we need more people like
jim gleffe on the bench

jim gleffe for judge

Jim Has the Perspective We Need on the Bench

Jim Gleffe's personal, professional and political experience have shaped his perspective and that makes him an excellent candidate for judge. He was raised in a working class, union family on the southwest side of Chicago.

His dad worked for a trucking company and his mom was a member of SEIU Local 73 as a crossing guard for the City of Chicago. Jim's family did not have a lot, but they sacrificed to ensure that there was always food on the table and he was able to get an education that allowed him to succeed. Jim was the first person in his family to graduate college, and he went on to get his law degree from DePaul University College of Law. Jim has the perspective we need on the bench.

meet jim

If there is one constant in Jim Gleffe’s life, from his earliest years through today, it has been the calling he has felt to be of service to others as a way to pay back the kindness and generosity that so many people showed to him when he was growing up.

Inspired by his own life experiences, adult mentors, and the examples set by family members, especially his beloved Uncle Charlie who regularly gifted Jim and his twin sister with books about a wide range of subjects to foster their curiosity about the world, Jim’s entire professional career has been rooted in public service.

Our team

  • Michael Kasper, Campaign Chair
  • Kristen Bauer, Campaign Manager
  • Ald. Marty Quinn, Consulting
  • Tulchin Research, Polling
  • MadDog Mail, Mail Team
  • Pinecone Tech, Digital Advertising
  • ef Design Group, Union Printing
  • Nelson Wurth Consulting, Compliance
  • Michael Weir, Messaging Management
  • Frank Calabrese, Consulting
  • Ryan Keith, Media Relations


Endorsement Announcements beginning early October!


Our Endorsements

Jim Gleffe for Subcircuit 15 Judge is Endorsed by:

Organized Labor


Elected Officials

  • IL Secretary of State Jesse White
  • Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney
  • Tinley Park Mayor Michael Glotz
  • State Rep. and Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones
  • State Rep. and Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke
  • State Rep. Marcus Evans
  • State Rep. Will Davis
  • State Rep. and Calumet Township Democratic Committeeman Bob Rita
  • State Rep. Justin Slaughter
  • Alderman Pat Dowell
  • Palos Township Democratic Committeeman Robert E. Maloney
  • Bremen Township Supervisor Kathryn Straniero
Find out how

jim helped turn the state blue

  • Engaged in “Get out the vote” efforts on behalf of Democratic Candidates.
  • Pro-bono representation of candidates/objectors during the petition challenge process.
  • Checked petitions signatures on behalf of Democratic Candidates.
  • Circulated petitions and/or canvassed door to door for Democratic Candidates throughout the State of Illinois. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • State Rep. Janet Yang Rohr
  • State Rep. Suzanne Ness
  • Candidate Michelle Darbro
  • Candidate Harry Benton
  • State Rep. Diane Pappas
  • Stickney Township Supervisor Lou Viverito
  • Candidate Martha Paschke
  • State Rep. Terra Costa Howard
  • State Rep. Maura Hirschauer
  • State Rep. Mary Edly-Allen
  • State Rep. Joyce Mason
  • State Rep. Sam Yingling
  • State Rep. Lisa Dugan
  • State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
  • State Rep. Daniel Didech
  • State Rep. Lance Yednock
  • State Sen. Karina Villa
  • Illinois Legislative Joint Black Caucus Chair Sonya Harper
  • State Rep. Justin Slaughter
  • State Rep. Sue Scherer
  • State Rep. Emily McAsey
  • State Rep. Fred Crespo
  • Illinois House Democratic Women’s Caucus Whip Deb Conroy
  • State Rep. Mark Walker
  • House Assistant Majority Leader Jaime Andrade
  • State Central Committeewoman & Alderman Silvana Tabares
  • State Rep. Marty Moylan
  • State Rep. Michelle Mussman
  • State Rep. LaShawn Ford
  • State Rep. Art Turner, Jr.
  • State Rep. Toni Berrios
  • State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit
  • Speaker Michael Madigan
  • State Rep. Kate Cloonen
  • State Rep. Andy Skoog
  • State Rep. Jack McGuire
  • State Rep. Careen Gordon
  • State Rep. Carol Sente
  • 19th Ward Alderman Ginger Rugai
  • State Comptroller Susana Mendoza
  • Secretary of State Jesse White
  • Attorney General Kwame Raoul
  • State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
  • Appellate Court Judge David Ellis
  • Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough
  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
  • Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya
  • Cook County Commissioner John Daley
  • Board of Review Commissioner Michael Carbonargi
  • Several Commissioners of the MWRD
Find out how


Join Our Team

Want to get involved? There are many different ways you can help Jim for Judge. One of the easiest and best ways to help that costs you nothing is to sign postcards that we will mail to your friends, family and neighbors. This helps us spread the word about what a great guy Jim is and that he will make a fair and honest judge. Are you willing to help with:

  • Friend to friend post cards (we pay the postage!)
  • Display a yard sign
  • Walk door to door to talk with voters for Jim
  • Make phone calls on Jim’s behalf
  • Stuff envelopes
  • Circulate petitions so Jim can get on the ballot
  • Host a coffee meet and greet
  • Work on Election Day
  • Make a monetary donation
Volunteer with Team Jim for Judge!

Jim around town

Past Events

Your contributions are very much appreciated!

We are so proud of our grassroots organization and have focused on small individual contributions to pay for things like mail, printing and supplies. Please contribute at whatever level you are able to help us get the word out about Jim.

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Jim Gleffe for Judge,
22 Sunnyslope Rd.,
Palos Park, IL 60464