Hon. Bonnie M. Wheaton
Class of 1978
Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of Illinois
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Wheaton, IL
Bonnie Wheaton is presiding of the Chancery Division in the Circuit Court of Illinois, 18th Circuit in DuPage County. She was elected circuit judge in 1992 and retained in 1998. Prior to her election, Wheaton served appointments as circuit judge and associate judge. She is the former supervising judge of mandatory arbitration for the 18th Judicial Circuit for the State of Illinois and a former partner of the firm Wylie, Wheaton & Assoc. P.C. Wheaton received her B.A. cum laude from Carleton College in 1966, her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan in 1968, and her J.D. magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1978.
Judge Wheaton is a member of the DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations. She served on the DuPage County Bar Association's Board of Directors, as chair of the Legal Aid, Entertainment, Younger Members, and Scholarship Committees and as a member of the Judiciary Committee. She is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers. She served as a member of the Inquiry Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and as a member of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court Rules Committee. Wheaton serves on the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee and is a judicial performance evaluation facilitator.
Judge Wheaton has authored several law journal articles and has lectured at the Associate Judges Seminar, Criminal Law Section, the IICLE Seminar on Mandatory Arbitration, and the Illinois Judicial Conference on Economic Distress.
Wheaton has also been an active member of her community serving on the Boards of Directors of the Metropolitan Family Service DuPage & Wyndemere Retirement Community, the Wheaton Public Library, B.R. Ryall YMCA, and BASIC Child Care Center. In addition, she was a founding member of and volunteer social worker for the Far West Planned Parenthood Clinic. She is a cellist in the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.
Among the numerous awards she has received are the YWCA Outstanding Woman Leader (1994), the Lewis University Distinguished Alumni Award (1991), and the Illinois Woman of Distinction (2000).