Peoria, Illinois ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Peoria, Illinois, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Peoria, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Peoria is 411 days.The Peoria average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 30%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Peoria ODAR office was last updated on 7/13/2015.

SSA, Peoria ODAR Office
3328 W. Willow Knolls Drive
Peoria, Illinois 61614
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Phone: (309) 689-9710 -- Fax: (309) 689-9782
eFile Fax: (877) 670-6918 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Peoria 8 13.0 months 411 days 2.2 17% 30% 52%
Illinois14.7 months464 days1.619%40%41%
National Average:14.3 months452 days2.118%43%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.23
Average Processing Time 411 days
Cases Pending 4119
Dispositions 2184
New Cases 2583
Hearings In Person 31%
Video Hearings 69%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Deborah E Ellis 42%29%29%
Judge Diane R Flebbe 12%24%64%
Judge Rodger Heaton 23%18%59%
Judge Robert H Schwartz 15%39%46%
Judge David W Thompson 19%24%56%
Judge Shreese M Wilson 19%33%48%
Judge John M Wood 21%30%50%
Judge Susan F Zapf 15%31%54%

Comments about Judges at the Peoria Illinois ODAR office:

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Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 7/2/2015 11:20:26 AM
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This judge is extremely rude and unprofessional. Because I couldn't remember the time frame when I lost a bunch of weight he said I was unreliable and not credible. He also said since I was not credible than my doctor wasn't either. I take a lot of medication and memory loss is I e of the side effects. My lawyer could not believe I was denied with all of my medical problems. Waiting now for Virginia to make a decision on my case and it has been 13 months.a

Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 4/17/2015 9:48:43 AM
Submited By: Susan Osing

I was a nervous wreck and hardly able to speak, I have PTSD and BPD along with many physical ailments (i.e. Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Osteo-Arthritis, Colitis, Migraines). Despite the fact that I could barely speak, and was so nervous, he was extremely RUDE and as it turns out, incredibly BIASED. Even after numerous appeals, this man's negative opinions about my "credibility" still carry a lot of weight. For some of us, Disability is a life and death situation.

Judge: Shreese M Wilson
Date Posted: 3/11/2015 4:05:31 AM
Submited By: Flabbergasted

Completely discounted all my testimony. Also decided my physician (who has been my doc for 26 years) had zero credibility and gave no weight to my never ending paperwork from my doctor. Also seems to be obsessed with obesity. My claim had nothing to do with my bmi, but this judge mentioned it over 20x in my decision. Spoke to me like a condensing child. This women has destroyed me. Good luck if you get this judge. She will treat you like a liar no matter how many doctors back your claim.

Judge: Barbara J Welsch
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 9:05:30 AM
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Adaire v. Colvin. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 18 February 2015. "Nevertheless the administrative law judge (Barbara J. Welsch) concluded that the applicant was capable of doing unskilled light work of a routine and repetitive character and therefore was not disabled." "The administrative law judge's opinion is riddled with errors. Indeed, no criticism that she made of the evidence presented by the applicant and the numerous professionals who had evaluated him was supported by the record. Her principal error, which alone would compel reversal, was the recurrent error made by the Social Security Administration's administrative law judges, and noted in many of our cases, of discounting pain testimony that can't be attributed to "objective" injuries or illnesses—the kind of injuries and illnesses revealed by x-rays." "What makes the error in this case well-nigh incomprehensible is that there was "objective" evidence of pain—plenty of objective evidence"

Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 4:57:27 PM
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He was negative and extremely rude. My attorney was surprised that he denied my case even after he appealed. I am currently waiting for the panel in West Virginia to make a decision and then it goes right back to the same judge. How does this make sense? His denial rate goes up each year!

Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 3/29/2014 8:41:50 PM
Submited By: Kenneth Tennant

No Confidence in this ALJ. Before even looking at my old case file to begin Correcting the CLEAR & UNMISTAKABLE "ERRORS" he claimed that he needed my VA records, which are too numerous for even a team of book worms to digest. The SSA determined disability as far back as 1991, but the ALJ Failed to Follow Established Law & on remand, refused to comply with the directive: REMOVE the mechanical grid. Instead, the previous ALJ attempted to REINFORCE the grid using a deceptive practice (MMPI) contrary to published experts who report this MMPI is "INAPPROPRIATE" for people suffering with non-exertional impairments. I am a 100% "Service-Connected" DISABLED American veteran. I haven't been gainfully employed since being honorable discharged from the military July 2, 1987, and the SSA records clearly show this. For two DECADES I have repeatedly asked for a FAIR & IMPARTIAL & OBJECTIVE Decision Review of my old case to Correct the CLEAR & UNMISTAKABLE ERRORS. Why is this Fully Disabled vet being denied ssdi benefits ? Carolyn Colvin is lip syncing an old worn out tune when promising EXPEDITED PROCESSING or "FAST_TRACKING of SSDI Benefits to Fully Disabled Vets (see Veterans Today article 19 Mar 2014 Top Ten Stories no. 7 & comment by Scott Helmus) The SSA is INCONSISTENT, Overly Adversarial & abusive to US Disabled veterans. Google: Kenneth Tennant (Domestic Terrorism: USA vs Veterans and the First Amendment) & You Tube: AMERICAN VETERAN: Discarded and Forgotten.

Judge: Gerard J Rickert
Date Posted: 3/8/2014 3:16:19 PM
Submited By: elvis

just a note - ALJ Rickert of Peoria IL is a very courteous , gracious man. At no time was he condescending or sarcastic in any of his statements or queries. He was very thorough and went into great detail and asked my attorney for additional proof before he could make a decision, but helped me keep my dignity and did not make me feel like a loser or a bum. When I was stumped by a question I did not fully understand - he moved on, did not embarrass me.

Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 7:22:42 PM
Submited By: Capryce

I just wanted to add I liked Judge Thompson he was very considerate of my feelings I was a nervous wreck but he took the time to calm me down to get through the hearing and I appreciated that very much.I pray that God continue to bless him and his family.

Judge: Robert H Schwartz
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 10:21:06 AM
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Very respectful during the hearing and attentive. Decisions are taking a long time to be made.

Judge: Robert H Schwartz
Date Posted: 9/2/2013 4:15:13 AM
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This judge took my medical files and completely disregarded them. In his expert medical opinion depression, hypothyroid disease, and hashimotos do not cause fatigue. In addition the 14 different medications I am on do not cause fatigue. My PTSD can simply be cured by getting a job. He believes that my not having health insurance and no income should not hold me back from getting medical attention. I agree but unfortunately I cannot find a doctor who thinks so. It took four months for him to say no. It will take a year for me to appeal his ridiculous decision. How am I supposed to survive? I hope he sleeps well at night knowing what he does to people. My nightmares and undiagnosed sleep apnea keep me awake all night long. Now I get to add the stress of being sick and penniless for another year.

Judge: Barbara J Welsch
Date Posted: 6/15/2013 9:16:07 PM
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Judge Welsch completely ignored the opinions of my family doctor, my psychologist and even social security's own psychologist. She cut me off from the very first answer I gave. All she wanted was a yes or no answer. It was like she just wanted to get out of there and go home. She was ruder than Judge Judy and purposely intimidating to a person diagnosed with anxiety disorder. That completely shut me down. I felt prejudged from the moment she began speaking to me. It is a crime that she has not been removed from this position. She has absolutely no knowledge of mental health issues.

Judge: Gerard J Rickert
Date Posted: 5/6/2013 6:33:16 PM
Submited By: Attorney

To make it simple, Judge Rickert is one of the best judges in Peoria ODAR. Very pleasant, friendly, compassionate and objective. Always a pleasure to work with.

Judge: Diane R Flebbe
Date Posted: 3/30/2013 1:34:10 PM
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Judge: John M Wood
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 3:30:35 PM
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Very professional and respectful of the client. Good to work with.

Judge: Timothy Mangrum
Date Posted: 1/21/2013 5:30:44 PM
Submited By: Carol Bailey

Judge Mangrum, my name is carol Bailey I was before you on 1/17/2013. I want to thank-you for your decision at my hearing, you can not imagine the tears of joy that fell down my face when my lawyer told me the results!!May God bless you and your family! Thank-you so much from the bottom of my heart.

Judge: John M Wood
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 12:03:00 PM
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i could of done better

Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 10/27/2012 7:04:59 PM
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This judge needs to retire

Judge: Shreese M Wilson
Date Posted: 10/3/2012 1:44:22 AM
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Nice and pleasant but questions she presents appears to be non-believing of the Claimant

Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 4:09:38 PM
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Incredibly rude and unprofessional.

Judge: Barbara J Welsch
Date Posted: 7/25/2012 6:59:59 PM
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She was very snotty from the get go, looking as if she wanted to call me a liar and kick me out of the room. I could tell she had something against me as soon as she seen how young i was and how i looked.

Judge: Shreese M Wilson
Date Posted: 6/18/2012 6:56:19 AM
Submited By: D T

very considerate questioning, but assumes the applicant is lying.

Judge: Shreese M Wilson
Date Posted: 6/3/2012 11:50:55 AM
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Excellent judge. Always kind and considerate, even when she finds against you.

Judge: Barbara J Welsch
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 10:42:21 AM
Submited By: Chad

Her Allowance rate for 2012 is very low... 17% however, her average over the past 3 years is 41%

Judge: Barbara J Welsch
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 10:00:53 AM
Submited By: Thomas M Henry

Please check your calculations this ALJ has an allowance rate below twenty percent and is the lowest in allowance I believe in the region if not the country. She is a very low allowance rate judge.

Judge: David W Thompson
Date Posted: 3/26/2012 2:54:54 PM
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Very negative ALJ. Appears to have a particular bias against younger individuals