Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Other

Comment #: IL1075
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A shocking exposé of the inner workings of the $50 billion a year
U.S. family law industry, Divorce Corp shines a bright light on the appalling waste, and shameless collusive practices seen daily in family courts. It is a stunning documentary film that anyone considering marriage or divorce must see.

Other

Comment #: IL1045
Rating:1.0
Comments:
So many people are now surfacing with the horror stories of this horrid judge.
We all have had enough and there is strength in numbers.
Please contact us at the following email and join us-everything is kept in strict confidence.We will add you to the growing emails. Remember to spread the word to vote these judges out especially Evans. contact us judgereynoldsmustgo@yahoo.com

Other

Comment #: IL1027
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Dickler may have been a blessed judge, but is one lousy administrator.

The charitable say she’s brought diversity to the domestic relations division.

The uncharitable say it’s now filled with matronly uptight cows.

At some point someone will recognize Judge Reynolds unique peculiarities are better suited elsewhere, like traffic court, adjudicating illegal right turns on red at 2am.

And, in the future, there ought to be an independent psychiatric assessment for any wannabe domestic relations judge.

And call it the “Reynolds Rule”.

Twisted and sadistic are not desirable traits for a judge in domestic relations.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1026
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Easily the most biased and thoughtless judge I have had the displeasure of appearing before. She truly deserves her rating as the lowest on this entire site. Her opinionated, thoughtless rules serve only to harm children and perpetuate the damage already incurred to a hurting family. Totally one-sided.

Other

Comment #: IL1022
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I keep hearing about her brothers in-laws firm. Who is he???

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1021
Rating:1.0
Comments:
That 'nice' review is as phony as it gets-either she had it done or her brother-in-laws firm. We haven't met one lawyer who has a single nice thing to say or respect her-not one.Dickler was a great Judge but she now turns a blind eye to the atrocities in Reynolds Court room-just like the man who appointed her, our Chief Justice Evans-who is more concerned about not looking bad for appointing her than helping all of us, especially our children WE MUST ALL SPREAD THE WORD TO VOTE THEM ALL OUT-IMPOSE OUR OWN TERM LIMITS
The numbers of us finding each other are really spreading-the more the better and then we will take a new approach-leave your names at cleanupthecookcountycourts@yahoo.com

Other

Comment #: IL1018
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Good for you. A case went your way in front of that monster. Obviously you haven't been on the receiving end of her biased, opinionated, pre-conceived, self-righteous plight for "abused" women. She has does nothing fair in my case. The fact that she is a complete and total C*NT has done nothing but allow my ex-wife the perpetuate he sneaky, underhanded, cruel ploys. Grante, I have made mistakes in that bitch'e cout. However, her "growth" and "trying her best to to be fair and I also believe she recognizes her weaknesses and acknowledges them asking the lawyers to help educate her in the matters at trial that she may be weaker on" (are you out of your fucking mind?) has done nothing but render cruelty toward me which ultimately hurts my children and causes harm that I can't even put in to words. She is on some kind of crusade and because she hates me has cost financially and emotionally time and again on her insane plight. Good for you. You are clearly some juvenile lawyer practicing an area of law that in reality is lower than prostitution. You won a case in the c*nt's court. You should be so proud of your worthless self. I wouldn't be a divorce attorney for $10,000,000 per year. Sleep well Jerk-off!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1017
Rating:6.1
Comments:
Judge Reynolds had a tough act to follow when Judge Dickler moved downtown as Judge Dickler is probably one of the best if not the best divorce court judge in Cook County or otherwise. I have seen Judge Reynolds evolve and grow into her role at Skokie in the time she has been on the bench in 203 and I have been one the die-hards that has stayed on in Skokie despite the naysayers. I am glad I did. Sure I have had some cases transferred and avoided filing certain others there at times. Like any almost any other Judge she has her weaknesses and strengths and like any other person is predisposed to certain ways of thinking. Talk to any divorce lawyer and they will tell you that certain Judges at Daley are SOJ-ed routinely when a certain type of case is involved. They are still fine Judges for certain other cases and the role of a good divorce lawyer is to know when and where a case will obtain the best outcome and how to get there. I believe that Judge Reynolds tries her best to to be fair and I also believe she recognizes her weaknesses and acknowledges them asking the lawyers to help educate her in the matters at trial that she may be weaker on. Shortly after she took over from Judge Dickler a colleague contacted me to discuss the change of guard and suggested I move as many cases as I could and avoid filing there based on rumors he had heard about her. I am glad I didn't listen and formed my opinion and wish others would give her a break too.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1005
Rating:1.0
Comments:
UNBELIEVABLE to hear the similar horror stories I've encountered for many years with Judge Reynolds.I think we're all so fearful that she'll come down even harder on us (if that's possible) if we're caught speaking out against her, but something has to be done. It certainly can't get any worse.

I was lucky enough to have started with the HONORABLE Judge Dickler, who preceded Reynolds, so I know what its like to come before a judge who exemplifies wisdom, fairness, and honesty. Google Judge Dickler and you won't find ONE criticism against her. Reynolds came in and immediately reversed a ruling Judge Dickler made about short selling my home and wrote an order allowing my husband to do so (only to later learn she had no legal right).

I've witnessed a man give up all legal and custodial rights to his two sons because his ex-wife kept scheduling "activities" on his visitation weekends and he was so tired of coming before Reynolds and her siding with her. On that particular day two+ years ago, his ex-wife had Blackhawk tickets for HIS weekend visitation. Judge Reynold said "She has tickets...the boys are going"!! Can you imagine a judge agreeing with a woman who is obviously deliberately scheduling "activities" during his time.

I don't however believe she's gender biased, as I'm a woman and she rules against me 99.9% of the time. What she does in contentious cases, is pick one person and side with them every time, whether right or wrong. Each of my attorneys has IMMEDIATELY stated that after they presented their appearance, which I'm not even present for, they could tell she dislikes me!! What the heck! She purposely tries to turn attorneys against their clients. I had one attorney who resigned because first she shouted at him for talking too loud, then she kept interrupting him. We went in a side room, he said "You can't get a fair trial here. She won't even let me speak to represent you. I'm going to have us moved to Rolling Meadows". My ex's attorney caught on to what my attorney was preparing for, approached him and said "Don't do it. She's but one client. You'll be coming before this judge for many years to come". My attorney then resigned because he knew he couldn't receive fair representation. She's not only hurting us, but our children. I'm so thrilled to have found this site and more so determined to use every ounce of energy to get this judge OUT! Have you questioned how her courtroom is suddenly so empty? My attorney told me he would NEVER take a case in Skokie, nor would any other who's experienced Reynolds because she doesn't apply law, biased, ignorant and uses intimidation. I don't think she even reads my motions I labor over but certainly does my ex's and immediately rules in his favor. I'm tired of leaving the courthouse crying and my kids questioning why. They've quickly come to understand it will occur after a day in court before Reynolds

Please, please, please lets vote Evans out so we can get Reynolds out. It's the only way to do so (trust me, I looked into it). And Google Judge Jeannie Reynolds to find others means that may help in the meantime (Reporting Corrupt Cook County Judges, Clean up the Courts,...).

And to answer a question written by another, she IS married (God bless that saint who was stupid enough to do so), lives in Glenview and has two kids who both attend OLPH.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL973
Rating:1.0
Comments:
No lawyer matters in her court room-the good news is when she is finally taken out in handcuffs and serves her time for her hate crimes and civil liberty crimes-she wont be able to practice law again-not that any law firm would ever hire her
Only our Chief Justice who you MUST VOTE OFF THE BENCH NEXT ELECTION
Find out who Reynolds brother-in-laws-law firm is and hire them-seems to be the only firm she will give a break in her vigilantism

Litigant

Comment #: IL972
Rating:1.0
Comments:
does anyone have any lawyers they would recommend for court in her courtroom? I am desperate.

Litigant

Comment #: IL943
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My lawyer just left her courtroom today, and is quitting my case, saying that she is being unfair and that he doesn't know what else to do. Does anyone know an attorney that isn't afraid of her? Please help -- I have a trial coming up in six weeks.

Other

Comment #: IL938
Rating:1.0
Comments:
People, we are finally finding each other and there are now a lot of us. Everyone, please send your contact information (it will be held in strict confidence) to: judgereynoldsmustgo@yahoo.com

We all know the devastation that she is causing our families and our children. Why they continue to protect her on that bench is mind blowing, but we will vote them out later after we rid ourselves of this judge. Join us now! We are making great strides!

You don't have to continue to live in fear!

Or you can contact us at: cleanupthecookcountycourts@yahoo.com

Contact us today!

Other

Comment #: IL933
Rating:1.0
Comments:
When your attorney comes out of a pretrial and tells you that she will never step into this judge's courtroom again and that they won't be happy until you are homeless and sleeping under a bridge somewhere, then there is a problem in the courtroom! I thought the Bozo the Clown circus show went off the air years ago. The children deserve better!

Other

Comment #: IL919
Rating:1.0
Comments:
First off, there is no way that one should call Judge Jeanne Reynolds "honorable." I question whether she even has a legitimate law degree. She has no knowledge of the law, which she has managed to prove over and over as she is unable to write even a simple and proper order. She uses Cook County Jail as her extortion strong-arm without really understanding the inner workings of our already overcrowded correctional institution. Have her spend a night in jail -- she thinks that you can just pick up a phone and call an 800 number to get money. Judge Reynolds is an unpredictable tzar in her own draconian empire, and she must be removed from the bench immediately.

Litigant

Comment #: IL907
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has a horrifying lack of judicial sense. She almost ruled in favor of my ex-husband, in direct contradiction of contract law, public policy, family law --everything. I think that she went to correspondence law school. She has a real chip on her shoulder, and does not like human beings of either gender.

Other

Comment #: IL904
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Everyone, please send contact information for you to: cleanupthecookcountycourts@yahoo.com

All will be held in strict confidence. We must set a meeting between all of us and get this judge off the bench. Also, remember to start telling everyone you know to start voting all of these judges out during elections, especially Chief Justice Evans, as he knows the horrors going on in this judge's courtroom and looks the other way. It's time for him to go, too.

Please contact us at the above email and read: cleanupthecourts@wordpress.com

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL893
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Judge Reynolds is easily the worst judge ever, and an embarrassment to the judiciary. She is never impartial, conducts her courtroom as though she were an advocate rather than a judge, routinely insults attorneys and railroads hearings to get the results that she wants, which are usually in defiance of the actual law. She also ignores civil procedure and the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, and consistently acts as though she can conduct her courtroom not as a court of law, but rather as though she is a godlike queen -- as if no rules matter, and fairness and justice are nonexistent. She is a tyrannical member of the judiciary that is a joke to all attorneys that practice before her. I have had many cases before her, including one of late where she appointed a GAL on a case where I had represented the minor's best interests for nearly two years, only to have her destroy this child's entire life with the click of her unjust gavel. She needs to be removed from the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: IL868
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is incapable of being unbiased. She refuses to hear her own witnesses, AKA court-appointed experts. She picks a side at the onset of a trial, and refuses to hear the other. She is a disgrace to her robe and the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL837
Rating:1.1
Comments:
She is a disgrace on all counts! Finally, people are finding each other that know this monster judge must be taken off the bench! Please make sure that you leave your contact info: e-mail cleanupthecookcountycourts@yahoo.com. Also, note that those in power that continue to look the other way must not be re-elected! Pass the word to not retain Chief Justice Timothy Evans -- you must vote him out! Judge Reynolds was appointed by him and we are not allowed to vote her out, so it's his turn to go, too. Shame on him! He knows the destruction that she's causing to families and children, and he reappointed her anyway. Remember to leave your contact info at: cleanupthecookcountycourts@yahoo.com.
We will get this done!

Litigant

Comment #: IL836
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge interrupted my lawyer and myself nearly every time that we tried to speak, and believed every slanderous statement that my ex-wife directed at me. She ruled quite unfairly, and never listened to my side of the story. I agree that she is emotionally disturbed, and that she harms children, mainly by destroying fathers. "Gender biased" is to put it mildly. This woman is grinding an axe against men. Let's unite to remove her, for the sake of the children whose fathers she damages!

Other

Comment #: IL835
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have to agree with the other comments -- she's the worst judge that I've ever seen. I had clear documented history that my ex was arrested for domestic battery and has several DCFS cases, yet she released my children to him for unsupervised visits even though there was another DCFS investigation going on, which was indicated in the history. I believe that she was so strongly against me because I was trying to prove a point. She slammed every objection my lawyer had, and let my ex and his lawyer ramble on and on. I was even threatened in her courtroom and she did nothing about it. She talked down to me like I was worthless, and ordered my ex to pay like 15% of what he makes for child support on two children, which is way below the minimum. She even said "no" to him helping pay for child care because I make 30% more than he does. She endangered my kids on several occasions, and just took his word for it when I had physical evidence (police & DCFS investigations), and a mediator who she assigned said he was a danger to them. I'm glad someone is doing something about her. The financial hardship that she has burdened me with is nothing compared to the power she took away from me to protect my now three- and four-year-old children. I pray I will never have to come across her again. I pray that the Lord will change the condition of her heart, because she holds a lot of power over peoples' lives. That is an awesome responsibility, and needs to be taken seriously. Although I understand that those placed in that authority are human and make mistakes, her gross actions are all too common. The last thing that I'll say is this: I went through five lawyers who were interested in taking my case, but declined after hearing it was to be tried in her courtroom. (I won't repeat the language they used.)

Litigant

Comment #: IL825
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is truly an emotionally sick, gender-biased person that has no business judging anyone. We have formed a group to rid our court of this monster. Please contact us ASAP to join us, because something has to be done about this judge. Send a quick email to us and we will contact you. Thanks to all who respond!

Email: cleanupthecookcountycourts@yahoo.com

Other

Comment #: IL808
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There is no justice in her courtroom. She doesn't listen to all parties, and she takes the longest breaks! It depends on the day, how she rules. Is there a way to have her out of our court system?

Other

Comment #: IL796
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She should be disbarred. If she is married, her
husband is a saint.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL753
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Judge Reynolds is the biggest disgrace of any judge I have ever appeared before. She refused to recognize a common notarized document, and then had the audacity to berate and belittle me as if I did not know what I was doing (after twenty years of doing this). She then made me wait all day to finally get my case completed, even though there were no other parties in her courtroom. It pains me to say this, as I still maintain my faith in our judiciary, but she is worthless as a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL750
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
One last thing: don't be bashful about sending your complaint to the mayor, chief judges, the Chicago Tribune and especially the Skokie courthouse -- they love stuff like this.

Other

Comment #: IL749
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It doesn’t matter whether Judge Reynolds is removed or not, just marginalized. And you can do only what you can do: stay in control and individually tell of your encounters to the Judicial Inquiry Board. This recent Tribune article was devastating to the judge.
(read here http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-28/news/ct-met-hidden-cases-domestic-20130427_1_entire-case-files-court-system-judges/2)
And if others file a complaint, it’ll be real hard to put that genie back in the bottle!

Other

Comment #: IL747
Rating:1.0
Comments:
People we need to unite. There are some of us that will take the lead. It's all about numbers and the more we have, the less they can ignore us. The press will embrace us.

Please leave an email contact at:
cleanupthecookcountycourts@yahoo.com

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL746
Rating:1.3
Comments:
They aren't going to do anything about her and she is out of control. We the people must unite in numbers (and there are plenty of us -- both attorneys and non-attorneys). Some of us are getting together and we will ultimately stage protests and get the media involved. You should also email Dick Johnson at NBC5. Also read:

www.cleanupourcourts.wordpress.com

Litigant

Comment #: IL745
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Anyone can file a complaint against a judge with the Judicial Inquiry Board. Here's the website:

http://www2.illinois.gov/jib/Pages/complaint.aspx

They don't know anything unless someone complains, and then they will investigate.

Litigant

Comment #: IL744
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I couldn't agree more. Nothing but compassion for my poor, abused, future ex-wife and (her frivolous order of protection), nothing but overt disdain for me and my attorney, despite the fact I am an awesome father.

Litigant

Comment #: IL743
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I spoke with the board office and they said that there is validity in numbers. I am all for getting together and filing jointly. Am I alone or are there others who will stand up with me?

Other

Comment #: IL741
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Reynolds is out of control. The real problem is that no one is watching her and she knows it. She can't even be removed by voting, because she was appointed. The judicial inquiry board mentioned below is a sham -- they last took a judge off the bench over 14 years ago!

Other

Comment #: IL740
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Anyone can file a complaint against a judge with the Judicial Inquiry Board. Here's the website:

http://www2.illinois.gov/jib/Pages/complaint.aspx

They don't know anything unless someone complains, and then they will investigate. Include everything from the internet written about this judge.

(However, if you ask your attorney, they'll probably say that you shouldn't do it.)

Other

Comment #: IL738
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is completely biased and makes up her mind prior to the trial. She does not allow for the man to put up any defense. I find it unbelievable that this is where our tax dollars go. There are countless complaints about this judge, and yet our system does nothing. It saddens me to no end that this is the way that our judicial system works.

Litigant

Comment #: IL733
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is completely biased. She decides at the onset of a case and refuses to recognize the truth. She orders litigants to go to professionals to get insight and then makes decisions that are the complete opposite of what they recommend. She is not about what is in the best interest of a child -- rather, which lawyer she likes best.

Other

Comment #: IL677
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is a farce. She goes by personal relationships and who has the most money. Attorneys are afraid to go against her because if they do she treats them unfairly in other cases. She should be removed from the bench immediately. She shows her bias and the fact that she can't remain impartial when making her rulings.

Other

Comment #: IL668
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After watching her court room numerous times, it is clear that she has a personal issues and does not dish out equally.

Litigant

Comment #: IL548
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This Judge acts as attorney and Judge for women. More then three attorneys, told me they refuse to even practice in her court room. "One told me the ‘joke’ is that any attorney who takes a male client before this Judge, should be held for ‘legal malpractice’ So, “ as a woman, they don’t need a lawyer if they get this Judge”

Litigant

Comment #: IL526
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is a disgrace to the Bench. The fact that she continues to handle family law matters when she is blatantly anti-male/father is shameful. She is so horrible she cannot even enforce her own Orders.

Other

Comment #: IL509
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very knowledgeable and passionate about fairness in ruling on the law. Extremely professional and articulate. Outstanding judge.