WHERE SHE COMES FROM
Aileen Bhandari is a lifelong resident of Chicago and a Democrat. She is a second generation Indian and Filipino American and was raised by her loving and devoted parents on the Northwest side of Chicago along with her 5 siblings. Ms. Bhandari attended Our Lady of Victory Grammar school, graduated from Notre Dame High School for Girls with honors and attended Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Bhandari also received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law where she was Student Bar Association President.
A THRIVING CAREER
Ms. Bhandari has gained valuable knowledge and experience which will aid her as a Judge. She has prosecuted cases for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago, Illinois for over 16 years. As an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Felony Trial Division, she has prosecuted a litany of felony cases including Murder, Attempt Murder, Sexual Assaults, and Financial Crimes. She has handled well over 300 bench trials and over 40 jury trials. Ms. Bhandari has been found Recommended, Qualified or Highly Qualified by 13 different Bar associations for Circuit Court Judge and found Qualified by the Chicago Bar Association.
Ms. Bhandari has continued her service to the legal community with her participation with several bar associations. She was elected to the Board of Directors as Treasurer and past Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the South Asian Bar Association. Currently, she is President-Elect for the South Asian Bar Association and on the Board of Directors for the Filipino Lawyers Association of Chicago. Ms. Bhandari is an Honorary Board member of the Asian American Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is also President of the National Asian Pacific Islanders Prosecutor’s Association Chicago Region.
As part of her dedication and service to her community Ms. Bhandari has mentored many law students over the years, participated in being a panelists on a variety of legal topics and has participated in Lawyers on the Classroom. Ms. Bhandari also serves as a member of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s Lunar Celebration and served as a Co-Chair for the Political Forum. Other activities include serving on the Asian American Advisory Council for former State Treasurers as well as the Asian Advisory Council for the County State’s Attorney.
COMMUNITY & FAMILY
Throughout her career and Ms. Bhandari has dedicated her time and efforts to diversity and social justice. Ms. Bhandari's commitment to diversity began at Loyola University where she served as President of the Indian Students Association and a member of the Council of Pan Asian Americans . She also spearheaded planning for the University’s annual Unity in Diversity week for several years. For the last 20 years she has participated in voter registration drives, pro bono clinics, immigration and naturalization clinics, expungement expos and served the homeless on Thanksgiving Day in the Uptown neighborhood. Ms. Bhandari is married with three children and thankful for all their love and support.