About Fred

Competence & Integrity; Fair & Compassionate

Judge Bates is a 30-year resident of the South side of Chicago. He is running for Circuit Court Judge because of his commitment to service. His record of service is extensive. Judge Bates has 33 years legal experience including 2 years as a Circuit Court Judge, 15 years as an Administrative Law Judge and Hearing Official, and over 15 years as a trial attorney. He has been favorably rated by all of the Bar Associations. He is a hard-working, exceedingly competent man of service, and an excellent choice for Circuit Court Judge. Fred will be fair, and show fidelity to the law.

Fred will bring competence and integrity to the bench. He graduated high school when he was 15, college at 18, and from law school magna cum laude, having served as an editor on his law review. Judge Bates has published numerous articles, and scholarly works.

He is a former Federal Judicial Law Clerk, and has been a member of the Federal Trial Bar since 1990. He has enjoyed an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 20 years—the highest peer & judicial rating an attorney can receive. He was recently favorably rated by ALL of the Bar Associations. Fred had served on four Illinois Supreme Court Committees—Character & Fitness with you, as a Hearing Panelist and on the Oversight Committee at the ARDC, and on the Diversity Advisory Committee of the Court’s Commission on Professionalism. He is a past-president of the Cook County Bar Association, and past-chair (co-founder) of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms.

His legal career includes being an equity partner at two major law firms, founding partner & president of his own firm, and General Counsel for Henry Booth House, one of the largest non-profit social service agencies in Chicago. For over a decade he has served as an Administrative Law Judge and Hearing Officer with distinction. His years of service and dedication as an Administrative Law Judge have been quite impressive, and have not gone unrecognized. In fact, the National Judicial College which trains judges has invited Fred to serve as an instructor to actually train others to be judges.

Judge Bates has a proven track record as a Judge and Hearing Officer presiding over hearings for over a decade:

  • Circuit Court Judge in the 1st and 6th Municipal Districts
  • Chicago Department of Administrative - Hearings pursuant to the Chicago Municipal Code
  • Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) - Hearings pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Regulations and the CHA’s Administrative Plan
  • Chicago Board of Election Commissioners - Hearing pursuant to the Illinois Election Code
  • Elgin School District U-46 - Student Expulsion Hearings and Principal Termination Due Process Hearings
  • Chicago Public Schools - Local School Council Elections pursuant to the Illinois School Code
  • Chicago Police Board presiding over Police Officer discipline hearings.

Judge Bates is committed to “Family First”

He is married to Lolita Cunningham Bates (28 years) and they have two children: Robert Bates (26) a pediatric cancer survivor, 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and student at Northwestern University’s Public Policy Graduate Program); and Genevieve Bates (26), a 2012 graduate of Yale University, and graduate student in the Political Science PhD. Program at the University of Chicago—(Comparative Politics). Both children attended Frances Xavier Warde Elementary School, and St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School, in Chicago

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