Judge Anjana Hansen
Born and raised in Chicago, Anjana Hansen is the daughter of immigrants from India and the Philippines. Upon graduation from college, she attended The John Marshall Law School. She obtained her license to practice law in Illinois in 1998.
Anjana began her legal career with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she had the opportunity to be in several different divisions, gaining experience in criminal investigations, appeals, and trial work. The criminal divisions include juvenile, preliminary hearings, Grand Jury, felony review, and the felony trial division. In her last year with the State’s Attorney’s Office, Anjana worked in the civil division where she collaborated with the Cook County Department of Revenue and the Department of Administrative Hearings to implement an administrative hearings process to collect outstanding revenue owed to Cook County. After 12 years, Anjana left the State’s Attorney’s Office to begin her own general practice of law. As part of her solo law practice, she was an Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Evanston. After 4 years in private practice, Anjana was elected to the Circuit Court in Cook County in 2014.
Alongside Anjana’s legal career, she has remained dedicated to serving her community. As a mother, she volunteers regularly at her children’s schools. Each year, Anjana organizes Bike the Ridge in Evanston, a free, family-friendly event, which allows bicyclists of all ages to ride down historic Ridge Avenue without the impediment of vehicular traffic. She served on the City of Evanston’s Community Development Block Grant Committee for 10 years and on the McGaw YMCA’s strategic planning committee for the Children’s Center. She has been an instructor for the Evanston Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy. Volunteering in the community is also a family affair as Anjana, along with her family, delivers meals for Meals on Wheels as well as provides meals for the homeless through Connections for the Homeless. Anjana also has spread her love of public service and civic involvement as a guest at various area elementary and high schools. She continues to live in Evanston where she is raising her 3 children with her husband.