Thomas W. Murphy (Illinois judge)

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Thomas Murphy is a judge in the Cook County Circuit Court. [1] Prior to winning election to that post in 2006, he served as an alderman of the 18th ward in Chicago; he was first elected in 1991.

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Early life

Murphy was born and raised in Chicago, he went to Northern Illinois University and John Marshall Law School. He was a high school teacher and has practiced law since 1979. [2] He has a daughter, Nora.

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Political career

Murphy was first elected as alderman in 1991 [2] after a runoff election.

As alderman, Murphy led opposition to real estate property tax increases and voted against a salary increase for aldermen. He introduced an ordinance to cross-train firefighters and paramedics in order to improve public safety.

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Murphy founded the Summer Immunization Program, Youth Basketball League Sponsorship and Coaching. He has served as Vice-chairman of the Building and Budget committee; he also served on five other committees: Finance; Police and Fire; License and Consumer Protection; Rules and Ethics; and Aviation.

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  1. "Circuit Court Judges". State of Illinois. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  2. 1 2 "He has his eye on a Law Division posting" (PDF). Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  3. "Thomas W. MURPHY" (PDF). Chicago Council of Lawyers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2010.