Dear friends,

We did it!

With nearly all city and county precincts reporting, we have won over 45% percent of the vote in this three-way race. We have more than a 48,000-vote lead over our nearest competitor—that’s greater than 12% of the total votes cast in the race. 

I want to commend my friends Judge Devlin Schoop and Judge John Ehrlich on the campaigns that they waged. They and their supporters can be proud of their efforts.

Thank you for your support. With the low turnout, all your good work to encourage family and friends to vote was crucial. 

There have been so many people who have contributed to this win; I am profoundly grateful. The only way that I can repay the trust and confidence that you have placed in me is continue to try to be a good judge—and I promise to do that. 

Thank you again.

P.S.: Beth Ryan, my fantastic running mate, won her race for the circuit court as well!


A loyal volunteer and political animal!

A loyal volunteer and political animal!

Judge Raymond W. Mitchell


Ray Mitchell has served as a trial judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County for over thirteen years. Currently, Ray sits in the Chancery Division, and before that, he sat in the Law Division. During his tenure on the bench, Ray has conducted innumerable bench and jury trials, hundreds of settlement conferences and hearings. In addition, Ray has written extensively including over 1,000 judicial opinions, and he has published several articles related to appeals.

In private practice, Ray was a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP where he specialized in appeals. He represented clients in a broad range of cases in state and federal reviewing courts across the country. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits. Ray has argued appeals in the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court, and the United States Court of Appeals. Ray has also taught appellate advocacy at the Northwestern Law School.

Even at the beginning of his career, Ray was drawn to appellate work. Ray served as a law clerk to Judge James L. Ryan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and later served as a law clerk to Justice James D. Heiple on the Illinois Supreme Court.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Ray grew up in the Beverly-Morgan Park neighborhood on the southside and graduated from Brother Rice High School. For the last twenty-five years, he has lived in the Streeterville neighborhood on Chicago’s north lakefront.

Paid for by Elect Judge Mitchell. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.