A former Laborers Union member, he has a steadfast commitment to hard work, fairness and justice which he learned at an early age.
His parents, Jim and Geri raised six children in a two-bedroom house on the northwest side of Chicago. Five of the six became teachers, including John, who taught American Government at Triton College and taught law, government, business management and ethics for 14 years at Judson University as an adjunct faculty member.
Judge Noverini graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1976 and earned an Associate Degree in Business and Accounting from Triton College. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Theology at Moody Bible Institute and then continued his education at Northeastern Illinois University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in History. He then attended and graduated from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law.
Upon graduation from law school, Noverini became in-house counsel for American National Bank in Chicago. He spent 10 years in banking, becoming well acquainted with regulatory compliance, trusts, workouts, commercial lending, bankruptcy law and managing litigation.
In 1999, he became involved as an organizer and Director in a newly chartered bank, American Heartland Bank and Trust, located in Sugar Grove. He continued to pursue the practice of law as an adjunct to his banking career and spent 10 years building a general practice specializing in business, banking and real estate law.
Pursuing his interest in dispute resolution, Noverini served 13 years as a Circuit Court Arbitrator. He has always believed strongly in arbitration and mediation as ways to alleviate case backlogs and expedite or bring to resolution civil disputes.
Noverini has a long record of public service, which began with serving on the Carpentersville Zoning Board of Appeals and the Village of Carpentersville Board. He was elected twice to the Kane County Board, representing a northern district of the County. While on the Board, Noverini served as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. He was also a member of the Judicial and Public Safety Committee and the Criminal Justice Steering Committee where he was involved in numerous key policy and oversight issues.
In his role as a Kane County Forest Preserve Commissioner, Noverini pursued his goal of preserving open space for public use. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the Brunner Farm, the largest acquisition of open space in the county’s history.
Noverini has served his community as Chair and Board Member of the Elgin/Carpentersville Salvation Army. He was inspired to become active with the Salvation Army after he saw members assisting first responders at Ground Zero after the September 11th attacks. When he learned Carpentersville did not have a Salvation Army corps, Noverini started an initiative to create one. It provided struggling families with food, clothing, utility and rent assistance.
He also served as a volunteer with Administer Justice, which provides legal aid to low-income people struggling with a variety of challenges in housing, employment and health care. They have Justice Centers and Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics around the United States.
Noverini made history in the 2008 General Election when he and another Democratic candidate became the first Democrats elected Judge in Kane County. Judge Noverini has long advocated for more diversity on the bench and in the legal profession; providing guidance to students from all backgrounds looking to enter the field.
Noverini is also a multi engine rated commercial pilot. Fascinated by the Apollo 11 moon landing as a child, Noverini studied aviation and got his pilot’s license at 19. He has been married for 24 years to Saray Rodriguez who he met at a church activity. Together they have travelled to 35 countries around the globe and have done charitable work with orphanages and other non-profit organizations.
Judge Noverini has been honored to serve his community as a Judge and will be honored to serve all the people of the State of Illinois on its Supreme Court.