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“I have lived in Cook County my entire life. I love Cook County, and I’m going to work hard to make our County a great place to live, work, shop and raise a family!” – Paul J. Montes II

I am a lifetime resident of the City of Chicago and have lived in the 2nd District of Cook County Illinois for more than twenty-two years. I bring a unique perspective to civic and business life serving both public, non-profit and private sectors. My philanthropic interests include, but are not limited, to improving the health, living conditions and education of children and economic development through revitalizing communities. My interest in public service began while I was an intern for U.S. Representative Charles Hayes, in college. Behind the scenes I have continued to serve my community at the board/decision making level in organizations, including Bronzeville Children’s Museum, Young Adult Board of DuSable Museum, Provident Foundation, Habitat Chicago For Humanity (formally Windy City Habitat For Humanity), Children at the Crossroads Foundation and Community Services West High School. I have been married to my wife of twenty-two years and am the proud father of teen-age fraternal twins.

The Important Issues Facing Cook County:

  • Government Accountability
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Health Care
  • Conservation and Environment
Years of Legal Experience
Years of Business Eexperience
Years in Community Service in a Decision Making Level
Years resided in 2nd District of Cook County Illinois


I have more than 26 years of legal and business experience. I am a general business law practitioner, with an emphasis in the areas of small institutions (non and not for profit), business law and real estate matters. In addition, my practice includes election law, probate & estate planning, government relations and advocacy at the state and local levels. I have represented candidates in election law and campaign finance matters. I have also served as campaign manager and advisor for numerous candidates in local elections I have served as president and CEO of a small size Chicago real estate brokerage, management and development company. I am licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.


I earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Cum Laude, from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After which I attended Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where I received a Juris Doctor degree in Law (JD). I am licensed to practice in Illinois and have been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.