Commissioner Bill Lowry is a lifelong Chicago south-sider, husband of 30 years to Cheryl, proud father of three children, Bill, Jr., Evan, & Clarke, and Cook County’s Commissioner of the 3rd District.
An attorney and president of the law firm Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, Commissioner Lowry has practiced law for over 30 years. Commissioner Lowry also serves on numerous boards including the Boards of Lake Forest College and Loyola University School of Law, where he helped start scholarship funds for students of color. Commissioner Lowry served as Vice Chair of the Illinois Capital Developmental Board, giving voice to the import of true engagement of minority, female and veteran business enterprises.
Commissioner Lowry’s leadership was re-born on January 29, 2013, when the life of a young woman named Hadiya Pendleton was tragically taken by gun violence, just steps from the Commissioner’s backyard. This horrific event led Commissioner Lowry to start The It’s Time Organization, or TITO, a non-violence organization which provided after school programming and summer internships for high school students.
In his role as Cook County Commissioner, Commissioner Lowry works to foster economic development throughout the 3rd District. His premier piece of legislation, the Good Faith Effort Transparency Report, provides governmental transparency and promotes participation for M/W/PBEs (minority, women, and people with disability business enterprises). Another premier piece of Commissioner Lowry’s legislation was forming the Cook County Cannabis Commission, which has a primary goal to ensure that social equity applicants are able to contribute and benefit in this new industry.
Commissioner Lowry collaborates with his colleagues on the Cook County Board of Commissioners and across government, public, and private sectors to provide workforce development & job placement. Commissioner Lowry understands the importance of working to develop strategies to keep our children out of the criminal justice system. Commissioner Lowry supports bail reform and the electronic monitoring program, in addition to job creation and mental healthcare, as violence prevention strategies. He believes that returning citizens need jobs, shelter and transportation to ensure a new start. Commissioner Lowry vows to continue working to ensure affordable healthcare, including mental healthcare, is available for everyone in the 3rd District and Cook County.
Commissioner Lowry strives to provide effective leadership rooted in communication, collaboration and action; and is proud to serve the people of Cook County.