On Tuesday, September 12, 2023, the Executive Committee of the Circuit Court of Cook County vacated a previous order restricting Judge Gregory E. Ahern Jr.’s duties. Judge Ahern had been assigned to restricted duties in the office of the Presiding Judge of the First Municipal District under Special Order 2023-121, dated August 25, 2023.

The original order was issued after it was reported on August 15, 2023, that Judge Ahern had used social media to express support for comments that could reasonably be interpreted as suggesting bias or prejudice based on race, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Such expressions were seen to potentially undermine his judicial independence, integrity, or impartiality.

However, the Judicial Inquiry Board informed the court on September 11, 2023, that it had concluded its investigation into the allegations against Judge Ahern. The Board reported that no further action was warranted and the matters were now closed.

As a result, the Executive Committee issued Special Order 2023-126 on September 12, 2023. This order vacated the previous restrictions and reassigned Judge Ahern to the Domestic Relations Division, effectively returning him to his regular judicial duties. The order took effect immediately.

According to Ballotpedia, Gregory Emmett Ahern Jr. is an associate judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He was first elected to the bench as a circuit judge in 2012. He was appointed as an associate judge in 2014 and reappointed in 2015 and 2019.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.