Hon. Richard D. Russo See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

What others have said about Hon. Richard D. Russo



Comment #: IL1302
He issued a plenary order of protection against me because he didn't like my facial expression during the hearing. He said "I know you think this is a big joke to you". I never said anything to that effect nor did i behave in anything but a professional demeanor. He basically issued the plenary order because my parents were crying and I didn't show any remorse or emotion. I didn't know you know you could win a case by crying. This isn't kindergarten or daycare sir. This a court of law and deciding it based on whether or not you like my face or based on the petitioners crying is not proper conduct of a presiding judge. I had revealed numerous inconsistencies and outright lies by the petitioner during cross-examination and this overweight, barney frank look-alike chose to ignore all if it and issued a full 2-year plenary order against me, forbidding me to return to my legal residence for 2 years. This is huge violation of my rights under Article 1 section 2 of the Illinois state Constitution regarding due process of law, and an abuse of process. He will be held accountable and I will gladly join any class action complaint against this unprofessional judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1260
basically threw out my order of protection request without explanation or reason. he's arrogant, pro-criminal and quite interested in saving Illinois money and not working for justice. He is a sad excuse for a judge and has shaken my trust and belief in the system. He's a politician with a misguided sense of 'compassion'. if left to renew him on election day I would vote a resounding NO


Comment #: IL1235
Hi: I found him to be the same. We made a motion to reconsider after a very little thought about distribution of assets (against the 50/50 precedent). August 2014. He did nothing to "un-couple" us after the divorce. He gave her ownership in an asset that she had nothing to do with before the judgement.

We had a scheduled date to hear the motion in Nov. 2014. 2 days before, said' No my ruling stands" . He never heard our motion. In private chamber, he told someone "I don't have time for this and I don't really care"

As of January 1, he was removed from the divorce bench. He was not trained, very unprofessional and not worry to be called a judge.

I am thinking that if we find enough people that he screwed, we can get a class action law suit and have his rulings tossed out.

Please contact me if you desire.


Comment #: IL1154
Rating:Not Rated
A motion was brought against me for child support, medical bills, and a request for lawyer fees. I went to court representing myself (due to my first lawyer taking $40,000 with poor results and very little work. I net less than $30,000). The motion was unfounded as I had the documents in hand to prove it, however, Judge Russo did not want to hear anything I had to say about the motion. I find this Judge very disrespectful as I have done my best as a father, emotionally and financially towards our daughter. My case continues to simply bleed the financial resources from our daughter because my x-wife will not stop bringing me to court and mediation. She is simply wasting my daughter's child support on court fees, and Judge Russo doesn't want to hear what I have to say. Shame on him as he does not deserve to be a judge if he is not willing to take facts into account. On several occasions he has ignored what I have to say.