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.