Endorsed by the Democratic Party



Cecilia Horan was appointed as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County on January 19, 2017, by the Illinois Supreme Court. She is presently assigned to the First Municipal Division where she hears cases involving alleged breaches of contract, the rights of landlords and tenants, debtors and creditors, and traffic matters. 

Prior to her judicial service, Judge Horan was a litigation partner at the 500-attorney law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she practiced for 20 years. Her law practice involved the defense of individuals and businesses in high-exposure and complex personal injury lawsuits. She has handled cases in courthouses throughout Illinois and in various other states, however, her main practice was in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she tried several cases to verdict.

She was actively involved in firm culture: she was a co-chair of her firm’s mentoring committee in the Chicago office, a co-founder of her firm’s LGBT affinity group, and she assisted her firm in achieving a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index from 2010 through 2017. She has organized and presented numerous continuing legal education programs on topics ranging from litigation strategy to the state of the law affecting women and minorities.

Judge Horan is the president of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), a bar organization for LGBT lawyers, law students and legal professionals that provides its members with social and networking opportunities, mentoring programs for law students and young lawyers, public interest law scholarships and internship opportunities with organizations such as the Cook County States Attorney’s office, Equality Illinois and Lambda Legal, continuing legal education programs, and more.  She has been a member of the LAGBAC board of directors since 2010 and on the executive board since 2013. 

Judge Horan is a life-long Chicago resident and lives in the Andersonville neighborhood where she is on the board of directors of her neighborhood organization, West Edgewater Area Residents (WEAR). WEAR addresses neighborhood issues such as housing density, green space, parking restrictions, new development within the WEAR boundaries, and maintains the beautiful and award-winning WEAR garden.

Judge Horan is a graduate of Taft High School and Columbia College Chicago.


Ms. Horan is well versed in the law and has had substantial litigation experience. Ms. Horan is active in the legal profession and possesses all the requisite qualifications to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.
— Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee, November 22, 2016

Bar Ratings

Judicial candidates in Cook County are evaluated by 12 bar associations. With regard to Cecilia Horan, these bar organizations have made the following findings:

The Advocates Society – “Recommended”

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area – “Recommended”

Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago – “Recommended”

Chicago Council of Lawyers – “Qualified”

Cook County Bar Association – “Recommended”

Decalogue Society of Lawyers – “Recommended”

Hellenic Bar Association – “Recommended”

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois – “Qualified”

Illinois State Bar Association – “Qualified”

Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago – “Recommended”

Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois – “Recommended”

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois – “Recommended”



John Cullerton - Illinois Senate President

Alderman Michelle Harris - 8th Ward

Art Johnson - Sidetrack Co-founder and Legendary LGBT Activist

Alderman Raymond Lopez - 15th Ward

Committeeman Dean Maragos - New Trier Township

Committeewoman Lucy Moog - 43rd Ward

Alderman Patrick O'Connor - 40th Ward

Committeeman John O'Sullivan - Worth Township

Committeeman Barrett Pedersen - Leyden Township

U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley - 5th Congressional District, Illinois

Alderman Brendan Reilly - 42nd Ward

Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr. - Cook County Board of Review

Committeewoman Carol Ronen - 48th Ward

Committeeman Paul Rosenfeld - 47th Ward

U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky – 9th Congressional District, Illinois (read endorsement)

Commissioner Larry Suffredin - Cook County Board District

Illinois Secretary of State - Jesse White

Committeeman Frank Zuccarelli - Thornton Township

Chicago Federation of Labor

Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local 2

Democrats of Northfield Township

Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago, Lodge 7

International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers' Local 73

The Polish American Police Association, P.A.P.A. (read endorsement)

Victory Fund


Please support Judge Horan in her campaign by attending one of the following events.


Fundraiser at Dovetail Brewery

Please join Hon. Patrick O’Connor, Hon. Lucy Moog, Hon. Mike Volini, Hon. Mary Ann Smith, Hon. James Cappleman, Hon. Carol Ronen, Hon. Marion Volini, Hon. Raymond Lopez, Hon. Paul Rosenfeld, and Hon. Brendan Reilly for a neighborhood fundraiser supporting Judge Cecelia Horan.

Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Dovetail Brewery
1800 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago


Illinois Appellate Court Justice Jesse Reyes of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation interviews LAGBAC president, Judge Cecilia A. Horan, on his show, “Profiles in the Law.”  Don’t miss it at these times:

Saturday, July 1, 7:00 p.m. / CAN TV – Channel 21
Saturday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. / CAN TV – Channel 21
Saturday, July 22, 7:00 p.m. / CAN TV – Channel 21





Email Judge Horan at the address below:



Citizens for Judge Cecilia Horan
4801 W. Peterson Avenue, #210
Chicago, IL 60646