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Prior Endorsement

"13th subcircuit (Fecarotta Jr. vacancy): Judge Ketki "Kay" Steffen, of South Barrington, has twice been appointed to a circuit court vacancy by the Illinois Supreme Court. In between, she was an administrative law judge for the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. Her resume also includes 19 years in the Cook County state's attorney's office. Steffen is endorsed over Kevin Michael O'Donnell, a longtime civil attorney from Arlington Heights." Chicago Tribune

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Kay Steffen is currently an Arbitrator for the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to that, she was a Cook County Circuit Court Judge pursuant to her Supreme Court appointment on November 12, 2015, and sat in the 3rd Municipal District, Rolling Meadows until December, 2016. Prior to that, she was an Arbitrator for the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission from September 2013 through November 2015. Kay Steffen also previously served as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge where she sat in the Domestic Violence Courtrooms in Chicago and Rolling Meadows from January of 2010 through December of 2012. Prior to serving on the bench, Kay Steffen served as an Assistant State's Attorney at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse for eighteen years. As a prosecutor, she specialized in prosecuting violent crimes and helping keep our communities safe. She was recognized for her outstanding work in Domestic Violence and is the proud recipient of the 'Partners in Peace Award' and the 'Building Bridges Award'. Ms. Steffen was instrumental in the proposal and passage of the 'Cynthia Bischof GPS Legislation' that allows judges to place tracking bracelets on repeat offenders. As a prosecutor, Kay Steffen was an authority on International Extraditions and specialized in bringing to justice the most violent offenders who try to escape our justice system and hide in foreign countries after committing their crimes. Her outstanding work in this area has resulted in bringing back to justice several murderers and child molesters who were subsequently prosecuted and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. Her philosophy as a prosecutor was that no one is above the law and that the safety and security of the community is vital to its well-being.

 All Bar Associations have also evaluated her work and found Judge Steffen to be highly qualified or qualified and recommended or highly recommended to continue to serve on the bench.

Ms. Steffen attributes her success in life to hard work and sacrifice. She started her career working at McDonalds while attending Maine East High School in Park Ridge. She subsequently attended college at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and went on to The John Marshall Law School on a Dean's Scholarship. 

Ketki and Robert Steffen have been happily married for twenty-two years and they are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Nicole (19), Alyssa (17), and Tristan (12). Their family lives in the Barrington area.