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Jerry Joyce

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Jerry Joyce
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Joyce in 2019
BornJeremiah Joyce Jr.
🏡 ResidenceBeverly, Chicago
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationYale University (Bachelor's degree), Loyola University Chicago (JD)
💼 Occupation
👴 👵 Parent(s)Jeremiah E. Joyce (father)
👪 RelativesKevin Joyce (brother)

Jeremiah Joyce Jr.,[1] known as Jerry Joyce, is an American attorney and politician. He ran for mayor of Chicago in 2019.

Early life and education[edit]

Joyce is the son of former Chicago alderman Jeremiah E. Joyce.[2] He is the brother of former Illinois State Representative Kevin Joyce.

Joyce graduated from Marist High School in 1987.[3][4][5] While at Marist, Joyce was a member of both the football and wrestling teams.[4] In his senior year, the football team won the state championships and the wrestling team took the state title.[4]

Joyce received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in economics and political science.[2][4][5] He continued to wrestle and play football while at Yale.[4][5][6] He captained Yale's varsity wrestling team.[5]

Joyce received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.[2][5]


Joyce works as an attorney and a lobbyist.[2][7]

Joyce was once a small-business owner.[5]

Joyce worked as an assistant state's attorney on the executive staff of the Cook County State's Attorney office.[2]

Joyce currently works in private legal practice.[5]

Political career[edit]

2019 Chicago mayoral campaign[edit]

In what was his first bid for elected office, Joyce ran in Chicago's 2019 mayoral election.[2]

Joyce initially challenged the validity of signatures on the candidature petition of candidate Bill Daley, but ultimately withdrew his challenge.[8][9]

Joyce was seen to be positioning himself as a "law and order" candidate.[10] Daley and Joyce were seen to be each competing for similar kinds of voters.[11]

In late-January, a month before the election, the two publicly released polls that included Joyce showed him polling at roughly 1%.[12][13][14] However, by mid-February, Joyce's campaign had conducted a poll which showed him garnering 10% of the vote,[15] and a poll conducted by Change Research within a week of the election showed him polling at 8%.[16]

Joyce ultimately placed seventh in the initial round of the election, with 7.2% of the vote.[17] He was the top-performing candidate in four of the city's wards (Wards 13, 19, 23, and 41).[17]

Failing to advance to the runoff, Joyce subsequently endorsed Lori Lightfoot.[18]

Prospective subsequent political endeavors[edit]

Joyce was speculated as a potential candidate to run for Cook County State's Attorney in 2020,[19] but declined to run.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Joyce lives in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago.[2] Joyce married his wife, Jannine, in 1999.[4] Jannine Joyce is a pediatrician.[4] They have four children together named Jeremiah, Karina, Christian, and Keyli.[2][4]

Joyce has remained involved at high school alma mater Marist, even having been their assistant football coach in the mid-1990s.[4]

Charitable work[edit]

Joyce established the Tom Walsh Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the deceased former Chicago police officer and former Chief of Courts for Cook County.[4]

Joyce has been a supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.[4]


  1. Spielman, Fran (27 August 2018). "Jeremiah Joyce Jr. for mayor? Son of 19th Ward power broker might challenge Rahm". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Who is Jerry Joyce?". Chicago Tribune. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  3. Board, CST Editorial (28 January 2019). "Mayoral candidate Jerry Joyce". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 "Time & Eternity: Jerry Joyce '87 - Alumni | Marist High School". www.marist.net. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "Chicago Mayor Candidate: Jerry Joyce". ABC7 Chicago. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  6. DeFillippis, Matt (16 February 1990). "Matmen brace for Yale, Harvard meets". Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  7. Bremer, Shelby (19 February 2019). "Chicago Mayor Election Preview: 14 Candidates Jockey to Make April Runoff". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  8. Kapos, Shia; Hurst, Adrienne (13 December 2018). "JOYCE retreats so DALEY's on ballot — INVESTORS 'cautiously optimistic' about pension plan — FERRO and a $2.5M settlement". Politico. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  9. "Joyce Drops Challenge of Daley's Petitions As Mayoral Race Gets Heated". NBC Chicago. 13 December 2018.
  10. McClell, Edward (21 February 2019). "So Who Should I Vote For?". Chicago magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  11. "A broken alliance: Did Jerry Joyce spoil Bill Daley's mayoral bid?". Chicago Tribune. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  12. Dr. Willie Wilson (February 1, 2019). "Dr. Willie Wilson on Twitter: "Victory Research Poll @nbcchicago @ABC7Chicago @cbschicago @fox32news @WVON1690 @wttw @WBBMNewsradio @wlsam890 @V103 @v103chicago @WGCI @1075wgci @WVON1690 @Power92Chicago @ChicagoPower92 @1063Chicago @B96Chicago @TheJamTVShow @GoodDayChicago @wsoeorg @Chicago_NC @WGNRadioNews‌"". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  13. "Poll jam: Preckwinkle, Daley inch ahead as all 14 struggle to crack 13 percent". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  14. "Sun Times Chicago Mayoral Jan 2019 Draft | Opinion Poll | Margin Of Error". Scribd. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  15. "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  16. Loria, Jane (February 24, 2019). "Three-Way Tie on the Eve of Chicago's Mayoral Election". Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "2019 Municipal General - 2/26/19". Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  18. Ahern, Mary Ann (17 March 2019). "'Chuy' Garcia, Jerry Joyce Endorse Lori Lightfoot for Chicago Mayor". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  19. Kapos, Shia; Hurst, Adrienne (28 February 2019). "BUSINESS angst about the mayor's race — JOYCE's next move — WHITE VOTE that propelled 2 black women". Politico. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  20. Byrne, John (27 March 2019). "Jerry Joyce not considering a 2020 run for Kim Foxx's job, but says Smollett case 'doesn't jibe with what we know'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 December 2019.

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