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Hearing Office Database

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The Evanston, Illinois Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) has 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) who conduct hearings.

  • In Evanston The average case processing time is 448 days.
  • In Evanston average for winning a Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability hearing is 45%.

The links below display detailed information on each Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to the Anchorage hearing office.

Updated on Monday, June 15, 2020.

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Evanston, IL 60201

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Office Judges Average Processing Time Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Evanston, IL
9 448 days 1.86 15% 45% 40%
Illinois 383 days 1.96 15% 45% 40%
National Average 416 days 2.02 17% 45% 38%
Hearing Wait Time 13 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.86
Average Processing Time 448 days
Cases Pending 3359
Dispositions 39
Hearings In Person 60%
Video Hearings 40%
Full name Dismissed Approved Denied
Judge Bassett, Lovert F 24% 55% 21%
Judge Bretthauer, Cynthia M 15% 34% 51%
Judge Inouye, Jessica 14% 35% 51%
Judge Johnson, Lana 13% 48% 39%
Judge Kendall, Patricia 3% 47% 50%
Judge Lewin, Lee 24% 39% 37%
Judge Plunkett, Kevin 11% 46% 43%
Judge Vodak, Kevin 14% 52% 34%
Judge Wascher, James D 12% 54% 34%
Reviews about Judges at the EVANSTON hearing office:
To leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page.
Kevin Vodak
Monday, March 25, 2019, 9:45 am
Judge Vodak was fair to a certain point, then he felt that I was exaggerating my mental illnesses for Borderline Personality Disorder/ major depression and subsequently only made me feel more rejected by coming forward and admitting my illness. After 5 years my mental health has not gotten better but believe worse. You will not get SSDI benefits for these things unless you have an attorney from the the start, if then, and they will not represent you if there is no money to be made. BPD is a serious mental illness, yet Judge Vodak, did nothing to recognize it is so. Unless you are or have been hospitalized and have managed to fight your way through without help, you won't get the benefits that you have paid into the system, when you no longer able to have an income, because of the limitations that your illness presents you will get nowhere with filing with the Social Security system.
Kevin Vodak
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:12 am
The judge as with many in the system do not recognize the severity of the symptoms and struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, major depression, and sever anxiety, and in fact, by doing so, make it even worse for the individual suffering through their life this way. Don't waste your time with disability for mental health issues unless you are destitute, because you won't have a chance.
Lee Lewin
Monday, April 4, 2016, 10:42 am
Esad Turkanovic
Had today hearing with judge Lewis lee.seems very good and honest person.she asked me alot questions and was really understanding and professional.thanks,good luck
Cynthia M Bretthauer
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 11:28 am
An absolutely horrible person. She doesn't have one sympathetic bone in her body. Invasive, mentally abusive and crude. She gets a real kick out of breaking the plaintiff down. Especially when they cry. What an awful experience and an awful, heartless person.
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