Who am I?

I am an attorney in the litigation department of Jenner & Block, LLP, where I maintain a pro bono practice that includes fair housing and prisoners' rights litigation. I volunteer as chair of the Legal Redress Committee of the Chicago West Side NAACP, a leadership position that allows me to help single-parent mothers, ex-offenders, and victims of employment discrimination obtain the legal assistance they need.

I also serve on the boards of several non-profits in Cook County including Bethel New Life, a community development organization, and Umoja Student Development Corporation, an organization that offers college and career programming for high school students. Additionally, I serve on the junior boards of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Christ the King Jesuit High School.

In 2012, Governor Pat Quinn appointed me to the Illinois Medical District Commission, a body charged with developing the largest urban medical district in the country. As commissioner, I work to promote goal-oriented land development and economic growth in Cook County.

I was raised in the Austin neighborhood by a single-parent mother and still reside in Austin today. I earned my bachelor's degree with honors from Princeton University and my law degree from the University of Chicago.

Why am I running?

As a lifelong resident of the 1st District, I have had the honor of spending much of my life serving the hardworking people who make up our community. I take great pride in our district's diversity and potential. Through my personal and professional experiences, I can humbly say that I understand the issues that face us, and my vision for our district is representative of the entire district’s needs — both city and suburban.

I am running because we deserve visible, effective, and accountable leadership. I will fight to ensure that government works for the people, not political insiders. Most of all, I will be a transparent and ethical office holder.

My Goals

I believe that three major issues face our county:

1) reducing the population and recidivism rate at Cook County Jail;

2) ensuring health care reform is administered effectively so that our hospitals are adequately staffed and county residents receive the health care they deserve; and

3) finding innovative ways to put people back to work while ameliorating the crisis of foreclosed and abandoned properties in our county.

My DFA Values

I believe that criminal justice reform, health care access, and affordable housing is essential to promoting community, security, and liberty in Cook County. As 1st District Cook County Commissioner, I will fight to ensure that people have these rights. I have spent much of my life promoting these values. I can wholeheartedly say that I am with DFA when it comes to valuing community, security, and liberty.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Our campaign is powered by people in the 1st District and Cook County who want young, progressive leadership. We had more than thirty volunteers circulate our nominating petitions and we collected more than twice as many valid signatures as we needed to make the ballot. I am grateful for the many people who are canvassing and phone banking on our behalf. I am the only progressive candidate in this race who is ready to move Cook County forward.

Voice support


  • Melissa Lindberg
  • Carl Nyberg, IL

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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