Slide Illinois Judicial Council Enhancing the image of the judiciary and improving the quality of life in the community through educational enlightenment as to the manner in which the legal process serves the community.

Our History

History of the IJC

On January 13, 1982, a small group of African-American judges met in Chicago, at the Community Insurance Company, to discuss problems common to black judges. This meeting, called by Judge Charles J. Durham, led to the formation of the Illinois Judicial Council.

Current Officers

  • Hon. Bonita Coleman
  • Hon. Steven G. Watkins
    Vice President
  • Hon. Yvonne Coleman
    Hon. Yvonne Coleman
  • Hon. Allen P. Walker
    Assistant Secretary
  • Hon. Kevin T. Lee
  • Hon. Kimberly D. Lewis
    Assistant Treasurer
  • Hon. Tiana S. Blakely
  • Hon. Carl B Boyd
    Hon. Carl B Boyd
  • Hon. John A. Fairman
    Hon. John A. Fairman
  • Hon. Freddrenna M. Lyle
  • Hon. Thaddeus L. Wilson
    Ex Officio
Illinois Judicial Council
Our Mission

The mission of the Illinois Judicial Council is to enhance the image of the judiciary by serving as a collective voice in strong support of its members and encouraging judicial participation in the Cook County Bar Association…

Latest Events

Legal Info and Resources Event 2021

Legal Information & Resources Program

12:00 pm - 2:00 pmChrist Universal Temple

2021 President’s Reception with Bench & Bar

5:00 pm - 7:00 pmWild Blossom: Meadery & Winery

Judicial Fitness Hour Gym Orientation

2:00 pm - 3:00 pmPhenomenal Fitness