Audrey was born in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, and was raised in West Lawn of Chicago’s 13th Ward. Audrey now resides in the Independence Park section of Irving Park where she has lived for 15 years.
At the young age of 12, Audrey started working as a kitchen assistant with her grandfather, a cook, every evening after school and on Saturday mornings. She has worked in the restaurant industry at many different locations throughout her elementary, high school and college years. Throughout law school, Audrey worked as a bartender at Blackie’s in the South Loop, and as a holiday season waitress at the Walnut Room in Chicago to help pay her tuition. She has also worked at the financial aid office at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the alumni office at John Marshal Law School, and clerked at private law firms- like Sulzer and Shapiro as well as Phelan, Pope and John. Audrey has also worked as a research assistant at the City of Chicago Department of Ethics under the supervision of Ertharin Cousin, who is the former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.
Growing up, Audrey attended Chicago Public Schools such as Curie HS on the Southwest side. She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a double major in Political Science and Psychology. She was an elected student member to the UIC Senate and University of Illinois Board of Trustees. After her undergraduate education, Audrey attended The John Marshall Law School (JMLS) and graduated with a law degree (J.D.)
Audrey has been married to fellow attorney, Thomas Cosgrove, since 1996. She has a 20 year old daughter, Chloe, who is a theatre student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a 15 year old son, Tommy, who is a Chicago Public School High School sophomore. From 2013 through 2019, Audrey has fostered 4 children through Lawrence Hall Youth Services. Her older brother, Paul, is an electrical engineer in San Diego, CA and works in the aerospace industry. Her younger sister, Alexandra, is a safety manager at Comcast in Schaumburg, IL.
For almost 9 years, Audrey worked as an attorney at the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. She started in child protection court representing parents accused of abusing and neglecting their children. Audrey took progressively more complex assignments until finally, she was assigned to a felony trial room at 26th and California. After this, Audrey headed her own law practice for 19 years where she worked in criminal defense, juvenile court, real estate law, traffic court, family law, and as an administrative law judge for several State agencies. Her practice achieved certification with Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and had contracts to work for the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois State Police Merit Board, Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Tollway. Audrey is now employed as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel at the Illinois Department of Labor, where she protects Illinois workers.
Audrey Victoria Cosgrove Democrat for Cook County Judge 2020
Audrey was a participating board member of the Pulaski-Elston Business Association before being appointed Vice President and, later, President.