Mulroe retires from Senate to continue career in public service as circuit court judge

mulroe 062119SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) retired from his seat in the Illinois Senate today and will continue his career in public service as a Cook County circuit court judge.

Mulroe first joined the State Senate in 2010. During his tenure, he sponsored nearly 200 measures that were signed into law by three different governors. He worked extensively on public health issues and issues facing first responders. He also served as the chair of the Public Health and Judiciary committees.

In 2015, he passed legislation that would require insurance companies to cover 3-D mammograms that more effectively detect breast cancer. He also passed several measures aimed at protecting the pensions of Chicago’s police officers and firefighters and secured a property tax break for permanently disabled first responders.

“I had the opportunity to work on some really important legislation during my time in Springfield and make tangible, positive changes in the lives of Illinois residents,” Mulroe said. “My time as a state senator was incredibly valuable and the lessons I learned during my time in the statehouse will be crucial as I take this new step in my career.”

Mulroe was appointed as circuit court judge by the Illinois Supreme Court after being nominated by Justice Mary Jane Theis. He will serve until the end of outgoing Judge Thomas Allen’s term on Dec. 7, 2020, when an election will be held to fill the position permanently.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the 10th District,” Mulroe said. “Although I’ll miss the legislative process and the people I worked with at the statehouse, I’m looking forward to this new experience and the opportunity to continue serving the people of Cook County.”

Sen. John G. Mulroe


10th District

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe