Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


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



ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL James Crawley on running again, having LGBTQ judges
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times

This article shared 1624 times since Thu Feb 27, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

James Crawley has been an attorney for 30 years working for both the government and in private practice where he represented plaintiffs and defendants on a variety of cases.

Crawley, an openly gay candidate, is running for the Cook County Circuit Court countywide Roti vacancy in the March 17 Democratic primary. He has been rated qualified or recommended by every bar association that rates judicial candidates.

Windy City Times: Why did you decide to run again? I see that you were a candidate in 2014.

James Crawley: I have been before judges four or five days a week for nearly the last 30 years and over that time I have come to recognize the traits and characteristics required to be a judge. Everyone who comes to a courtroom wants to be treated fairly. They want to leave knowing they were heard and the judge followed the law.

I know that I will bring the dedication, integrity and compassion required for the job. I think I would be an excellent judge.

WCT: How has the campaign gone so far?

JC: It is very personal because you are asking strangers for their vote. You are asking people to look at your past career and the life that you have led and make a decision based on that information alone. You are asking them to put trust in what you will do but as a judicial candidate it is difficult because you are prohibited from sharing your political positions. When you say that you cannot talk about your positions people think you are not being forthright.

WCT: You were appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the court's Judicial Performance and Evaluation Committee. What does that entail and will you be able to do it if you become a judge?

JC: Yes, I will still be able to do this work and actually most of the members of the committee are judges from around the state. I am one of two people who are not sitting judges.

Courts and judges actually rate one another and attorneys rate judges who are sitting on the bench. The Judicial Performance and Evaluation committee informs judges about what their peers and attorney's think. This is all confidential and a way for judges to improve their performance and their peers to be honest without any retribution. Most people do not know this very important committee exists.

WCT: What sets you apart from your two Democratic primary challengers: Lorraine Murphy and Araceli Reyes De La Cruz?

JC: I commend both of them for wanting to go into public service. I do not know them personally but I recognize the sacrifice it takes to run for judge.

The truth is I have far more experience than either of them. One of them has been in administrative positions the last ten years and has not practiced law in a courtroom for some time. She is also very politically connected which I find concerning for a judicial candidate.

My other opponent has been a prosecutor her entire career. I think it is very difficult for prosecutors to take off that hat when they become judges. You have to be impartial and I do not feel that former prosecutors can do that as judges. I think we need to be cognizant that there are entire communities in Cook County that feel the justice system is stacked against them. Putting another prosecutor on the bench will not instill trust and confidence for people in those communities.

The truth is [that] I have far more experience than either of my challengers and both have been found not qualified by at least one bar association in recent years.

WCT: Why do you think it is important to have LGBTQ judges like yourself on the bench?

JC: In the 30 years I have been a lawyer, it is kind of amazing that when I first started out Tom Chiola ran for judge and it was groundbreaking. That an out gay man like myself would run for judge was unheard of and there is an enormous amount of pride in that because at the time we were at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. There was still a lot of discrimination against the LGBTQ community and once that door opened it paved the way for other gay, lesbian and bisexual lawyers to become judges.

I think a diverse judiciary is important because people want to see people like them on the bench so they get a fair shake at justice. When LGBTQ people are in public life it enhances the community and shows that we are more than stereotypes. It is important that we continue to expand our role and be as open as possible about who we are.

WCT: Are there any endorsements you want to highlight?

JC: Personal PAC, National Organization for Women, IVI-IPO, IBEW, Northwest Side Progressive Democrats and Advocates Society

WCT: Is there anything else you want the voters to know about you?

JC: The most important thing I want known, especially for LGBTQ voters, is my extensive career work for the community going back to the late 1980s including at one of the first AIDS legal clinics in the country. We had a case come before the federal court that was a landmark decision forcing states to pay for AIDS medication.

I was on the first boards of directors of AIDS Care of Chicago, one of the first residential facilities in the city for people living with AIDS. I have done a lot of pro-bono work for Lambda Legal, ACLU and other organizations that promote LGBTQ rights.

I have also been with my husband, Daniel Ingram, for 20 years.

See .

This article shared 1624 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.