Neighbors for Underhill


Ed Underhill, trial attorney with 30 years of experience, and Bucktown homeowner for the past 15 years, is a candidate for Judge of the Sixth Judicial Subcircuit of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Ed Underhill has the highest bar ratings of any candidate in the race, and has been endorsed by Alderman Scott Waguespack, Unite Here Local 1, and the Victory Fund.

“I’m honored and excited to be taking this step with my friends and family,” Underhill said at a press conference in the district announcing his candidacy in August. “It has been a distinct privilege to practice law here for more than 30 years, and I hope to bring my legal experience, acumen and energy and passion for our community to the bench for Chicago families and businesses.”

Ed Underhill is seeking the Democratic Party nomination in March of 2016 for one of three vacancies in the Sixth Judicial Subcircuit. The Sixth Judicial Subcircuit is one of two judicial circuits that lies entirely within the city of Chicago. The diverse Sixth Subcircuit spans several neighborhoods, including all or part of Albany Park, Avondale, Belmont Cragin, Bucktown, East Village, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Irving Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Noble Square, Roscoe Village, Ukrainian Village, West Town and Wicker Park.

In addition to his legal experience, Underhill, 56, brings a long record of public service, including active membership in the Bucktown Community Organization, volunteer experience as a mock trial instructor at Austin and Simeon high schools in Chicago, and representation of student journalists in defense of their first amendment freedoms.

Among his contributions to the legal community, Underhill has been a member of the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee and is former president of the Northern Illinois University Alumni Council.

Ed lives on Wabansia Avenue with his husband, Liam, and their dog, Finn.