Judge Daniel Patrick Brennan

Michael F. Sheahan, former Cook County Sheriff’ general counsel Daniel Patrick Brennan, who was sworn into office in 2006, gave bar groups the cold shoulder, refusing to fill out a questionnaire or sit for an interview.


Regardless, Brennan had the political backing of Sheahan and the sheriff’s office and was able to have people at almost every polling place,” attorney Scrementi said. “It’s tough to fight a political army.”

Brennan won 61 percent to 39 percent. In the Democratic primary in March, Brennan finished first in a nine-person field with 18.7 percent of the vote.

Other Sheahan’s cronies included:

Judge Patricia O’Brien Sheahan, Law Division,  (likely daughter-in-law, wife of Sheahan’s son Terrance J Sheahan,  equity partner of Freeborn &Peters who regularly appears in Law Division of Cook County Court and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial matters and business disputes including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, tortious interference, fraud, trade-secret and non-compete disputes, defamation, partnership wind-ups, insurance coverage and other multi-million dollar disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He also has experience in class action litigation and civil rights defense including cases relating to malicious prosecution, conspiracy, municipal liability and constitutional law. Before joining Freeborn, T.J. served as a Prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office,

Judge Jim Ryan, Municipal Division, a second cousin of Sheahan‘s, and an attorney for the sheriff,  also ran in the 15th Subcircuit in 2006. Ryan became enmeshed in controversy  when he took the 5th Amendment repeatedly while questioned in a civil lawsuit over the alleged beating of Cook County Jail inmates in 2000

Judge Brian Flaherty, Municipal Division (Markham) who had been a sheriff’s attorney.

Judge James McGing, Law Division (Tax and other remedies) who is also a former Sheahan campaign manager, has a mixed record on evaluations. In a losing race in 2004, McGing was evaluated–and deemed qualified–by the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and a suburban bar association. He declined to appear before other relevant groups in 2004, and those alliance groups refused to interview him this year under a policy that only lets candidates apply to be evaluated every three years