Cook County Democrats Slate Lou Apostol for Judge

Greek American attorney Lou Apostol has been unanimously endorsed to run for a vacant seat on the 12th Judicial Subcircuit in Cook County.

Party Endorsement for Lou Apostol

In late December, the Cook County Democratic Party central slating committee met and unanimously endorsed Lou Apostol to run as the party-endorsed candidate for the Joseph G. Kazmierski vacancy in the 12th Judicial Subcircuit in Cook County.  The 12th subcircuit encompasses the villages of Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette, Wheeling, Elk Grove, and the Cook portion of Buffalo Grove, in Illinois.

Greek American attorney Lou Apostol has had a most distinguished career.
Greek American attorney Lou Apostol has had a most distinguished career.


Meet Lou Apostol

Louis G. Apostol has had a long and distinguished career in law and government service and has been highly-active in Greek American charitable and civic causes. He received a 100-percent “Qualified/Recommended” judicial evaluation from all bar associations and was a unanimous selection of all five of the Democrat Township committeemen on the Democratic slating committee.

For the past several years, he’s served as Executive Director, General Counsel and legislative liaison for the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, where he manages and adjudicates all residential, commercial, industrial and farm property tax appeals in Illinois. He’s been a practicing lawyer in Illinois for 35 years and was partner in several large law firms in Chicago specializing in civil and criminal litigation, corporate, tax, finance, banking, and government law. He’s also a certified executive, having served as general counsel and CFO to multiple corporations.

From 2003-2008, Lou served as a Commissioner/Trial Judge on the Illinois Court of Claims, hearing complaints against the State of Illinois. He also served as Public Administrator of Cook County (1991-2003), appointed by the governor, where he managed the litigation and administration of more than 2,500 cases. He also served as a special counsel for the City of Chicago and is a member of Chicago Sister Cities International as an appointee of the mayor (1992-present). His experience as a litigator includes having chaired the Attorney’s Advisory Committee for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

He is very active in the Greek community. Lou is a member of Leadership 100, and is the former President and current Vice President and longtime board member of the Hellenic Foundation in Chicago. In 2013, he was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” of the United Hellenic Voters of America, and in 2012 he received the UHVA’s “Community Service Award” and was voted to the National Supreme Board. He was named “Hellene of the Year” by the Hellenic Bar Association in 1997.

Lou received his BA from Elmhurst College, MBA from NIU College of Business, and JD from NIU’s College of Law. He formerly served NIU as vice chair for the Board of Visitors and was elected chair in 2014. He’s admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Court for Military Appeals, and U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.

His active bar memberships include the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Hellenic Bar Association, and Chicago Council of Lawyers (having served as chair, vice chair and legislative liaison to various committees). In 1998, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the NIU College of Law. In 2003, he received the Community Service Award from the Association Forum of Chicago. In 2004 and 2005, Apostol was featured on the “Best Lawyers in America” Sky Radio program. He has received multiple endorsements for his judicial election.

Election Day

The elections take place March 15, 2016.

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