Judge Chris Stride of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County, IL announces his candidacy for a 6-year term on the court. He’s running for the seat he currently holds.

The Illinois Supreme Court picked Stride to fill a vacancy in 2016. The judgeship is one of two countywide seats up for election.

Judge Stride is respected for his commitment to fairness and has a long and impressive legal career.

Stride started as a lawyer in Chicago in 1991 moving on to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1992. There he served twice (1992-1997, 2001-2005), holding the position of Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Division.
The judge briefly had a solo practice. He also worked for a firm in Gurnee as a Civil Associate and Chief Municipal Prosecutor for several Lake County municipalities.
Stride stepped onto the bench in 2005 when appointed Associate Circuit Court Judge in the traffic/misdemeanor division.  His appointment to the 19th Judicial Circuit followed 11 years later.
For the past ten years, Judge Stride has sat in the Felony Trial Division. He’s also presided over Drug Court (seven years), Mental Health Court (five years), and Veteran’s Treatment Assistance Court (three years). The judge also handles criminal cases involving competency to stand trial, as well as Sexually Violent and Sexually Dangerous Person cases.
He belongs to the Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Lake County Bar Association and won the prestigious Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice Award in 1997. It recognizes successful prosecution of cases involving child sexual abuse.
Judge Stride and his wife Julie have three children.