Judicial Experience

Traffic & Bench Court
Misdemeanor & DUI:
Felony Trial Judge
Drug Court
Mental Health Court
Veterans Treatment & Assistance Court


Cases of Note

  • 2011 presided over trial of  Marni Yang accused of killing girlfriend and unborn child of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle.
  • 2007 presided over underage drinking case that inspired in part an Illinois law that increases penalties for adults who knowingly allow underage drinking.  (Hutsell case)

Judge Stride has 10 years of judicial experience in Lake County.

Judge Chris Stride has had a long and impressive legal career. He began as an attorney in Chicago in 1991 and served two stints in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor, (1992-1997, 2001-2005). In the prosecutor’s office, he held the position of Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Division. Judge Stride briefly had a solo practice. He also worked for a firm in Gurnee as a Civil Associate and Chief Municipal Prosecutor for the Village of Wauconda, the Village of Green Oaks, the Village of Round Lake Heights and the City of Park City.


  • In 2005 Stride achieved his first judgeship when appointed as an Associate Circuit Court Judge where he served in the traffic/misdemeanor division.
  • The Illinois Supreme Court tapped Stride as Circuit Judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit of Lake County in 2016 to fill the position vacated by the retirement of the Honorable John T. Phillips. Stride’s appointment runs through December 2018. He will run in the March 2018 primary for a 6-year term as Circuit Judge. The judgeship is one of two countywide seats up for election.
  • Stride has sat in the felony trial division for the last ten years. In addition to hearing felony cases, he has presided over Drug Court (for seven years), Mental Health Court (for five years), and Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court (for three years). Stride also handles all criminal cases wherein competency to stand trial is at issue as well as all Sexually Violent and Sexually Dangerous Person cases.
Judge Stride presided over several high-profile cases including the 2011 murder trial of Marni Yang convicted of killing Rhoni Reuter, a girlfriend of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle. In 2007, he also presided over the Hutsell case involving parents who allowed under-aged drinking at a teen party in their home. The case led in part to an Illinois law increasing penalties for adults who knowingly allow under-aged drinking.
He is a member of the Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Lake County Bar Association.  Judge Stride received the Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice Award in 1997, which recognizes successful prosecution of cases involving child sexual abuse.
Stride has been a resident of Lake County since the age of 6. He and his wife Julie have three children.

Judge Stride: In His Own Words…