Judicial Council, Board member of the Chicago District Golf Association, and member of the Democratic Party of Lyons Township and La Grange Highlands Civic Association.”

“Most importantly,” Mike goes on, “I’m driven by certain bedrock principles critical for justice to be done for the citizens of Cook County when appearing before our Cook County Judiciary. Among these are a vigilant work ethic to ensure complete knowledge of the applicable law at issue and relevant facts of the matters entrusted to me; proven management skills to properly, but fairly, manage a large, challenging caseload; also, patience and understanding for those before me, born from serving as public defender and prosecutor, in private practice and as a judicial officer, serving each role within the litigation arena.”

Mike’s wide ranging experience will provide judicial practice and procedure properly balancing the scales of justice, and reinforcing to our citizenry that our judicial branch of government is comprised of noble public servants committed to justice and law in these challenging times.