Pictured in photo, standing, are Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste and his wife of 35 years, Lenore Jean-Baptiste, during a training session of supporters at Boocoo Café.

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Last month, Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste kicked off his campaign for Circuit Court Judge of Cook County’s 9th Judicial Subcircuit. On Sept. 7, approximately 50 of his supporters met at Boocoo Café, 1823 Church, and received training on how to properly collect signatures to place him on the ballot.

Judge Jean-Baptiste was appointed as a judge to the 9th judicial subcircuit by the Illinois Supreme Court in March 2011 to fill the remaining term of a vacancy. He is now seeking to retain that judgeship in the March 20, 2012 election. He previously practiced law for more than 20 years, and was an alderman on the Evanston City Council for 10 years. He is a graduate of Evanston Township High School, Princeton University and Chicago-Kent Law School.

Judge Jean-Baptiste is the founder and past chairman of the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti and has coordinated efforts to bring relief to the victims of the devastating earthquake there. As an alderman, he served on many committees and initiated programs to help young adults stay away from crime and succeed in life. He served on the Restorative Justice Committee to help implement conflict resolution strategies and reduce violence.

Judge Jean-Baptiste has been found qualified or recommended by all bar associations that rate judicial candidates in Cook County, and highly qualified by the Cook County Bar Association.