Judge since: 2012
Maloney is known for his expertise in DUI law and has litigated many cases involving DUI arrests, served on related task forces, and helped to craft legislation on the issue. Maloney presides over probable cause hearings in felony cases. Before becoming a judge, Maloney worked in private practice for more than 33 years, primarily on criminal defense and administrative review cases. He spent more than two decades of that time also working as general counsel for the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association Union.
Bar Association ratings
This year: Both the CCL and CBA rated Maloney as qualified, and the ISBA recommended him for retention. The CCL said Maloney “is considered to be exceptionally knowledgeable about his area of the law, and has good legal ability. He has a good temperament.”
Past: Maloney received positive ratings from the CCL, CBA, and ISBA in 2012.
Notable: Prior to becoming a judge, Maloney was connected to controversy while serving as president of the board of trustees of the Lyons Township School Treasurer’s Office from 2005 to 2012. He resigned from the elected post during his run for judge as the organization’s treasurer was found to have improperly paid himself, and eventually embezzled roughly $1.5 million over two decades, the Better Government Association reported. Maloney maintained that he and the two other trustees knew nothing about the theft of the school funds as the trustees were criticized for not exerting more oversight.