Athena Farmakis Announces Candidacy for Cook County Judge

Today, Athena Farmakis filed almost 4000 signatures with the Illinois State Board of Elections in Springfield and declared her candidacy for 8th Subcircuit Judge, Laura Liu Vacancy. The 8th Judicial Subcircuit roughly covers the Chicago Lakefront Neighborhoods from Loyola University in the north to Chinatown in the south.

Athena Farmakis has been an assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for over 20 years. She is currently a supervisor in the Preliminary Hearings Unit of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. Athena has also held supervisory positions in the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Divisions at the Juvenile Justice Bureau. Her extensive daily trial experience while in the Felony Trial Division afforded Athena the opportunity to try over 65 juries involving homicide, narcotics and other violent crimes. Throughout her career, she has handled various complex and media sensitive cases in which she vigorously advocated for victims of crime and child abuse.

Athena is a graduate of Northwestern University and DePaul Law School.