Thomas Chiola

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Thomas R. Chiola
Judge of the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County
In office
1994–2009
Succeeded by Celia G. Gamrath
Personal details
Born March 1952 (age 62)
Domestic partner Drew Jemilo
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 as a judge in Illinois.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Chiola grew up in Springfield, Illinois.[2] 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.[3]

Judicial service[edit]

In 1994, Chiola was elected to the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County.[4][5] Chiola was the first openly gay judge in Cook County.[4][5]

Personal[edit]

Chiola resides in the Andersonville neighborhood of the Edgewater, Chicago community area with his long-time partner, Drew Jemilo.

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