|Thomas R. Chiola|
|Judge of the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County|
|Succeeded by||Celia G. Gamrath|
|Born||March 1952 (age 62)|
|Alma mater||Illinois State University (B.S.)
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D.)
Thomas R. Chiola (born March 18, 1952) served as a judge of the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County from 1994 to 2009. He was the first openly gay person elected to any federal, state, county or municipal office in Illinois.
Early life and education
Chiola grew up in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Springfield's Griffin High School (now Sacred Heart-Griffin High School) in 1970. Chiola then received a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1977.
- Byron Flitsch, History-making gay judge set to retire, Windy City Times (January 6, 2010).
- Neal Pollack, In and Out, Chicago Reader (August 18, 1994).
- Thomas R. Chiola - Lawyer Profile, Martindale.
- Steve Schmadeke, Gay, lesbian judges in Cook County note their progress, Chicago Tribune (December 6, 2009).
- Joan Biskupic, Amid debate over rights, number of gay judges rising, USA Today (October 17, 2006).