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Vincent Cornelius Running for Will County Circuit Court Judge

Thursday, January 18, 2018  
Posted by: Robert Rupp
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Joliet Attorney Vincent F. Cornelius is pleased to announce his candidacy for the position of circuit judge for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Will County, Illinois. He is running for the Democratic nomination in the March 20 primary.“I have had the honor of serving the legal profession and the community at large in many significant areas,” Cornelius said. “My combination of courtroom experience and leadership service have prepared me well to serve Will County as its next Circuit Court Judge.”


Vincent Cornelius is the founder and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius in Joliet and Wheaton. He has tried hundreds of cases during his 28-year career, as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and civil litigator. He has been selected to Super Lawyers from 2015 to 2018 and was named to the 2018 edition of the “Best Lawyers in America.” Cornelius has dedicated himself to service and leadership in his career, church, family, community and the schools he has attended. He has given keynote speeches to numerous organizations, including to the Illinois Supreme Court at its judicial conference.  Cornelius is the immediate past president of the Illinois State Bar Association, being both the first African American and first Will County attorney to hold the position. He has also served on Governor’s Commissions, Supreme Court Commissions, legislation committees and university boards. 


Cornelius received his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet and his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University. He remains active with both schools and has received their outstanding alumni awards. He is a proud alum of Joliet Catholic Academy and he received the school’s 2017 Career Achievement Award.

Cornelius is a native of Joliet and resident of Will County for nearly 40 years, including the last 13 years in Naperville. He and his wife, Zina, have been married for 26 years and are the parents of two college students.


About Vincent F. Cornelius:

Vincent F. Cornelius is a Joliet attorney seeking the Democratic nomination as a candidate for circuit judge in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Will County, Illinois. He has practiced law for 28 years as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and civil litigator through the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius. Cornelius recently completed his term as president of the Illinois State Bar Association. As a long-time Will County resident, he prides himself on being a leader in his profession and community.

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