Meet Our Democratic Judicial Candidates
By Chris Johnson
Democrats Jeff Jacobson and Linda Davenport will both appear on DuPage County ballots in November as judicial candidates, running to fill two different vacancies for Circuit Court judge. That’s right, you can vote for both of these highly qualified Democrats! Jeff is already well known to many DGTDO members, and Judge Linda is getting there fast. Let’s learn a little more about them.
Jeff Jacobson has been an attorney for more than 25 years, since graduating from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1991. His practice covers diverse areas of law including real estate, employment, eviction, family law and immigration. Both his work and his volunteer activities reflect his belief in fighting for people who do not have the ability to protect themselves. His office provided legal advice at no cost for people seeking to enter the country after President Trump tried to ban immigrants on the basis of religion. He volunteers with the DuPage County Bar Help Desk, which gives free legal advice to people involved in Family Court matters, and also has volunteered frequently at Pro Se Night Court, assisting the court in drafting orders for those without an attorney.
Jeff also volunteers his time to help Democratic candidates who need help with the legal system. Most recently, he helped Daniel Hebreard withstand several rounds of challenges to his petitions to run for President of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
His professional experience includes working as an Administrative Law Judge for the Appeals Division of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. During that period, from 2002 through 2007, he decided thousands of cases involving unemployment benefits.
The DuPage County Bar Association rated Jeff Highly Recommended as a candidate for judge.
Linda Davenport had been an attorney in private practice for 27 years when, in 2006, she was appointed before she was appointed an Associate Judge in the domestic relations division of the 18th Judicial Circuit (DuPage County). She has served in that position for more than 11 years, and now seeks election to fill a seat vacated by retiring Judge Kathryn Creswell.
Linda graduated from Lyons Township High school and the University of Colorado before receiving her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1978. In 1980, two years out of law school, she co-founded a free legal advice clinic at the Lombard YWCA. She continues to demonstrate a commitment to service every Sunday night, as site coordinator at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn for services provided to the homeless by DuPage Pads (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). She also served on the Wheaton City Council from 1993 to 2000.
Among the “firsts” in her career, Linda is the first sitting judge in DuPage County to run for office as a Democrat, and she was the first woman to be elected president of the DuPage County Bar Association in its then-117-year history.
As an elected judge, Linda will have input into the selection of appointed judges, a position that she hopes will help her promote diversity in DuPage County courtrooms.
The DuPage County Bar Association rated Linda Highly Recommended as a judicial candidate. She has been endorsed by Congressmen Bill Foster, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Mike Quigley, as well as by Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza and former Governor Pat Quinn, among others.