Hon. Raul Vega See Rating Details
Subcircuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
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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)


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Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Raul Vega


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1088
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge in Cook County, which is saying a lot. If this guy gets re-elected, it would be a travesty. He thinks he is a King, and yet he is incapable of making any rulings or enforcing rulings he has made. He is rude to people and disrespectful of their time or expenses involved in having to appear before him. He is extremely biased, as well as incredibly sexist.

Other

Comment #: IL1087
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is a corrupt Judge. He allows his cronies (David Wessel GAL) to make up what they want and not challenge. he takes sides and if he is in a bad mood he is demeaning and misogynist. I spent 4 long years before this man. He has wrecked my family because he allowed a vindictive spiteful ex-spouse to continue to emotionally bully through the court system. I also agree with all the comments below.
Judge RV has no regard for the best interest of children. he has no interest in the integrity of the family or keeping families together. I expected integrity, fairness and justice from him but my children got none. He continues to pair with David Wessel. I witnessed unbelievable cronism and from the looks and nods they gave each other in court and the fabrications David Wessel was allowed to present was truelly ludicrous and upsetting. I was not able to change judge and we are now a broken family trying to rebuild our lives despite draconian outdated court rulings that only destroys lives. I stopped going to court because it was such a circus and making the best I can to fix what has been damaged by this man who is supposed to be respected and a leader in cook county judicial system.
i am happy to sign a petition to have him removed from the bench

Other

Comment #: IL1078
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To officially log a complaint you can write all complaints to:
The Judicial Inquiry Board
100 W Randolph St, #14-500
Chicago, IL, 60601
http://www2.illinois.gov/jib/Pages/complaint.aspx

Other

Comment #: IL1071
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Vega is a disgrace to his profession! To get right to the point, when there is a child involved he should not be allowed any where near the case.

He and a Chicago cop have jointly kept my daughter in a hospital for 8 wks without allowing any visitors to see her...this includes myself as well a all 3rd party and friends.
Several doctors as well as a court appointed attorney for the child have all said in writing that she should be released from the hospital and sent home, Vega will not listen to anything or anyone and has along with the girls father who is a Chicago cop, have essentially kept her a prisoner in a hospital for the past 7-8 wks.
And oh yes...my daughter will be 18 in less than 4 mths, and she has herself wrote letters that she wants to go home and just keep her dad away from her, but again Vega pays no attention, nor does he have the balls to talk to my daughter.

Plz contact me if you have a way to help

Other

Comment #: IL1058
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Vega is rude, unfair in his decisions, and should be removed from the bench. All of his cases should be reheard by another judge with some brains instead of a judge with a smart mouth and juvenile attitude.

Other

Comment #: IL1056
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Vega needs to be removed from his throne. He is very corrupt and hasn't a clue with how to deal with families or children in his courts, nor will he look at documentation from doctors...he just does what he wants! The Children suffer the most and he will take your child like he did mine, and place them in a hospital where no one, not even 3rd part contact can see them, which is against your rights. I have not seen my daughter in 6 weeks, she is 17 1/2 and is very medically ill.

Please if you can help me....please eamil me asap need help!

Other

Comment #: IL1042
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Vega is one of the worst judges I have ever had the misfortune to see in action! If the Bar recommends him at election time, then they have't been paying attention. Vega ignores all the elements of the law, makes his decisions based on his mood and how he personally feels about the people standing before him. He yells at people, belittles them, doesn't listen or remember and never makes a final decision, instead allowing dead-beat dads to go on for years without supporting their children. What a representative of the bench!

Litigant

Comment #: IL946
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Raul Vega is not a fair judge. His rulings are based on his mood for the day, and not on the accurate information before him. Judge Raul Vega does not allow a pro se participant any voice in his courtroom. Judge Raul Vega is rude, and yells for you to shut up and be quiet, while allowing lawyers to say what they want.

Litigant

Comment #: IL861
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He does not apply the law. He favors attorneys with short skirts. He thinks highly of himself and those who praise his rulings.

Litigant

Comment #: IL855
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Vega is by far the worst judge that I have ever encountered. His rulings are not based on law, but on his moods and his personal feelings about you. To me he represents what's wrong with the justice system. He is particularly unfair to pro se litigants. I have spent a lot of time watching him while I wait for my case to be called, and he is a very condescending individual, and unfair in his rulings, unless he likes your physical attributes . I noticed he is partial to tall blond woman. His behavior is atrocious. Judge Vega has no regard for the law, and neither empathy nor common courtesy. He is highly disrespectful. He should never be allowed to judge people, especially when children are involved. We should start a petition to get him removed, before he ruins more peoples' lives.

Other

Comment #: IL853
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Vega is not a fair man. Even my lawyers couldn't say how his court might go. It all depends on his mood that day. Did he get stuck in traffic that morning? If he did, it's anybody's guess how he will rule. For two years straight, every month I had to appear before his bench. When it was finally the day of the trial, he announced that there would be no trial. The parents brought the children into the world together, and they can come up with a settlement. My son was abused for years and finally spoke up when he was a teenager. He even admitted to a psychiatrist that his dad had been and has continued to be abusive. The judge refused to talk to the children. Due to legal costs, I had to represent myself. I was ruled against constantly. The opposing counsel was the only one that he allowed to talk. I am completely disgusted with Judge Vega. He needs to be removed from the bench!

Other

Comment #: IL851
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is the worst of the worst. He acts with complete disregard for the law. He makes up his own laws. But, if you are a good looking female, he will side with you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL845
Rating:1.2
Comments:
I agree with many comments posted here. I feel that this judge is unfair, as well as unjust and biased at times. He shouldn't be allowed to make decisions that are supposed to be in the best interests of children. He shouldn't be a judge. We need to come together and do something with regard to this judge. If we all come together, I'm sure that something can be done -- we have a voice and our voice should be heard.

Other

Comment #: IL823
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is mentally sick. He loves to screw up parents with kids. He's got his own rules. The question is: how long can he remain a judge? Judge Vega, if you read this: this is not Al Capone time. Corruption is over. A lot of journalists are following you. Retire now -- you are too old.

Litigant

Comment #: IL819
Rating:6.0
Comments:
I read the reviews before I had to appear before Judge Vega, so I did not know what would happen. He is a big flirt with the female lawyers, and he has two beautiful clerks helping him out. I waited twenty minutes for my case to be called, while he flirted with a female lawyer and talked about which university had the best sports teams. Once my case was called -- which was an alimony case where my ex-wife wanted an increase to help pay her rent -- the judge denied the motion with prejudice, saying that circumstances had not changed since the divorce was finalized. He seemed fair when it came to the law, but he is a huge flirt with the female attorneys.

Other

Comment #: IL815
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I was reading all of the comments about Judge Vega. To everyone: please contact the media! Contact every newspaper, magazine, TV station, etc. This information must go public! I am a victim of this judge, too. God bless all of you.

Litigant

Comment #: IL801
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am a litigant. There is complete corruption in some of the family courtrooms. This man is a disgrace to the judicial system. He should be thrown in jail for ripping children from their parents that care. He is lazy, and doesn't know the law -- or he is just plain ignoring it. His courtroom is a circus and there is no justice in it. Please, everyone, we have to start contacting the senators and officials that govern the judicial system, and letting them know what is going on in these courtrooms. Judge Vega is not the only horrible judge in the Family Court. There is total corruption going on in these family courtrooms.

Other

Comment #: IL659
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After just having finished my 6th appearance in front of this judge in the last 15 months, I am still in shock at his inability to grasp very simple arguments, and the lack of common sense in his decisions. Even more frigheting is the court room occupants themselves. The attorneys that I have seen here, not only for post trial hearings, but during the preceeding 4 years of family court BS, are without a doubt, nothing but a bunch of morons. It is no wonder that the family court system of Cook County is in such a pitiful state. The magnitude of incompetence is overwheliming and families and children are suffering unnecessary emotional harm because of the selfishenss and bitterness constatnly on display and out of control. The system is BROKEN and must be fixed.

Other

Comment #: IL646
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is a perfect example of needing a test to see if you first KNOW the laws of your state before even being allowed to run for the position. He has told experts he does not believe them, but will make his ruling on something a lawyer says in court ( which is not evidence) and ignore or refuse to even admit evidence or experts. He is a big ex parte judge, no hearings in cases where state law demands that a hearing be held with both parties present before a ruling - NOPE. He threatens jail, bullies and has completely inappropriate behavior on the bench that flies in the face of any common sense, let alone in the position of a judge. He shouldn't throw stones at the people who come before him - he has his own personal and financial issues that many of them have.
Judge Vega, may not be censured for his bad rulings, bad behavior and being a bully - but children have died, been abused, etc resulting from his rulings. He will have to face a higher power then himself one day. A definite power trip from and ignorant little man, regardless of his own opinion of himself.

Other

Comment #: IL624
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I would love to know how something can be done to punish this judge for his inability to understand what he was elected for. Oh, by the way, I know it is customary for an attorney to contribute to the election of a judge....but to the tune of 100K from one person? Something's fishy...this judge refuses to take the responsibility of making an informed decision based on facts and documents that are presented to him. It's almost as tho judge (I use that term loosly for him) Vega is acting out his own little ego trip when in his court. He deliberately and frequently belittles the people that appear before him, does not deny that he will make an occasional decision based upon how he feels (regardless of proof and documents presented to the contrary), has no problem issuing threats ("if you don't like it, remember, you will always have to come before me in the future". His sarcasm is infuriating as though he wants to taunt and dare the person appearing before him to reply. Are we then expected to treat him with respect and honor? His behavior flies in the face of any hope one can have for justice, and I think the Cook County system should be ashamed to accept people like Raul Vega to be in charge of any decisions regarding our families and their problems. We come to the court system at great personal and financial expense in hopes of getting help with our problems and difficulties ,of receiving a fair and impartial decision and what Raul Vega offers is a mockery of the legal system. He is worthless as a judge.

Other

Comment #: IL615
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is a cold hearted calis person he needs to also be investigated he alowed a true Dead beat dad who owes $62000.00 in back child support for two Disabled children the judge ordered him to pay $50.00 a month for both kids. The dad told the judge he was a retired. He failed to inform the judge that he got firec for selling. Drugs at Cook County jail & did time. This judge treated me like I was nothing I asked him if the dad could pay one of the kids Ada Transportation fee of &120.00 a month the judges look at me with disgust and said maybe he will if I aked him nicely . Why would I have to asm him anything. This judge humiliated me in court like did something wrong.He let this DEAD BEAT DAD GET AWAY WITH PAYING $50.00. MY ATORNEY SAID YOUR HONOR IT WOULD BE A TREVISTY IF U LET THIS HAPPEN & THE DID NOT CARE THERE WAS NO JUST SERVED IN MY CASE BEFORE THIS JUDGE HE. HAS NO SOUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other

Comment #: IL614
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I believes this Judge needs to reevaluate himself on how he deals with these cases... Don't know if he realizes these are people with feelings that have children and this is effecting everyone the good and bad, however you see it. This is not a court show or a game, FYI it's real life. Both sides have to be accountable where things are at and adjust their lifestyle. Life isn't fair, so put your adult pants and deal with it. Stop bringing yourself to an unfair, useless judge who's head gets bigger every time he hears himself talk!! I'm very disappointed in our system...

Other

Comment #: IL613
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I do not feel, after years of going to court off and on, currently on, that he can make a decision. My ex owes 50K plus in arrearages, and has just recently started paying support again...we have 4 children, 2 in college, and two at home still. He has not been ordered to contribute to those expenses yet. My ex is to pay 1/2 of ALL medical/dental/vision and extracurricular to which he does not. He has ignored every court order and the Judge, when brought to his attention, 'slaps' my ex on the hand and CONTINUES our hearings. I have gotten NO WHERE with this so far. Not sure if he's for one side or the other, but it seems like he doesn't care about the fact/s at hand or the children who are suffereing as a result of.

Other

Comment #: IL610
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This guy is a buffoon! Not only does he ignore what are clearly presented facts surrounding a dispute, his findings and rulings are disconnected from common sense. He fosters an arena of contention and bickering and clearly plays favorites, which can be either man or woman. He is a fool and his continued presence on the bench is an on-going demonstration of what a joke the fanmily court system has become and the fools that occupy the benches in the Cook County Court House.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL565
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Finally a venue where I can comment about this clown! How about having an ex husband who owed more than 10 thousand dollars and judge vega dismiss just about every penny??? Yea he did that to me cause he liked my ex and not me. Forgave 10 thousand dollars!!!! Oh and when my ex didn't feel like paying anymore he ran to vega again and got it abated once more. This judge should be thrown off the bench. He is no more objective and fair than a middle school child. He picks favorites that's for sure. i dont think there is a rhyme or reason to his decisions. Time to go vega. You have proven to the families of cook county you dont care about them or their children. Vote him OUT!!!!

Other

Comment #: IL557
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Does not support Father's rights. If your good looking and a female, you'll get whatever you want. Don't worry about what's best for the child.
I had sat in the courtroom and watched how he treated men....BTW, I am a single mother and could not believe how unfair this guy is to men.

Litigant

Comment #: IL544
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Raul Vega should be off of the bench.I am mortified by this Judge. He is a lunatic. He thinks that I am Latino and keeps demanding that I speak Spanish. But I am not and I don't know Spanish. That is not why I am there. He belittles and berates me every time I am in the court room. He kept making all sorts of allegations that I don't know anything about and I tried to tell him that I didn't know anything about these matters and I wasn't even in the state - he threatened to throw me in jail. He tried to threaten me with jail every time I tried to correct a lie. He must have gotten my case and kid mixed up with someone else's case, but when he kept threatening me with jail because I said that wasn't me I eventually gave up. What is the point of going to court with this Judge. My kids are ruined. I don't know how this guy sleeps at night.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL541
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Raul Vega should not be re- elected at all. I lost my job a year ago and motioned for my child support to be terminated de to unemployment. He continues my motions now forover a year and scolds me o not getting a job yet. he still hasn't taken away the child support and now im so far in arrears that the state has suspended my license. Now im unable to look for jobs in the suburbs and im limited to the bus. he completely igored my other motions for visitation modification as well. he makes passes at my ex wife and other women in the court room while people are in need of help. He is completely unfair and a tyrant.

Litigant

Comment #: IL537
Rating:10.0
Comments:
He is a fair and honorable judge he has the best interests of the child in mind - speaks to the child in a respectful and direct manner - believes that both parents are responsible for the financial and emotional well being of the child he cannot control the emotions but can control financial - he has proven to be a good and fair judge - the sad part is that a parent needs to see a jusge for the well being of their child

Other

Comment #: IL528
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This man keeps ignoring the issues at hand, instead he is worrying about me crying in the courtroom over custody of my child....SOMEONE PLEASE GET THIS MAN IN TROUBLE FOR HIS VERY BAD BEHAVIOR OF IGNORING THE LAW!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL524
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Truly a heinous individual and an absolute disgrace to the legal profession. He's a hateful, ruthless, abusive cad who fancies himself to be God. Going before him is a waste of time. Not only does he ignore the law, he breaks the law. He should not be allowed on the bench and should probably be behind bars.

Litigant

Comment #: IL518
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I must say this is not a good judge. very unfair, not compassionate, not caring about the people he is suppose to have a best interest in. Shouldnt be a judge!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL506
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Had my child ripped away from me without due process....if its the last thing i do....he will pay

Litigant

Comment #: IL494
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This guy should be thrown in jail

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL311
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Raul Vega is lazy. I had post divorce issues. It took this dud 28 months to make a decision

Other

Comment #: IL308
Rating:1.0
Comments:
this is the judge that overturned a cass and gave the mother coustedy, and the child died the next day.this needs to be heard, this man is a killer and should pay for it.decisions should be made by facts, not if the judge likes you or not. CHILD KILLER JUDGE VEGA.

Court Staff

Comment #: IL305
Rating:1.0
Comments:
this guy is out of control, can't wait to get a job transfer.

Other

Comment #: IL298
Rating:1.0
Comments:
very sad person

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL296
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
very sad and dislikefull man,does not like his job, and kids pay for it.this man needs to step down or discharged, to bad we can't vote for him in a real election.

Litigant

Comment #: IL293
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
if your a WHITE MALE give up, do not play the vega conde money game. bouth of these ( big chicago yah hoows ) shuold be kicked in the ass, out the door.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL211
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Judge Vega has little knowledge of or compassion for the litigants. He is quick to form opinions and ruthless to those whom he dislikes. He often ignores the law even when it is given to him. He is rude to lawyers and litigants. He is a very poor judge.