Chicago Tribune Endorses Tom Cushing for Judge

Chicago Tribune Endorses Tom Cushing for Judge

i Mar 7th No Comments by

“Cushing is endorsed.”


The Chicago Tribune, March 6, 2016


The Chicago Tribune, Chicago’s largest newspaper weighing in on judicial races, endorsed Tom Cushing for judge on March 6, 2016.


In endorsing Tom, the Tribune stated, “Thomas Maloney Cushing got exceptional reviews from the CBA and the Council of Lawyers. He has broad experience as a civil litigator and has worked for the Chicago Climate Exchange and as assistant counsel to Chicago’s Shakman decree monitor. He’s also an adjunct professor at Loyola University Law School.”


The Tribune based its endorsement on bar association evaluations and interviews with attorneys and judges who know the candidates.

“This reinforces what we knew all along,” said campaign manager Joe Cushing, “that Tom’s great credentials and character would set him apart.”

Cushing for Judge Campaign Off to Fast Start

i Dec 9th No Comments by

Chicago, December 9, 2015 –

Top-rated candidate Thomas Maloney Cushing entered the race for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in a sprint when he filed over 9,000 signatures to run for the Michael J. Howlett, Jr. vacancy county-wide on November 30, 2015. A veteran elections lawyer stated that he had never seen such a large, high-quality signature effort by an independent candidate. The December 7 deadline for objections to petitions passed without a challenge to Cushing’s filing, assuring him a spot on the March 15, 2016 ballot in the Democratic primary.


            The Cushing for Judge campaign hopes to carry the momentum it built in 2014 when Cushing ran for Judge from the 9th Subcircuit. In 2014, Cushing was one of only four candidates for Cook County Judge out of the sixty-seven vetted by local bar associations to receive both “Highly Qualified” and “Well Qualified” ratings from the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. He was also endorsed by eleven past or current Presidents of bar associations such as the ISBA, CBA, ITLA, Society of Trial Lawyers and the Illinois Judges Association.


            The Cushing for Judge Campaign is off to a fast fundraising start. According to public filings, it has raised more than $35,000 before staging its first fundraiser or reporting any contributions from the candidate.


Thomas Maloney Cushing is a twenty-seven year lawyer who has focused on civil litigation, with an emphasis on professional negligence, personal injury and high-stakes commercial disputes. He is a long-time adjunct at Loyola University School of Law and has done significant work in environmental advocacy, particularly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through financial incentives. In the community, Cushing was a board member at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls for more than twenty years and has volunteered consistently in youth education and athletics. He and his wife Ellen are raising four young adults.

Tom Interviews With North Town News Magazine

i Feb 10th No Comments by

Tom had the opportunity to appear on North Town News Magazine with Avy Meyers to talk about his background, credentials and local roots. Watch the video below!

Lessons From Dr. King

i Jan 21st No Comments by
Tom Cushing Meets Dr. Warren Washington

Tom meets Climate Scientist Dr. Warren Washington at Northwestern MLK Celebration.

On January 20, 2014, I attended the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King service at Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University hoping to spread the word about the campaign.  Well, the campaign never came up in the crowd of mostly students, but I took away a great gift from the evening.

First, the commemoration of Dr. King by the Northwestern community, many of whom were born a full generation after his death, was an inspiration.  The singing and recitation of Dr. King’s words were a recharge for the soul, reminding us of our responsibilities to the community – especially to execute governmental power with fairness and equity – and of the essential role of love and reconciliation in a damaged world.

As student Malik Dent reminded us, in Dr. King’s words, responding to darkness with darkness only multiplies it.  Light is the only way to drive away the dark.  Forgiveness must originate from the victim.

What an incredible message of moral strength in light of the hatred and oppression Dr. King was fighting, a struggle we carry on today in his name.

Keynote speaker and noted climate scientist Dr. Warren Washington, Ph. D., explained that environmental justice means keeping the world livable for the least among us, those who will suffer the most from dislocation due to environmental damage and sea level rise.

Dr. Washington paraphrased Dr. King when he said, “As for me, I will choose love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Well okay, then.

Cushing for Judge Kicks Off!

i Sep 26th No Comments by
Tom networks at Cushing for Judge Kickoff

Tom Cushing, Alderman Jane Grover (Evanston, 7th) and James Brault (Commissioner, Wilmette Park Board)

Thomas M. Cushing’s campaign for Circuit Court Judge from the 9th Judicial Subcircuit launched last night!
The Cushing for Judge campaign kicked off with a rousing gathering of more than one hundred supporters in Evanston on September 19, 2013.

The crowd was strictly friends and family, there to learn about Tom’s candidacy and the steps necessary to secure victory in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014.

Margaret and Joseph Flanagan, avid supporters of numerous good causes in Evanston and throughout the area, hosted the kick off event at their home. Joe commented afterward:

“The Campaign Kick Off was a great success! When you work with a person whose life purpose is to be a man for others, the support he can generate and the number of people who want to help Tom become a judge is awesome to see.”

Tom Cushing has been a lawyer for twenty-five years, focusing on civil litigation and environmental advocacy. He has achieved numerous verdicts and settlements in injury and business cases in excess of $1M, has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law, and was appointed by the Supreme Court as a member of the ARDC Hearing Board.

Tom was born in Evanston, and he and his wife Ellen settled here twenty-one years ago to raise their family of four.

Tom has been an active volunteer to youth organizations, Chairing the St. Athanasius School Board, coaching in the Fellowship of African American Males and the Evanston Baseball and Softball Association youth sports leagues, and serving for two decades on the Board of Regents at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Ellen is a regular presence in the community as well, serving as a Board Member at Connections for the Homeless, a mentor for Evanston Scholars, and a leader in the effort to promote dialogue on gun usage.

Details about events, the Cushing for Judge steering committee and volunteer opportunities will be rolling out soon.

The Right Choice For Judge

i Sep 18th No Comments by

It is true:  we do get the government we deserve.

So it’s vital that we choose carefully and select the best people to serve in public office, from Congress to water commissioner to judge. I’m running for judge to make things better for our children’s generation.

Thanks for visiting my website to learn about me and about my candidacy for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  I’m confident that the more you learn the better it will be for all of us.

Just as not all doctors are surgeons, not all lawyers are trial attorneys.  In fact, the great majority of lawyers do not try cases in court.  In my 25 years as a lawyer, I have distinguished myself as an expert trial lawyer:

  • Dozens of noteworthy verdicts and appeals; many results in excess of $1 million.
  • Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School to teach trial skills, procedure and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Courtroom work across the profession, including catastrophic injury cases, business lawsuits, professional liability, felony criminal, chancery, and probate cases.
  • Past membership by invitation to the Society of Trial Lawyers and Loyola Law School’s Circle of Advocates.
  • Supreme Court appointment to the Hearing Board of the ARDC, the body that hears and judges claims of attorney misconduct.

I recognize the place I am best suited to serve the wider community is in the courtroom, as a judge.

And while I have always worked in the private sector, I know that public service in my professional life is the best way for me to make an impact and pay it forward for the next generation.

Many thanks for dropping by and I hope we have the opportunity to meet as the Cushing For Judge campaign kicks off.

Tom Cushing