Professional Background

I am a strong judicial candidate with a broad range of legal skills. Licensed since 1994, I have 23 years legal experience practicing in a variety of legal fields – criminal, civil, and administrative matters. In my first eight years out of law school, I represented underprivileged citizens in their hours of greatest need as an Assistant Public Defender. I worked my way up the seniority ranks of that office in various divisions. For the last 14 years, I have had private practice experience, focusing mostly on criminal defense but also helping clients with employment, immigration and other civil issues. Through these two positions, I have tried 10 criminal jury trials and over 500 criminal bench trials in my career. In addition to representing clients, I also served as a part-time Administrative Law Judge from 2003 to 2012 for the Illinois Department of Employment Security (the agency that decides unemployment claims). The experience and training that I received in that position has further helped prepare me for the bench. 


I believe that serving as a judge is a very important community service. It is a position that should be filled by qualified, experienced, impartial people who can also effectively manage a busy courtroom such that all participants are fairly treated with respect and justice. My career goal has been to be such a judge, and I have been trying to prepare myself for this responsibility.

Endorsements (list in formation)

SLATED AS AN ENDORSED CANDIDATE BY: 

*THE COOK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

*THE 47th WARD REGULAR DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION

*THE 45th WARD INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS


ALSO ENDORSED BY:

Illinois State Senator Don Harmon, Oak Park Committeeman

Alderman Edward Burke, 14th Ward Committeeman

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, 31st Ward Committeman

Committeeman Frank Zuccarelli, Thornton Township 

Committeeman Tim Bradford, Rich Township

Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo, 36th Ward Committeeman

Committeeman Paul Rosenfeld, 47th Ward 

Alderman John Arena, 45th Ward Committeeman

Alderman Michelle Harris, 8th Ward Committeewoman

Alderman Ariel Reyboyas, 30th Ward Committeeman

Alderman Carlos Ramierez-Rosa, 35th Ward Committeeman

Alderman Nicholas Sposato, 38th Ward Committeeman

Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero, Committeeman Berwyn Township

Franklin Park Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Committeeman Leyden Township

Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Committeewoman Proviso Township 

Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb

Personal Background & Community Involvement

I am a first generation Cuban, and the first of my family go to college. I earned a full scholarship to the University of Michigan, where I met my wife, Dawn M. Gonzalez. We married in 1991, right before we both started law school. We have two wonderful sons, who are both attending Oak Park River Forest High School and are excited to work on this campaign


Community service runs in the family. My wife was the 2004-2005 President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and has served with numerous bar and civic organizations. I too have been deeply committed to volunteer service throughout my career, through the following activities in the Illinois bar and my local community:  

• 14th Ward Volunteer Legal Clinic, President, founded in March 2005

• Volunteer, Democratic Party of Oak Park, 2010 to present 

• Illinois Judges Assoc. Foundation, Lawyers’ Auxiliary Board, 2011 to present

• Illinois Assoc. of Administrative Law Judges, Board Member 2006 to 2007, Secretary 2009 to 2012

• WILPower PAC, Board Member 2005 to 2010, Secretary 2009; Vice-Chair 2010

• Women’s Bar Assoc. Illinois, Member Judicial Eval. Com., 1999 to 2007

• Puerto Rican Bar Assoc., Member Judicial Eval. Com., 2003 to 2007

• Madison Street Theatre, Oak Park, IL, Board Member 2011 to present, President 2015 to present

• Oak Park Residence Corporation, Board Member 2013 to present

• Holmes Elementary School, Oak Park, PTO, Vice President of Academic Affairs, 2007 to 2011


Please Contribute

Your support and contributions will help us run a successful campaign throughout all of Cook County. Checks can be made payable to "Committee to Elect Peter Michael Gonzalez" and can be mailed to P.O. Box #A3993 Chicago, IL 60690-3993, or donations can be made with a credit card on-line with the PayPal link below.

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Upcoming Events & News


Join leaders of the Hispanic community who support Peter Michael Gonzalez for Judge on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the law firm Dykema at 10 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2300. 


The Host Committee for this event includes: *Hon. Luis Arroyo  *Hon. Roberto Maldonado *Hon. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa *Hon. Gloria Chevere (Ret) *Hon. Ed Ponce de Leon (Ret) *Hon. Fe Fernandez (Ret) *Rosa Tumialan *Marti­n Castro *Oscar Gonzalez *Edwin Reyes *Martin Quintana *Federico Rodriguez *Martin Perez *Anna Lozoya *Lisette Mojica *Sulema Medrano *Leo Lastre


RSVP's are not necessary, but will help expedite you through the building lobby security. Send an email to gonzalez4judge@gmail.com to submit your RSVP. 


Suggested donation levels for this event are: $100 for Guests; $250 for Hosts; $500 for Promotors; and $1,000 for Campaign Leaders. Checks can be made payable to "Committee to Elect Peter Michael Gonzalez" and can be submitted at the door, or mailed to P.O. Box A3993, Chicago, IL 60690-3993. If you prefer, donations can be submitted through the Donate button on this website. 

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