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"Thank you to my supporters, campaign team, and ultimately the voters who showed confidence to vote for me as the Democratic Nominee for the 3rd District Appellate Court Judge in the 2022 Primary Election." "Now let's go for the big WIN on November 8th!"

Sonni Choi Williams

Candidate for 3rd District Appellate Judge

Sonni Choi Williams is a candidate for 3rd District Appellate Judge, which covers Bureau, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Will Counties in Illinois. Sonni is a highly respected attorney in Illinois, and she was recently elected the 3rd Vice President for the Illinois State Bar Association. She has dedicated 23 years of her legal career working as a public servant. She has served the City of Lockport as its City Attorney since 2017, and prior to that, she served the City of Peoria for nearly 18 years at all levels of legal capacity.

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What Sonni's Supporters Say

  • Dick Durbin“Sonni Choi Williams’ 23-year record as a public defender, a prosecutor, a defender of first-responders and police officers, and an advocate for equal...”

    - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

  • Dick DurbinSonni Choi Williams has dedicated her career to serving the voiceless and vulnerable. As a board member for Prairie State Legal Services, she ensured...

    - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

  • Today, I am endorsing Sonni Choi Williams in her election for the Judge of the 3rd District Appellate Court. She knows that real leadership...

    - Congressman Sean Casten

  • The people of Illinois need Sonni Choi Williams on our Appellate court. She brings with her vast legal experience, humility, empathy, and a lifetime...

    - Rep. Natalie A. Manley

  • Sonni has been active in the community for years and her service on and support of organizations such as Prairie State Legal Services that provides free legal...

    - State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel

  • I am pleased to support Sonni Choi Williams for the 3rd District Appellate Court. Sonni is an exceptional candidate because of her broad legal experience...

    - Will County Board Member Denise Winfrey

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Sonni has extensive experience in bench and jury trials. Her wide-range experience includes criminal and civil matters in state and federal courts. In addition, she has argued cases before the 3rd District Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court, and the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has served as a presenter, a moderator, and/or a planner for numerous legal seminars. Sonni not only serves as a Board member of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education which provides high quality education for attorneys, but she also serves on its Local Government Law Institute. She is also a past Board member of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association (“ILGL”) and has received its Annual Achievement Award. For over seven years, Sonni has served as a Hearing Panel chair member on the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (“ARDC”) overseeing disciplinary cases against attorneys on allegations of misconduct. As a hearing chair, Sonni has experience similar to judges in court, overseeing cases assigned to her, ruling on motions, and working with other hearing panel members in deliberations after full hearings (trials).



Sonni’s drive to serve and give back to the community comes from her humble upbringing as an immigrant from Seoul, South Korea. Her parents labored hard as blue-collar workers to put food on the table and provide for their family in the best way that they knew how. Her mother cleaned restaurants late at night, and her father worked in the pressroom at a local newspaper. Sonni’s parents raised their children to work hard, to have empathy for others, to give back to the community, and to be grateful for all their blessings while understanding that there are others who are not so fortunate.


Public Service

Sonni’s dedication to helping others includes serving on the Board of Prairie State Legal Services, the largest not-for-profit agency in the state that provides free legal services to the vulnerable members of the community, including senior citizens and those who cannot afford private attorneys. Her service to the PSLS Board and other organizations such as the Illinois Bar Foundation that help provide equal access to justice, her extensive and well-rounded legal experience, and her humble upbringing make Sonni Choi Williams the best candidate to be the next Appellate Judge in the 3rd District.



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