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For Immediate Release:

February 3rd, 2016

Kitty Kurth 312-617-7288
Xavier Nogueras 773-593-1345


CHICAGO (February 3rd, 2016) - Democratic candidate Jacob Meister has been endorsed by
Chicago NOW PAC in his race for the Democratic nomination for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit
Court. A leader in the fight to eliminate sexism and end oppression for over 50 years, Chicago
NOW PACs recognition that Meisters credentials as a practicing attorney, long-time advocate for
justice and experienced administrator make him the most qualified to be Clerk of the Court is
particularly significant in this primary field.
I am incredibly proud to have the support of Chicago NOW PAC. We share a commitment to the
very issues that have guided my deep involvement in government and politics, including fostering
equality, social change and social justice.
An attorney and civil rights advocate, Meister has spent the past 25 years of his legal career
working to protect and improve the lives of working families, minority communities and those who
are most vulnerable. He has battled an insurance company unwilling to fund a life-saving heart
transplant for an infant, took on the Chicago Public Schools to get full time aids for autistic
children and was at the forefront of the successful fight for marriage equality.
Meister has also challenged dozens of employers, including public employers, for discriminatory
workplace practices on the basis of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy and
religion. Most recently, Meister tried a case against Hobby Lobby to redress years of insidious
transgender discrimination against one of its employees.
Now Meister is seeking the opportunity to bring that same passion for equality and justice to the
Circuit Court Clerks office.
The Clerk of the Courts office has a much bigger impact on the lives of Cook County residents
than most people realize. Over 1.5 million cases ranging from traffic tickets, child support, probate
and issues impacting social justice, are processed by the Clerks office each year.
Because the Clerks office is broken both operationally and ethically, it is responsible for many of
the difficulties and injustices that currently exist in the Cook County court system. My plans to
eradicate the incompetence and corruption that have long been associated with the office by
prioritizing modernization, customer service and transparency will help bring justice and trust back
to the court system, concluded Meister.
For more information on Jacob Meister, please visit