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Judicial Races Matter. Remember To Vote.

gavelIn the State of Illinois, our state court judges are elected. This means that citizens decide who is responsible for ensuring justice is delivered in courtrooms across the state.

The right of citizens to elect our judges is also a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Citizens should strive to elect the most qualified judges because of the impact judges have on our daily lives. This impact goes from the obvious–a judge deciding your traffic ticket, divorce or custody case, contract dispute– to a judge deciding whether a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 48th Ward Democratic Party recently assembled a committee consisting of citizens whose mission was to evaluate judicial candidates and make recommendations based on the candidates’ qualifications.

In arriving at its recommendations, the Committee evaluated the candidates by in-person interviews (the committee did not recommend any candidate that did not participate in the interview process), review of resumes, and bar association ratings.

The following are the findings of the Judicial Review Committee of the 48th Ward Democratic Party

–          To not make endorsements in uncontested judicial races

–          To ENDORSE Shelly A. Harris for the Gordon Vacancy in the First Appellate Court

–          To ENDORSE John B. Simon for the Steele Vacancy in the First Appellate Court

–          To ENDORSE Alfred M. Swanson Jr. for the Arnold Vacancy in the Circuit Court of Cook County

–          To ENDORSE Peter J. Vilkelis for the Connors Vacancy in the Circuit Court of Cook County

–          To ENDORSE Cynthia Y. Cobbs for the McDonald Vacancy in the Circuit Court of Cook County

–          To ENDORSE William B. Raines for the Neville Jr. Vacancy in the Circuit Court of Cook County

–          To ABSTAIN from making an endorsement in the race to fill the Reyes Vacancy in the Circuit Court of Cook County

–          To ENDORSE Andrea Michelle Buford for the Veal Vacancy in the Circuit Court of Cook County

 

Early Voting started on March 3rd. Find your location here: www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=9.

DISCLAIMER: NOTHING IN THIS BLOG POST IS MEANT TO SERVE AS LEGAL ADVICE, BUT RATHER IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. DUE TO THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE LAW, ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


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