This announcement from the Cook County Circuit Court Website:
Chief Judge Evans announces new election commissioner
William J. Kresse will join the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, under an appointment approved today by a majority of Circuit Judges of Cook County.
Chief Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans submitted Kresse as the nominee to the judges for the Republican position after interviewing eight qualified applicants.
“This crop of candidates presented an excellent challenge: All of them exhibited the talent and temperament needed to perform the job,” Chief Judge Evans said. “Ultimately, I selected Mr. Kresse because he can hit the ground running in this new role. He possesses a depth of experience with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, a sharp legal mind, and a passion for fairness and accuracy in our election process.”
Kresse will fill the open Republican seat on the three-member board that resulted due to the death of former Commissioner Richard A. Cowen. Kresse is an attorney and professor at Governors State University. He is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner.
He has served as an election central attorney for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners since 1992 and as a hearing officer for the board since 2010. He has also served as a hearing officer for the Cook County Officers Electoral Board since 2012.
Kresse is also a member of the bar of the following courts: U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 7thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Military Appeals; Illinois Supreme Court; and District of Columbia Court of Appeals. His law experience also includes working at Gleason, McGuire & Shreffler, 1991-1992; Ross & Hardies, 1990; law clerk to U.S. District Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, 1987-1990; and Hinshaw & Culbertson, 1985-1987.
“I want to thank Judge Evans not just for selecting me, but for opening up this process the way he has, which I think is a great advancement in selecting a true, independent, fair Board of Elections for the City of Chicago,” Kresse said. “I am committed to seeing that the people of the City of Chicago have a fair, free and open election process, and I will use all of my experience, education and training to see to it that the people get exactly that. Because as citizens of Chicago, they deserve no less.”
The other seven qualified applicants were:
· Thomas M. Battista, attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas M. Battista
· Joseph A. Morris, attorney at Morris & De La Rosa
· Lynne R. Ostfeld, attorney at Lynne R. Ostfeld P.C.
· Lee Roupas, DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney
· Mary Jo Strusz, attorney and City of Chicago Administrative Law Officer
· A. Christine Svenson, attorney at Svenson Law Offices
· Lori S. Yokoyama, attorney at Yokoyama & Associates
The full announcement is posted on the Court's website.