John Fitzgerald Lyke, Jr for Circuit Court Judge
John Fitzgerald Lyke, Jr. is a lifelong Chicago-area resident. John was raised on the South-side of Chicago, in the Robert Taylor housing project and Englewood communities. While growing up poor and the youngest and only son of a single-mother of six, John dreamed of becoming a lawyer and ultimately a Judge.
He graduated from Kenwood Academy High School, then enlisted in the United State’s Army. While in the Army, John was made a Squad Leader in Basic Training at the tender age of 17. He went on to earn a Marksman Rifle Award, Expert Grenade Medal, Army Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After two years in the regular Army, John enlisted in the Illinois National Guard where he served 4 years and was Honorably Discharged.
John worked at the United States Postal Service for approximately 5 years, earning money to pay his way through college. John worked at the post office during the day and attended Chicago State University at night. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, Cum Laude from Chicago State University. John then set out to achieve his lifelong dream and attended IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
John helped pay for law school by working at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the day and going to law school at night. After earning his law degree from Kent in 1990, he then joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney. As a prosecutor, John worked in the SAO’s Traffic Division, Juvenile Division, Felony Review Division, Homicide/Sex Unit, Grand Jury Unit, Felony Trial Division and as a Special Prosecutor in the Southside Community Prosecutions Division.
After approximately 6 years in the State’s Attorney’s Office, John became the owner and founder of The Law Office of John Fitzgerald Lyke, Jr. where his office concentrated in Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights. John, along with Larry Rogers, Sr., represented Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Father Michael Plegler after their arrest for trespassing in Riverdale. John and Larry were successful in getting said charges dismissed. John and Larry Rogers, Jr. successfully represented and unarmed man in Rockford, Illinois in a wrongful death case. The young man was unarmed and shot and killed by a Rockford police officer inside of a church. John and Larry were able to recover over a million dollars for that man’s family. For 15 years, John successfully represented thousands of poor and disadvantaged clients. John’s law office was located in the Hyde Park community.
In July 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed John to the Circuit Court of Cook County. John was sworn in on Thursday, July 16 and immediately got to work for the people of Cook County and worked the next day on Friday, July 17, 2015. Judge Lyke is presently assigned to the First Municipal District, in Traffic Court.
Additionally, John has always been a public servant. John worked as a Deputy Hearing Commissioner, for the City of Chicago, in the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing. Where he presided over trials and hearings involving disputes between the city and liquor business owners. John also was a Part-Time Professor for Harold Washington College for approximately six years. He taught Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Law and Procedure and Constitutional Law. John was elected to the Beasley Academy Local School Council where he served for approximately 5 years and 3 years as the Chairperson.
Furthermore, John has been a guest speaker at Operation PUSH, Kenwood Academy, Chicago State University, and Sherman Elementary School. John is active in church and youth football.
John is married and the father of three boys and a girl.