For Immediate Release
Friday, July 31, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed the Independent Juvenile Ombudsman. He has also made appointments to the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership and the Illinois Finance Authority.
Name: Kathleen Bankhead
Position: Independent Juvenile Ombudsman
Governor Bruce Rauner has named Kathleen Bankhead the Independent Juvenile Ombudsman. Her extensive and diverse background in criminal justice makes her an excellent candidate for this position.
Bankhead has been with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office since 1990. She began her career as an assistant state’s attorney in the juvenile justice division, and now serves as an assistant state’s attorney for the South Side Community Justice Center. In this role, Bankhead prosecutes adult felony offenses. She also collaborates with other government agencies, community organizations and residents to prevent and solve problems.
In addition to her work at the State’s Attorney’s Office, Bankhead is an engaged member of the community. She is Vice President of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, President of the Thornton Township High School Alumni Legacy Fund and a member for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Disproportionate Minority Contract Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association and the National Black Prosecutors Association.
Bankhead holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bradley University and a law degree from ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law. She lives in Markham.