Jacob Meister

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Jacob will be one of the first LGBTQ countywide executive officeholder in Illinois


Jacob Meister has been a practicing attorney in Chicago for 29 years. Meister is also the founder and chairman of the Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), a leading non-profit statewide civil rights organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights of LGBTQ people around the state. Among its programs, TCRA helps victims of discrimination in the workplace and advocates for LGBTQ policy in Springfield. In his role as Chairman of TCRA, Meister served on the steering committee of Illinois Unites for Marriage, the successful statewide campaign that made marriage equality a reality in Illinois.

Meister has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the Country. His experience around the country has given him extensive knowledge of how different court systems are operated and managed (or mismanaged). In this regard, Meister has become increasingly angered at the mismanagement of the Cook County Clerk of Court’s office and he firmly believes that, as the second largest unified court system in the nation, the Cook County Courts should be leading in technology and efficiency.

Meister has been deeply involved in government and Democratic electoral politics since a young age. He was employed in the United States House of Representatives and was a Law Clerk for the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Judiciary and Consumer Affairs. Meister continues to be generous with his time and resources for a host of Democratic candidates and progressive cause.

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