Law Career

Smith has been an attorney for more than 40 years. His area of concentration was government law, police/fire pensions, personal injury, civil and criminal litigation.

Judicial Appointment

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed him in January 2016 to fill the Circuit Court judgeship on the 19th Judicial Circuit, 1st Judicial Sub Circuit. The district includes most of Waukegan and Wadsworth, half of Zion and all of Beach Park. The Honorable George Bridges left that seat upon his retirement. Judge Smith is in the Family Division.

Case of Note

Just prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Smith successfully argued a case involving police officer disability pension language in front of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Faith and Family

Judge Smith and his wife Michele, raised their family in Waukegan and still live in the same house. Chuck Smith is an active member of Saint Anastasia Parish.  He proudly displays his Irish heritage, as indicated by the shamrock!

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Paid for by the Committee to Elect Charles “Chuck” Smith Judge. A copy of our report will be filed with the State Board of Elections and available from the Board’s website or for purchase from the State Board of Elections in Springfield, Illinois.

Judge Smith Ranked Among Best in Illinois

The 2018 Judicial Ratings have been released, and citizens of Lake County, take comfort in knowing that all four judges currently campaigning for election are ranked among the best.  Lawyers are polled annually on a number of areas to "judge the judges." Here is how...
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Early and strong start to 2018 campaign

Michele and I have so many to thank for showing their support for this election campaign. It is a blessing to know that so many friends, neighbors and colleagues who know us are willing to acknowledge their support to help citizens understand the importance of their...
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Judge Smith Fulfills Promise to Campaign for Election

Fulfilling a promise when appointed as Judge, 19th Judicial Circuit in 2016, Judge Charles “Chuck” Smith announces his candidacy for that seat in the primary election March 20, 2018. Judge Smith is an experienced jurist serving both as a prosecutor in the Lake County...
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