Christopher Starck

After nearly 30 years on the bench, Judge Starck retired and began his second career where he leads the new Supreme Court Mandatory e-filing initiative in Illinois. As a second post retirement career he also acts as a mediator in civil cases. Judge Starck was the Chief Circuit Court Judge for the 19tth Judicial Circuit from 2003-2007.  When elected Chief Judge, the 19th Judicial Circuit encompassed both Lake and McHenry Counties. In December, 2006, we became a single county circuit that contains only Lake County. As Chief Judge he acted as the CEO of our local court system.  Judge Starck managed not only the 37 elected and appointed judges, but also nearly 300 additional employees including Court Administration staff, court reporters, probation officers, and the juvenile probation and detention staff. His last assignment was in the Law Division where he presided over major civil litigation matters from the time the case is filed until disposition, including jury trials.

Judge Starck received a double major in Psychology and Business Administration from Carrol College in Waukesha, IL. He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago IL. He is also a graduate of  National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on the Executive Board of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, the Executive Board of the Paralegal Studies Committee and the Criminal Justice Committees for the College of Lake County and is an adjunct faculty member of CLC teaching classes in Criminal Justice.