Thomas Raymond Molitor
Democratic candidate for Cook County Circuit (12th Subcircuit (Maki Vacancy district)
Responses to our questions
Please submit an essay that explains your legal background, why you are qualified for this position and why you seek this position.
I was born and raised in Evanston; the seventh of nine children. My Dad was a pilot in WWII and despite the fact that he worked two jobs and was the hardest working man I ever knew, we relied on government assistance to get by. I learned at a very early age the value of hard work. My first job was at the age of 7; shoveling coal ash from the boiler of my Uncle's greenhouse next door. My second job was working for the Chicago Tribune! I delivered newspapers! I opened my own bank account at the age of 10 and from grade school through high school I worked 2-3 part time jobs with one goal in mind; to go to college.
There were no trust funds to rely on in the Molitor estate. If you wanted something, you had to earn it. My Dad died my freshman year of college, but that did not stop me from pursuing my goals; it motivated me to work as hard as he did. I worked as a roofer and a carpenter through college and law school; finishing the last two years of law school at night while working 40-50 hours during the week. I opened my own practice shortly after graduating from law school. I introduced myself to the lawyers in Evanston and agreed to take on cases that they didn't want for little or no fee. It was an interesting way to learn how to practice law.
They would guide me along the way but let me make mistakes...you learn from your mistakes! Now I have practiced law in Cook County for over thirty years. My practice is primarily in courtrooms. I have made over 5,000 court appearances and have litigated cases in every division of its system. I believe that my diverse background would bring a unique perspective to the bench. I believe that my work ethic is second to none. I've appeared before hundreds of Judges. I've seen good ones and bad ones. I think I'd be a good one.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
My first experience in a courtroom was not as an attorney...it was as a defendant! I am the founding attorney of the Evanston Minority Business Association.... but I'm not a minority. My name is inscribed on the Wall of Tolerance at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Mobile, Alabama for my "important contributions to the ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America....but I'm not impoverished, I've had more than one arguments with Mike Royko!