I am running for Democratic Circuit Judge of the 2nd Judicial Subcircuit of Will County. I have practiced law for over thirty years, including approximately twelve years with the Office of the Will
County Public Defender. I served
four of those twelve years as a Felony Supervisor defending
clients of charges ranging from minor traffic and misdemeanor offenses to First Degree Murder, including one of the last Death Penalty cases charged
in Will County.
I have also been a prosecutor and served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. My positions as both an Assistant Attorney General and as an Assistant Public Defender Felony Supervisor have created a balanced experience to draw upon to satisfy the demanding requirements of the bench.
Born and raised on the East Side of Joliet, I attended all Joliet
public elementary schools: A.O. Marshall Elementary School, Gompers Junior High
School, and Joliet East High School (President of Student Counsel), before
graduating from Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois
School of Law.
experience includes: counseling State Senators and Representatives at the Capitol
in Springfield and drafting legislation for those same legislators; serving in
the General Counsel’s Office of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community
Affairs, an economic development executive agency under the jurisdiction of the
Governor; facilitating continuing legal
education seminars for judges with the Administrative Office of the Illinois
Supreme Court; and practicing labor law when representing Chief Judges of
various Judicial Circuits in labor disputes and negotiations.
I also served as an intern in Washington, D.C.,
with a United States Senator and was the first program intern to be offered a
full time staff position, which I declined in order to accept a scholarship at
the University of Illinois College of Law.
My labor experience also includes serving as a Union Steward for the International Brotherhood of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 126, and as a current Union Steward for the International Brotherhood of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 124.Civic Background
- Union Steward for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 126 and Local 124, for the Office of the Will County Public Defender.
- Proud member of Sons of The American Legion, Post 1080, where 9 members of my family, including my father and eight uncles, served in the Armed Services, including one uncle who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the jungles of Vietnam.
- Juvenile Intervention Program: participant in intervention of minors at risk upon first offense.
- Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Judge for Lewis University Moot Court Competition.
- Board of Directors, Spanish Community Center.
- Mexican American Coalition of Will County: founding member of a not for profit organization that has spearheaded local fundraising efforts for a new baseball field for over two hundred community boys and girls; the Spanish Community Center, a United Way Agency; and the Mexican Independence Day Parade.
My father, Benjamin Ferreira Sr., served on the first Board of Directors of the Spanish Community Center (a United Way agency), and that civic commitment continues fifty years later with my placement on the same Board of Directors of the Spanish Community Center.
With over 30 years of legal experience, I have drafted the laws of this State, prosecuted those who have violated the laws of this State, and defended members of the Community who have been charged with violating the laws of this State. I have served at every level of government: County, State, and Federal, and served with the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government. I have served with the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court, and with a Governor’s executive agency. I would bring to the bench what would be the broadest, deepest experience one could possibly bring to the demanding requirements of the bench.
For more information, send email to Stewart5309@att.net or call 815-557-8497.