Bridget Degnen grew up in Edgebrook, a neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. Her family firmly believed that the privilege of holding public office is about improving the community. Those experiences shaped her, and Bridget became committed to Chicago’s neighborhoods. She now lives with her husband and son in North Center, on Chicago’s north side. She’s active in the local school district and frequently volunteers in the community. She feels more committed than ever to our neighborhoods.
Bridget’s undergraduate degree in environmental engineering helped hone her analytical thinking and problem-solving. After college, Bridget learned invaluable life skills while serving in the United States Peace Corps, in Mali, West Africa. She then worked for several years as an environmental engineer, directing field crews throughout North America. The summary of those experiences inspired her to attend Loyola Law School. Bridget has practiced law in both the private and public sectors.
The Cook County Board governs the County healthcare system, infrastructure and the forest preserves. Its financial health is vitally important to our community and it needs attention. Bridget’s dedication to keeping our neighborhoods safe, supporting the health care system, and maintaining the Forest Preserve environment are just a few of the reasons she’s running for Cook County Board.
Bridget has a deep understanding of public health after serving as the deputy general counsel of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Since 2013, Bridget has worked on the most innovative and compassionate approach to health care in Illinois while regulating dispensaries licensed under Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. She has gained a reputation as a firm but fair regulator, helping serve patients with debilitating conditions like cancer and terminal illness.
While working, raising a son who attends public school, and staying involved in our community, Bridget has regrettably seen some local politicians stray from public service. As we confront important issues such as higher crime, economic disparity, and budget shortfalls, Bridget believes we need someone to work for us to connect our neighborhoods, not divide them. Bridget Degnen is the person who can make that difference. She hopes you will support her as our next Cook County Commissioner in District 12.