I am sorry to pass along the news that longtime Cook County Judge Richard Elrod has passed away. Judge Elrod was a trial judge in the Law Division. Over the years, I had been assigned to Judge Elrod’s courtroom several times, either for trial or pre-trial settlement. He was always fair and impartial, and no one knew the law better than him.
Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Elrod was the Cook County Sheriff, and before that, an assistant corporation counsel. While working as a corporation counsel, he was seriously injured during the “Days of Rage” in 1969.
You can read more about him in the Chicago Tribune’s obituary here.