Thomas R. Allen

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Thomas R. Allen (born 1965) is a judge within the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County. He was sworn in on December 6, 2010.[1] Prior to his judgeship, he was Alderman of the 38th Ward of Chicago, serving since 1993.

Early life[edit]

Allen graduated from Illinois Benedictine College and Kent College of Law. After graduation, he worked as a criminal defense attorney for 17 years.

Public service[edit]

Allen served as an administrative and legislative assistant to Alderman Thomas Cullerton before succeeding him.

Currently, Allen is active in several community organizations: the Portage Park Advisory Board, the Irving Park YMCA, the Sunshine Activity Center for Mentally Handicapped, and the Polish American Police Association.

Aldermanic career[edit]

Allen was appointed Alderman in 1993 by Mayor Richard M. Daley to complete the term of Thomas Cullerton, who died in office after a long illness.[2] Allen was elected to a full term in 1995, and re-elected in 1999, 2003, and 2007.

As Alderman, Allen was concerned about illegally converted rooming houses. To combat this, Allen created a task force to identify, investigate, and close illegal rooming houses.

Allen was chairman of the Transportation and Public Way Committee. He also served on seven other committees: Aviation; Budget and Government Operations; Buildings; Committees, Rules and Ethics; Economic, Capital and Technology Development; Finance; and Zoning.

In 2008 Allen was found to be one of seven Chicago aldermen who between them got ten of their children good-paying summer jobs with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.[3]

In 2010 Allen cosponsored an ordinance with 30th Ward Alderman Ariel Reboyras that designated a stretch of Central Avenue in the vicinity of its intersection with Belmont Avenue as "Honorary Lech Kaczynski Way" to honor the deceased Polish President.[4]


  1. ^ Dardick, Hal (2010-11-29). "Daley taking applications for alderman". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  2. ^ Kass, John (1993-03-09). "38th Ward still all in the family Cullerton in-law, daughter take over the key positions". Chicago Tribune. p. 3. 
  3. ^ Ospina, Viviana (2008-07-14). "Clout Kids". Fox News Chicago. Retrieved 2009-02-21.  External link in |work= (help)
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