Dan Maloney has served in various capacities during his legal career of almost two decades.

However, being a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Maloney said, is a special honor, and he is running to keep his seat in next year’s election.

Maloney, a Beverly native, is running to be elected as circuit judge in the third subcircuit of Cook County, which he was appointed to by the Illinois Supreme Court in February after the retirement of Judge Denise Filan.

The son of retired state Sen. Ed Maloney (D-18th), who served from 2003 to 2013, Dan Maloney is an Evergreen Park resident and also worked as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney and a division counsel for the Chicago office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Becoming a judge, however, was always a goal for Maloney.

“The judiciary has always been the pinnacle of my profession,” Maloney said. “It was too good of an opportunity. … It’s just an honor to be on the bench and serve the people of Illinois.”

Citizens for Judge Dan Maloney hosted a campaign kick-off party on June 27 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, and about 600 people attended.

Maloney, who works in Markham in the Sixth Municipal District, was officially appointed on Feb. 8 and will remain as judge until at least Dec. 7, 2020.

If he wins in the March Democratic primary election, then the November general election, he will begin a six-year term.

Maloney worked as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for 16 years, supervising the Complex Narcotics Unit. In 2017, he began working for the DEA, assisting in legal matters in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Maloney graduated from St. John Fisher Elementary School in 1990 and Br. Rice High School in 1994. He was valedictorian at Br. Rice and captained the Crusaders’ 1994 basketball team that won the program’s first sectional championship—thanks to his 3-pointer at the buzzer against Mt. Carmel.

He went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame, then earn his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, where he was note editor of the school’s law review.

Maloney will appear on the ballot in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood, as well as several other South Side neighborhoods and nearby suburbs, including Evergreen Park.

He said he is grateful for the wide support he received at the campaign kick-off—from friends old and new.

“I have new judges I’ve just met in the last month as well as kids I went to kindergarten with 37 years ago,” Maloney said. “To have that support is phenomenal. It’s unique, I think, to our community.”

He credited his wife, Claire, and two children, J.D. and Lucy, for their support in preparing for his campaign.

“It’s almost a full-time job for my wife,” Maloney said. “My kids have been putting up with my crazy schedule. … It’s been busy—it’ll be busy through March.”