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Illinois Federation of Teachers endorses Judge Elizabeth Rochford for Illinois Supreme Court

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Today, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) announced their endorsement of Judge Elizabeth Rochford in the race for the Illinois Supreme Court’s Second District. Following a decisive victory in the Democratic primary, Rochford continues to build support for November’s general election campaign. She also received a general election endorsement earlier this month from Personal PAC.

“It’s an honor to receive the support of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and its hardworking educators and education professionals. My mother was a special education teacher, so this endorsement is especially meaningful to me,” said Judge Elizabeth Rochford. “Throughout my career, I’ve dedicated myself to literacy and education efforts for our young people, and I’m grateful to the Illinois Federation of Teachers for their belief in my campaign for the Illinois Supreme Court’s Second District.”

“Judge Elizabeth Rochford knows how important it is to support our educators and education professionals. She has worked throughout her distinguished career to advance literacy programs for our children, and will bring her commitment to equity and fairness to the Illinois Supreme Court,” said Daniel J. Montgomery, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. “The Illinois Federation of Teachers is proud to endorse Judge Rochford, the daughter of a special education teacher, in this race and look forward to seeing her elected in November.”

The newly redrawn second Supreme Court District encompasses DeKalb, Kendall, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. To learn more, visit

Judge Elizabeth Rochford is the Democratic candidate in the race for Illinois Supreme Court’s 2nd District. She was rated “highly recommended” by the Illinois State Bar Association in the primary campaign. She has been an Associate Judge on the 19th Circuit Court since 2012, and has built an exemplary legal and judicial career spanning more than 35 years between private practice, as a former assistant state’s attorney, and a commissioner of the Illinois Court of Claims. She has been consistently rated highly qualified by the Lake County Bar Association. She is the current Secretary of the Illinois Judges’ Association, and has served on the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Board of Governors and as its Secretary, and was the past President of the Lake County Bar Association (LCBA). Judge Rochford’s recent distinctions include the 2021 Lake County Democratic Women’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award, 2020 ISBA Carole K. Bellows Woman of Influence Award, the Lake County Women’s Association (LCWA) 2019 Woman of Significance Award, and the LCBA’s 2019 Access to Justice Award. Judge Rochford earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, Chicago.

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