Elect Mike Cortina for
Appellate Court Judge
Second Judicial District of Illinois


Rulings from Appellate Courts in Illinois have a tremendous impact on our communities and on our lives. An appellate judge must decide appeals from every area of the law, from traffic court to civil disputes to felony crime sentencing.  Mike Cortina has had a broad, varied and successful legal career – he has the comprehensive experience and perspective we need on the Appellate Court. 


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Balance the Bench

If elected, Mike Cortina would be the first-ever Hispanic appellate court judge serving our region.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the five counties of Illinois’ 2nd Appellate Court District – DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry are, collectively, nearly one-quarter Hispanic (23.07%).  Kane County itself is nearly one-third Hispanic (32.4%).  It is important that the judiciary – like other branches of government – represent and reflect the community.   However, the 2nd Appellate Court District has no Hispanic judges.

Diversity is important.  People of all backgrounds need to know that they will be treated fairly and equally by the justice system.  Having judges from different communities ensures an important balance of perspective, understanding and experience.   Diversity on the bench also fosters greater confidence in the justice system among members of minority communities.  As the son of an immigrant father who also practiced law, Mike Cortina knows the importance of balance, fairness and inclusion in our justice system.



On June 28, 2022, in the Democratic General Primary 

Vote Mike Cortina for Appellate Court Judge
Second Judicial District.



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