Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01



ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL Deidre Baumann seeks diversity on Cook County bench
by Tim Peacock

This article shared 1960 times since Thu Feb 27, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Capping off a nearly 30-year career as an attorney, Deidre Baumann has set her sights on becoming a judge in the Cook County Circuit Court during the upcoming election.

As an out member of the Chicago LGBTQ community, Baumann has worked diligently to secure and preserve civil rights for marginalized members of the local community. Aside from serving as the president of the Suburban Bar Coalition, she also serves on the board of directors for the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and is the vice chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Windy City Times: Since you last spoke with Windy City Times, what's changed ( if anything ) in your professional life? You still own a private civil litigation practice ( Baumann & Shuldiner ), right?

Deidre Baumann: I'm still running my practice—civil rights, employment discrimination and personal injury. In the interim, I've received a large verdict in an employment discrimination case in federal court. A disabled client—a former public school teacher—prevailed on that. I've also obtained additional positions in the bar associations and so forth.

WCT: You passed the bar in 1992, meaning you've had a nearly 30-year career. What would you say is the most important issue or case you've been able to tackle in that time?

DB: A lot of the issues that I deal with are important. They deal with constitutional rights and due process. In terms of cases, the Burr Oak [Cemetery] case is something I'm very proud of. I worked on that for many years. Do you recall it? In Alsip, there was a primarily African-American cemetery—Emmett Till is buried in the cemetery—and there were employees of the cemetery digging up grave sites and dumping the remains.

As soon as we learned something was going on—a client called me—I went into court and immediately got a receiver appointed. That was the beginning of a long battle to get some justice for thousands of people who were affected by not only the digging up of the grave sites, but poor recordkeeping, a dilapidated cemetery, etc.

Within the last several years, I also worked on an appellate brief and then a Supreme Court brief for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Ultimately, I helped achieve the abolition of the public duty rule. It was important for plaintiffs seeking relief from governmental entities. We had a tort immunity law—a common-law doctrine—that didn't provide a defense. It just stated there was no duty owed by the police or fire to citizens generally. That doctrine had been around a long, long time and thankfully, it was abolished.

WCT: You've run for office a couple of times now. What are some of the lessons you've learned from those campaigns and what made you decide to run in 2020? What is your driving force?

DB: The byline is "a voice for equal justice." I feel like, I've run before and I felt like I was climbing up a hill because society wasn't ready for some of the reforms we're finally accepting. Criminal justice reforms. Things have moved in the right direction and I want to be part of it. I want to use my many years of experience and knowledge of the law, integrity and life experiences I've had with all types of people particularly doing the type of law I do.

I think we need judges who are diverse and can bring varied life experience to the bench and we can move forward with some much needed judicial reform.

WCT: Speaking of diversity, as an out member of the LGBTQ community who works with multiple organizations that seek to promote equality, what do you see as the largest or most important issue facing LGBTQ people this election?

DB: As a member of the community, I am very hopeful that [transgender attorney] Jill Rose Quinn can become an addition to the bench. I think it's also important to not forget the diversity of our group. Voters need to know who the LGBT candidates are running whether they be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, etc. It's important to have diversity on the bench, and I think we're moving in the right direction.

WCT: Do you have anything else to add?

DB: I went to law school and became a lawyer to help people. I want to use my experience, knowledge of the law and integrity to continue to help people. And I think now is a good time for me to be able to do that.

For more information on Deidre Baumann's campaign, please see .

This article shared 1960 times since Thu Feb 27, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Polis marriage marks first same-sex wedding of sitting governor 2021-09-17
- On Sept. 15, Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis wed longtime partner Marlon Reis—marking the first same-sex marriage of a sitting U.S. governor, NPR reported. Polis keeps making history. In 2018, Polis became the first openly gay ...

Gay News

Hastert settles sexual-abuse lawsuit 2021-09-16
- Days before a trial was set to begin, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert reached a tentative settlement in a hush-money lawsuit filed by a man whose decades-old sexual-abuse allegations led to the politician's downfall six ...

Gay News

Now, only five of Chicago's 50 aldermen reject automatic pay raises 2021-09-16
- Forty-five out of 50 Chicago aldermen have opted to accept a 5.5% pay increase in 2022 that will push the highest paid among them to an annual salary of more than $130,000, according to The Chicago Tribune. ...

Gay News

Chicago alderman apologizes for 'offensive words' 2021-09-15
- Jim Gardiner, alderman of Chicago's 45th Ward, apologized during the Sept. 14 Chicago City Council meeting for his "offensive words" but said he "never acted on any of those rants" in which he appeared to call ...

Gay News

Gov. Pritzker signs transformative energy legislation for Illinois 2021-09-15
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Delivering on principles previously laid out, Governor JB Pritzker signed landmark legislation into law that puts the state on a path toward 100% clean energy, invests in training a diverse workforce for the jobs ...

Gay News

Gavin Newsom wins Calif. recall election 2021-09-15
- On Sept. 14, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated a GOP-backed effort to remove him from office, media outlets reported. Speaking from Sacramento, Newsom thanked Californians for rejecting the recall effort, according to He also ...

Gay News

Catholic theologians urge protections for LGBTQ+ people 2021-09-14
- More than 750 of the nation's leading Catholic theologians, church leaders, scholars, educators and writers have joined New Ways Ministry in voicing support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, according to a New Ways press release. ...

Gay News

'Homophile' organization New Gay Liberation Front launches 2021-09-13
- The New Gay Liberation Front—which described itself in a press release as a "homophile organization"—has launched. "Homophile" is a term that was used by some gay and lesbian groups in the 1950s. According to the University ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Teachers, GLAAD talks HRC, 9/11 items, Dr. Rachel Levine 2021-09-12
- In North Carolina, a former teacher won a lawsuit against Charlotte Catholic High School and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte after he lost his job following an announcement on Facebook that he planned to marry ...

Gay News

WORLD False report, Indian activist dies, fashion exhibit, LGBT Awards 2021-09-12
- In Spain, a man who claimed eight hooded men carved an anti-gay slur on his butt using a knife in a horrific hate crime later said the act was consensual, according to According to police ...

Gay News

Lightfoot attends 'Parade of Hearts' public-art installation series launch 2021-09-09
--From a press release - CHICAGO (September 8, 2021) — The Love, Unity & Values (LUV) Institute, a Chicago non-profit, unveiled a new series of neighborhood art installations Sept. 8 to launch the Parade of Hearts, an initiative to commemorate the ...

Gay News

HRC fires its president, Alphonso David 2021-09-07
- On Sept. 6, the national LGBTQ+ organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) fired its president, Alphonso David, for advising now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during his sexual-harassment scandal ...

Gay News

Afghan LGBTQs in peril, with little help in sight 2021-09-06
- Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of LGBT Afghan citizens, who dared to take modest steps toward living openly when their country was under the occupation and influence of a more tolerant "western culture," are now literally hiding in ...

Gay News

HRC president refuses to resign, despite co-chairs' reported request 2021-09-06
- Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has refused to resign in the midst of controversy—even after the organization's co-chairs reportedly requested that he do so. According to NBC New York, David is ...

Gay News

LGBTQ+ exhibit removed from Missouri Capitol 2021-09-05
- Kansas City Sen. Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate, demanded an explanation after an exhibit on the LGBTQ+-rights movement in Kansas City was removed from the state Capitol (in Jefferson City) ...


Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.