Peter Karahalios is Newest Judge on Illinois Claims Court

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner appoints local attorney and active community member as the newest judge on the Illinois Court of Claims.

Meet Peter Karahalios

Born and raised in Oak Park, IL, Peter G. Karahalios is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He earned his BA in 1973, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree at Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law. He graduated in 1976 and earned his law license the same year.


Peter is very active in the community, and serves many philanthropic and civic organizations. He serves on the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation advisory board; is a charter member of the Hippocratic Research Foundation; has served the Greek American Rehabilitations and Care Centre as pro bono counsel since 2003, and currently serves as its president.


The attorney is a member of many Hellenic organizations, including the Hellenic Bar Association, Hellenic American Leadership Council, AHEPA, and others. He attends Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.




Practicing Law

Peter has practiced law for nearly 40 years, in both the private and public sectors. Currently, he is a partner in private practice with his sister, Vasiliki A. Karahalios.


He began his legal career as an Enforcement Attorney for the Securities and Corporations Department of the Secretary of State of Illinois, where he prosecuted civil and criminal violations of state law as a Special Assistant Attorney General. He is Chief Legal Counsel, Sworn Deputy Treasurer, and former Chief of Staff for the office of Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer.  He oversees the compliance of state statutes and county ordinances on real estate tax collection and coordinates litigation with the Cook County State’s Attorney and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has held this position since 2007. He’d previously served the Treasurer’s Office from 1998-2003.


He is admitted to the Supreme Court of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the U.S. Claims Court.


Business Licenses

Peter is also a Securities Broker/Registered Representative Series 7 and 63, a licensed real estate broker, holds an insurance broker/insurance producer licensed, and is a registered title insurance agent for Chicago Title Insurance.


Appointed by the Governor

Last month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced Peter’s appointment as Judge – Illinois Court of Claims, which became effective on November 9. This court serves any citizen with a claim of money damages or personal injury against a state agency or employee. It awards compensation to victims of violent crimes; to dependents of police officers, firefighters and National Guard members killed in the line of duty; and more.


The Governor, with the advice and consent of the State Senate, appoints the seven judges of the Illinois Court of Claims. The judges serve six-year terms. One judge is designated by the Governor to serve as chief justice. The full court meets monthly, alternating between the Chicago and Springfield courthouses, to conduct the business of the court.


“Being elevated to the Bench has been the actualization of my 39-year career as a practicing attorney in both the public and private sectors. It is my hope that, in some small way, I shall be able to apply my lifetime of legal knowledge and experience for the betterment of the administration of justice in Illinois.”


Read more:

Governor announces appointments

Illinois Court of Claims

Governor’s appointment message to Illinois General Assembly

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