John Mulroe's biography, in his own words:
I am asking the voters of the 10th Judicial Sub-Circuit to select me as their next judge because I possess the professional background, life experience, and compassion that are required to successfully work on the judiciary. I'll share with you the course my life has taken thus far and how I've been able to acquire and develop those qualities.
I grew up in a two-bedroom apartment on the west side of Chicago. My father, who was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States with his family, was a laborer for People’s Gas for 37 years. My mom, a first-generation immigrant, worked tirelessly as the mother of five sons. My parents sacrificed everything for their children, so that we might have the benefit of quality education. To do my part, I started working at age 13 as a janitorial assistant at St. Patrick High School, and my earnings went to my parents to help pay for my education and support our family. I haven’t stopped working since.
I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in business administration. I began my career as a certified public accountant, working in the small business division for Arthur Andersen & Co. In that role, I specialized in audit and tax matters for both individuals and corporations. While working at Arthur Andersen, I attended law school at night and obtained my law degree from Loyola University in 1988. I began my legal career as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. There, I represented the People of the State of Illinois and prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases. I also argued numerous cases in the Appellate Court of Illinois. In 1995, I opened my own law practice. For the past 24 years, I have represented people in a wide variety of cases including civil, criminal, probate, adoption, and real estate.
My diverse professional background has allowed me to develop an innate ability to listen to and speak effectively on behalf of both individuals and groups. Community involvement has always been a touchstone in my life. I have served as president of the Edison Park Community Council; member of the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce; director of the St. Angela Education Foundation; and have also coached numerous youth athletic teams in my community. While president of the St. Juliana School Board, I directed its finance committee in preparing school budgets.
In 2010 I ran for and won election to the Illinois Senate’s 10th district. I have represented the people of the 10th district for the last 9 years in Springfield. I spent my time in Springfield focusing on bringing a measured level approach to government, and am proud of the work I accomplished. Some of the highlights of my work include: mandating hands free driving, mandating that schools have CPR and defibrillator training, and that every police station have a defibrillator in their station, expanding the Veterans home, and mandating insurance coverage for women’s breast cancer examinations.
My wife, Margaret, and I have been married for 35 years and have four children. I believe that my legal and accounting background, community involvement, time in the state senate and life experience make me an excellent candidate for judge. I am very proud of the findings of the Chicago Bar Association, which found in evaluating my credentials for the judiciary that “Mulroe is a dedicated public servant and is well regarded by his peers for his knowledge of the law, legal experience, integrity and fine temperament”