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 was a participating board member of the Pulaski-Elston Business Association before being appointed Vice President and, later, President.
Audrey is a first generation American of Polish descent. Her parents came to the United States through Ellis Island after WWII as displaced persons with the support of Catholic Charities. Audrey’s father, Ted Bas, was in the US Air Force during the Korean War and was an MP stationed in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Later, he worked as a mechanical engineer at Central Steel and Wire Co. on Chicago’s southwest side. He never attended college, but learned drafting through apprenticeship. Audrey’s mother, Victoria Antoniewska, attended, but did not graduate from, what is now UIC, and later worked at a bridal shop, jewelry store and in customer service at a bank. Ted and Victoria met in a dance hall in Chicago.
Audrey is currently Secretary of The Advocates Society, a Chicago bar association for attorneys of Polish descent. She danced with the acclaimed Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Group, and is still an active member of the Polish National Alliance and Polish Roman Catholic Union. In her youth, Audrey was a camp counselor at the Polish National Alliance Youth Camp and a runner-up in the Miss Polonaise pageant.
Audrey and her family have been a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Chicago for 12 years, and she now serves as an Extraordinary Minister, Book Club member and a former Children’s Liturgy teacher. Audrey is the former president of the St. Benedict Preparatory School Board and is also a member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild.
In her neighborhood, Audrey is an active member of the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA), and Farmers Market volunteer. She is also a 3 year Board member of the Independence Park Advisory Council, and a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) campus liaison for Disney II Magnet HS.
Audrey is a Certified Illinois Master Gardener through the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension and has recently been appointed 45th Ward Ambassador for Advocates for Urban Agriculture.
Audrey is a pro-bono attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center, where she has been representing children in asylum and DACA cases for 8 years. She is a volunteer with Women Everywhere, which is a group of judges and attorneys that provide legal services to those without access to justice, and introduces Chicago HS students to job opportunities in the justice system.
Audrey lived in Puerto Rico for 1 year with her family when her husband took a temporary assignment as a Federal Defense Attorney. While there, she became licensed as an attorney in the US District Court for the District of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Audrey was a member of the Illinois Capital Trial Bar for 10 years, from its founding and until the death penalty was abolished in Illinois.
Audrey holds a Green Belt in Seido Karate at Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self Defense Center NFP and for 2 years has also served as a Board Member of this not for profit.
For the last three years, Audrey has been an annual speaker at the North River Commission, teaching local school groups the nuts and bolts of forming a not for profit, “Friends of,” group in their neighborhood school.
While in college, Audrey volunteered at the Anti-Cruelty Society. Which led to her fostering dogs through Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue as an adult. Every spring, she ran cage bedding drives, which she would donate to Chicago Animal Care and Control.