Judge since: 2006
McGing is assigned to the tax section; he hears cases related to eminent domain, challenges to various taxes, employment issues, and discrimination matters. Before becoming a judge, McGing worked as a partner at a private firm handling workers’ compensation and personal injury matters. He also served in various high-level positions in the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, as well as legal counsel and campaign manager to former Sheriff Michael Sheahan.
Bar Association ratings
This year: The CBA rated McGing as qualified, and the CCL rated him as well qualified, noting that “he is respectful to all who appear before him, and he is reported to issue thorough, thoughtful, and accurate decisions.” The CCL added “he has worked for systemic improvements in the court system.” The ISBA recommended McGing for retention.
Past: In 2012, McGing received positive evaluations from CCL, CBA, and ISBA.
Notable: McGing was implicated, though never charged, in a campaign finance scandal when he was campaign manager for Sheriff Michael Sheahan. The Chicago Tribune reported in December 2003 that McGing appeared to have instructed employees to skirt rules by using the names of relatives to make donations to the campaign. The paper later reported McGing and others were “elected due in part to the politically influential support of former Sheriff Michael Sheahan.”