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Elect Margaret Peggy O’Connell

Margaret Peggy O’Connell is the Democratic candidate for Circuit Court Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit in DuPage County, IL. She has served as an Assistant State's Attorney and as a private family law, divorce, and criminal defense attorney. She has taught at the John Marshall Law School, and she has received the Inspirational Woman Award from the DuPage County Association of Women Lawyers. She is the current Vice President of the DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Peggy has elected to run for Circuit Court Judge in order to ensure that additional women and Democrats are represented on the DuPage County bench. Peggy would be the first woman elected directly to serve as a Circuit Court Judge in the history of DuPage County. Peggy will perform her duties as a judge with a thorough and open mind that is informed by her years of experience as a prosecutor and private defense attorney.

Dear DuPage County Voter:

Welcome to my website. I am hoping that you can spare a few moments to learn about me and my candidacy. It is important that we educate ourselves about our judicial candidates in order to determine their qualifications. I am confident in my qualifications to serve the people of DuPage County. My career is the product of practicing in many different areas of law, which allows me to be the choice to serve as a Circuit Court Judge. As you can see by viewing my biographical information, I have served in both the public and private sectors over my 28 years of practice.

In DuPage County, there are currently 46 judges on the bench. Of those 46, only 11 are women. It was not until 2018 that we had our first Democrat elected as a Circuit Court Judge. If elected, I will be the first female attorney elected directly to serve as a Circuit Court Judge in the history of DuPage County. The time has come for the DuPage County Judiciary to reflect all of the citizens of DuPage County.

Thank you for your support.

Very truly yours,

Margaret M. O Connell

Margaret Peggy O'Connell
Attorney at Law

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General Election

There is only a limited time remaining to vote for Margaret Peggy O’Connell in the general election for DuPage County Circuit Court Judge. The final date to support Attorney O’Connell is 11-03-2020


About Margaret Peggy O’Connell

Peggy O'Connell

Peggy has worked at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for six years, and she served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Peggy has practiced extensively in the federal courts and had the opportunity to argue cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Appellate Courts, and the Illinois Supreme Court. Her experience extends outside of the borders of Illinois, as she has co-authored a brief in the United States Supreme Court. She was appointed as the Illinois Attorney General’s delegate for the Committee on Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and Persons with Disability.

Why is She Running

Currently there are 46 Judges serving on the DuPage County bench. Of those 46, only 11 are women. The time has come for the DuPage County Judiciary to reflect all of its citizens.

Who is Margaret Peggy O’Connell?

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    Attorney with over 28 years of experience in both public and private sectors.

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    Highly recommended to serve as a judge by the DuPage County Bar Association.

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    60 jury cases tried to verdict, over 300 bench trials, and 64 appeals in all of the appellate courts.

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    DuPage County Association of Women Lawyers' Inspirational Woman.

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    4 times ProBono Service Award from DuPage Legal Aid.

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    Co-authored a brief in the United States Supreme Court.


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    You'll be a great circuit court judge!

    - Billy Krause

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    So happy to support you!

    - Liz Galgano Chaplin

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    You my friend will make an excellent Judge!!!

    - Sheilagh Kelly Lien

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Community Involvement

community involvementMargaret Peggy O’Connell has utilized her legal knowledge and experience to serve the community and its members. She has upheld numerous positions within the DuPage County Bar Association, including serving on the Appellate and E-Filing committees, a mentor for the mentoring program, and educating new lawyers through seminars.

Peggy also uses her professional background to advocate for children’s wellbeing. She served as the president of the Friends of the DuPage County Children’s Center and was the chairwoman of Positive Parenting DuPage.


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