Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Travis Richardson website goes live, July 13 fundraiser set

A campaign website has been established for Judge Travis Richardson. That's a link to the campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the blog Sidebar.

Unlike many campaign websites at this early stage of the campaign, Richardson's makes clear that he is not just running in the 2nd Subcircuit, he is running for the Turner vacancy, the vacancy to which the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him earlier this year. Prior to his appointment, Richardson was a partner in the firm of Richardson & Mackoff (his partner, Myron F. Mackoff, left the firm a few months earlier to take up duties as a Circuit Court judge from the 8th Subcircuit). Richardson was a candidate for a 2nd Subcircuit vacancy in the 2016 Primary, garnering the Tribune's endorsement and a "Well Qualified" rating from the Chicago Council of Lawyers in the course of his campaign.

Richardson's campaign bio notes that, before his ascension to the bench, he "acted as general counsel for Wireless Wearables, Inc., Xi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and ONYX Architectural Services, Inc." Richardson has served as the Financial Secretary for the Cook County Bar Association and on the Elections Committee of the National Bar Association. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School, Richardson has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1997.

Richardson's supporters have scheduled a July 13 fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, July 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, 35 E. Wacker. Tickets are priced at $100 each and will be available at the door. Sponsorships are also available ($250 - Friend, $500 - Host, $1,000 - Co-Chair).

The listed honorary chairs for the event are Ald. Carrie Austin, Vice-Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party; Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois; MWRD Commissioner Tim Bradford, Vice-Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party; Ald. Howard Brookins, Jr.; Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers; and Winston & Strawn partner Sam Mendenhall. For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email or call (312) 798-9376.

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