Friday, October 13, 2017

October 30 fundraiser set for Judge Quish

Supporters of Judge Clare Joyce Quish's bid to retain her countywide seat are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Monday, October 30, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at The Marq, 60 W. Adams St. in the Loop. Stacy Bardo, Margaret Fitzsimmons, Patrick Dwyer III, and Catherine Basque Weiler are the listed hosts for the event.

Tickets are priced at $50 each, but sponsorships are available ($150 - Supporter, $250 - Sponsor, $500 - Patron, $1,000 Chair). For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, call Eric Nelson at (773) 562-9559 or email eric@blueprintcampaignconsulting.

Thomas J. Gabryszewski circulating petitions for Suriano vacancy in the 10th Subcircuit

Yesterday morning, at the Harlem Blue Line station, if I'd been more awake, or if I'd been carrying less stuff, I would have snapped a picture of attorney Thomas J. Gabryszewski soliciting signatures for his nominating petition for the 10th Subcircuit Suriano vacancy.

But I did not take a picture.

Still, Gabryszewski, a first-time judicial candidate, is circulating petitions and plans to make a run. There's no campaign website yet, he told me, though one is planned. When I get it, I'll add it to the collection in the blog Sidebar.

Gabryszewski has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1990, according to ARDC. He practices from his own law office on North Michigan Avenue.

Fundraiser set for Monday for Judge Adrienne Davis

Supporters of Judge Adrienne Elaine Davis's bid to hold the 2nd Subcircuit seat to which she was appointed this past March are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Monday, October 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Licorice Lounge, 607 E. 87th Street, Chicago. Donna Grant, Andrea Bonds, Maggie Muhammad, and Melvin Worley are the listed hosts for this event.

Food will be provided; there will be a cash bar. No specific ticket price is posted; rather, contributions are "appreciated." For more information about the event, or to reserve a place, email Citizens4judgeadriennedavis@gmail.com.

October 24 fundraiser for Caroline Golden

Supporters of Caroline Jamieson Golden's 4th Subcircuit bid are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Swift & Sons, 1000 W. Fulton Street, Chicago. Rob and Kathleen Katz are the listed hosts for this event.

Tickets are priced at $150 each, but sponsorships are available ($250 - Silver, $500 - Gold, $1,000 Platinum, $2,500 - Chairman). Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, or to reserve tickets, email goldenforjudge@gmail.com.

Monday, October 09, 2017

October 19 fundraiser set for Colleen Daly

Supporters of 10th Subcircuit candidate Colleen Daly are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, October 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Nil Tap, 5734 N. Elston Ave., Chicago.

Tickets for the event are $50 each, but sponsorships are available (Bronze Host - $150, Silver Host - $250, Gold Host - $500, Platinum Host - $1,000, Chair - $2,500). For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email renee@dalyforjudge.com.

Date announced, sponsors sought for 2017 Unity Award Dinner



The 2017 Diversity Scholarship Foundation Unity Dinner and 15th Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony is set for Wednesday, November 29 in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton, 720 South Michigan Avenue. The Reception begins at 5:00 p.m.; the dinner and program follows at 6:00 p.m.

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP and the John Marshall Law School are presenting this event, and the organizers are looking for individuals or firms to purchase ads for the event program ad book or to assist in sponsoring the event. More information about either option is available by clicking on the links in the preceding sentence or by emailing the Foundation's Director of Communications, Abigail Sue, at dsfchicago@gmail.com.

Individual tickets for the event are $150 each and may be obtained at this site.

October 23 fundraiser for Judge Kent Delgado

Supporters of Judge Kent Delgado's 6th Subcircuit election bid are planning a Monday, October 23 reception for their candidate, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Billy Goat Tavern, 1535 W. Madison St.

Tickets for the event are $100 each (government employees may obtain discounted $50 tickets), but sponsorships are available (Neighbor - $250, Friend - $500, Patron - $1,000, Benefactor - $2,500). Tickets will be available at the door. To reserve advance tickets, or for more information, email neighborsforjudgedelgado@gmail.com or click on this link (also accessible through the candidate's campaign website).

Christine Svenson to seek 13th Subcircuit vacancy

Attorney Christine Svenson has announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the O'Donnell vacancy in the 13th Subcircuit in the March 2018 primary. Her supporters recently launched a campaign website on her behalf. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Svenson has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1995, according to ARDC. Her campaign bio notes that she has headed her own law firm since 2008. Before that, according to her LinkedIn page, Svenson was a partner in the firm of Stone and Moore, Chtd.

Svenson's campaign bio notes that she "served as General Counsel and Parliamentarian for the Cook County Republican Party, Committeewoman for the Palatine Township Republican Organization, and an officer for the Republican National Lawyers Association." A lifelong resident of the far northwestern suburbs, Svenson is a graduate of Barrington High School. Her bio also notes that Svenson is fluent in French and "proficient" in both Spanish and Italian.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

October 24 fundraiser for Judge Myron "Mike" Mackoff

Supporters of Judge Myron "Mike" Mackoff's bid to hold his 8th Subcircuit seat are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the law offices of Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, 200 N. LaSalle St., 3rd floor.

Tickets for the event are priced at $125 each, but sponsorships are available ($250 - Silver, $500 - Gold, $1,000 - Platinum, $1,000+ - Platinum Plus). Tickets will be available at the door. For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, click on this page of the candidate's website, or email judgemackoffevents@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Jonathan Clark Green campaign website launched, October 11 fundraiser set

Supporters of Jonathan Clark Green's countywide judicial candidacy have launched a campaign website for their candidate. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

In addition, Green's supporters have announced a fundraiser for their candidate, to be held next Wednesday, October 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Petterino's, 150 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets are $75 each, but sponsorships are available (Supporter - $250, Sponsor - $500, Chair - $1,000). The Event Chairs for this gathering are 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney, Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore, Daniel Fusco, Todd Smith, and Melvin L. Brooks. For more information about the event, or to order tickets, call (773) 868-4175 or email terri@jonathanclarkgreen.com.

Green was slated for the countywide Clay vacancy by the Cook County Democratic Party this past August. Green is currently a Senior Counsel in the City of Chicago Department of Law, according to his campaign biography. The campaign bio notes that Green was formerly in private practice with Green & Green, P.C. and of counsel to Rock, Fusco & Garvey, Ltd. Green has also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and on the legal staff of the Illinois House of Representatives. Green has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1986.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Alliance of Illinois Judges Second Annual Cocktail Reception is tonight

Per email received, the Alliance of Illinois Judges still has a few tickets left for its Second Annual Cocktail Reception tonight, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Plymouth Rooftop, 327 S. Plymouth Ct. Admission is $50, which includes drinks and appetizers. To obtain one of these few remaining tickets, click on this link of the AIJ website.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Illinois Judges Foundation Annual Reception set for October 11

The Illinois Judges Foundation will host its annual reception on Wednesday, October 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Old Crow Smokehouse, 149 W. Kinzie St., in River North.

The Illinois Judges Foundation is the charitable arm of the Illinois Judges Association. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and retired 4th District Appellate Court Justice Carol Pope (who was president of the Illinois Judges Association in 2011-12) will be honored as "judicial icons" at the event. Also, the winners of the 2017 Harold Sullivan Scholarship Recipients will be announced. Proceeds from the reception support the charitable and educational programs of the Illinois Judges Association, including in particular the annual Harold Sullivan Scholarships.

Tickets for the event are $100 each. A buffet and refreshments will be provided. For more information, or to order tickets, call IJF Executive Director Kevin Fagan at (312) 554-2008 or click on this page of the IJF website.

Victory Research offers help for judicial candidates

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November 14 fundraiser for Judge Travis Richardson

Supporters of Judge Travis Richardson's bid to hold his 2nd Subcircuit seat are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Tuesday, November 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Leona's on Stony, 9156 S. Stony Island.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available ($250 - Friend, $500 - Host, $1,000 - Co-Chair). The host committee for the event (listed as "in formation") consists of 8th Ward Ald. and Committeeman Michelle Harris, 21st Ward Ald. and Committeeman Howard B. Brookins, Jr., Sen. Donne E. Trotter (17th), and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore (4th). For more information about the event, or to procure tickets, email info@Richardson4Judge.com.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Two October fundraisers set for Judge Oran F. Whiting

Two October fundraisers have been announced for Judge Oran F. Whiting.

The first of these is set for this Wednesday, October 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Dr. Yates LifeStyle Med, 213 North Stetson Avenue. Individual tickets are $75 each, but sponsorships are available (Friend - $150, Supporter - $250, Host - $750). Dr. William D. Yates, M.D., and Jeff Katz, Esq. are the hosts for the event. The honorary hosts are Cong. Danny Davis and former State Rep. Lauren Beth Gash. To reserve tickets for the event, click here.

The second fundraiser for Judge Whiting will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the law offices of John L. Elias & Associates, on the 28th floor of the Willoughby Tower, 8 S. Michigan Ave. The Elias firm; Arden Baranowski, of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group; and Marion Penn, of the Advisor’s Title Network, are the hosts of this event. Cong. Davis and former State Rep. Gash are again serving as honorary hosts. Tickets for this event are also priced at $75 apiece, with the same sponsorship opportunities available (Friend - $150, Supporter - $250, Host - $750). To reserve tickets for this event, click here.

Updated 10/3 to correct blogger's spelling errors

Sunday, October 01, 2017

October 5 fundraiser for Martin D. Reggi

Supporters of Martin D. Reggi's 4th Subcircuit candidacy are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, October 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at FitzGerald's Side Bar, 6615 West Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

The event will be catered by Freddy's Italian; wine and beer will be served. Jazz will be served up by Interplay Duo. Marco Raimondi is the listed host for the event.

Tickets are $75 apiece, but sponsorships are available (VIP/Friends - $100, Silver - $250, Gold - $500, Platinum - $1,000). For more information, or to reserve tickets, email reggiforjudge@gmail.com.

Sharp-eyed readers spot two more judicial campaigns

A reader called last week to advise that Lisa A. Copeland will be a candidate in the March 2018 Democratic primary. That's a link to her campaign site in the preceding sentence. A link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Copland fell short in a bid for a 1st Subcircuit vacancy in 2016. Licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1997, Copland is the proprietor of Lisa A. Copland, P.C., with an office on East Wacker Drive.

Copland's campaign is holding a fundraiser tomorrow, Monday, October 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at The Bar 10 Doors, 1251 (or 1259) W. Taylor (depending on which website one consults). Tickets are $150 each, and sponsorships are presumably still available (Supporter - $250, Sponsor - $500, or Host - $1,000). For more information, email lisacopland@gmail.com.

An anonymous reader left a comment mentioning that Assistant State's Attorney Kathaleen Lanahan is circulating petitions for a countywide vacancy. I haven't seen the petitions, so I won't mention the targeted vacancy, but I have found a campaign website; it is linked in the preceding sentence, and a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Lanahan has been licensed as an attorney since 1993, according to ARDC. She began her legal career with the Board of Tax Appeals, but soon moved to the State's Attorney's Office where she is now, according to her campaign bio, the lead attorney in a felony courtroom.

Lanahan's campaign website touts two upcoming fundraisers, the first of these being set for Thursday, October 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Reilly's Daughter, 4010 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn. Tickets are $100 each, but sponsorships are available (Friend - $250, Supporter - $500, Sponsor - $1,000). For more information, email jack@lanahanforjudge.com.

Caroline Golden to seek 4th Subcircuit vacancy

Caroline Jamieson Golden has announced plans to seek a 4th Subcircuit vacancy in the 2018 Democratic Primary. Her supporters recently launched a campaign website in support of her candidacy. That's a link to the website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1992, Golden is currently an attorney with the Sotos Law Firm, P.C., handling civil rights defense and appellate work. Before that, Golden was a litigation partner with Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. According to an email announcement sent to FWIW, Golden's practice there "included prosecuting and defending high-stakes commercial litigation claims [and]... coordinating the national defense of medical device products liability claims in mass tort multi-district litigation." Golden began her legal career at Querrey & Harrow.

Corrected typo, 10/2/17.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Jerry Barrido campaign announces that it is targeting the countywide Jordan vacancy

Assistant Public Defender Jerry Barrido is circulating petitions for the countywide Jordan vacancy, according to an email received by FWIW.

Judge Clare J. Quish currently holds the Jordan vacancy pursuant to Supreme Court appointment. She was recently slated for this vacancy by the Cook County Democratic Party.

To my knowledge (always shaky, unfortunately), Barrido is the first non-slated candidate to announce the specific vacancy he is seeking.

Arab-American Bar Association to host judicial reception on November 2

The Arab American Bar Association of Illinois will hold its inaugural Judicial Reception on Thursday, November 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at the Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph St.

Tickets for the reception are priced at $75 apiece, but students will be admitted for a discount price of $25. Sponsorships are also available (Silver - $500, Gold - $1,000, Platinum - $1,500).

Cook County Chief Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke are the distinguished honorees for the event. For additional information about this event, or to reserve tickets, email arabbarrsvp@live.com or visit this page of the association's website.

Newly-appointed judge already has campaign website up and running

Judge Robert Harris was just appointed to the Washington vacancy in the 5th Subcircuit earlier this month; he was sworn in on September 21. His campaign website is already up and running. Yes, that is a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the blog Sidebar.

Harris's campaign bio leads, naturally enough, with his 13-year tenure as Cook County’s Public Guardian, the first African-American to hold the position (he was appointed by Cook County Chief Circuit Judge Judge Timothy C. Evans).

Harris began his legal career began with the Public Guardian's office in 1991 as an entry-level attorney, rising through the ranks to become the Chief Deputy Public Guardian before his 2004 appointment as Public Guardian. According to the campaign bio, the Public Guardian's office is charged with "the legal representation of abused and neglected children, children in divorce and custody cases, and adults (mostly elderly) with cognitive disabilities." As the appointed Public Guardian Harris had supervisory responsibility for "over 100 lawyers who primarily litigate cases in the Juvenile, Probate, and Domestic Relations Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County."

The law was a second career for Harris. Before returning to DePaul University for law school, Harris "as a manufacturing, quality control, and sales engineer." His bachelor's degree is from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Campaign website, October 3 fundraiser set for William H. Laws

Criminal defense attorney William H. Laws, the husband of recently retired Judge Marjorie C. Laws, has announced plans to seek a 2nd Subcircuit vacancy.

The campaign recently launched a campaign website, and his supporters have scheduled a kick-off campaign event for their candidate on Tuesday, October 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the offices of James D. Montgomery & Associates, 1 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2450. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $100 each, and sponsorships are available (Associate - $250, Friend - $500, Partner - $1,000+). For more information about the event, or to order tickets, email contactus@laws4judge.com.

Laws has been licensed in Illinois since 1980, according to ARDC. His campaign biography notes that Laws graduated from Howard University (where he played football and graduated Phi Beta Kappa) and Northwestern University Law School, where he was active in the Northwestern Legal Assistance Clinic, assisting in the representation of underprivileged youth and adults who could not afford a private attorney.

For the past three decades, according to his campaign bio, Laws has "managed his own law practice representing clients from all major felony offenses including first degree murder." He has served as Chairman of the Local School Council for Edgar Allen Poe Classical School for six consecutive years, following. He also previously served as the President for the Parent Teacher Association at Poe. Laws has also been the Commencement Day Speaker and Career Day Speaker for Henderson Elementary School located in Englewood.

Advocates Society hosts Annual Judges' Night October 26

The Advocates Society, the local association of Polish-American attorneys, is holding its annual Judges' Night on Thursday, October 26, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Billed as an event with no speeches and no assigned seating, organizers stress that one need not be Polish to attend. All current Cook County judges are invited as well as all presiding judges from the surrounding counties.

Tickets for non-members are $60, if purchased in advance, or $75 at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are available (see the Advocates website for more information).

For more information about the event, or to order tickets, email Kristen Kozlowski Lyons at attorneykristen@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Barrido fundraiser set for Wednesday, October 4 in Forest Park

Supporters of Jerry Barrido's countywide judicial bid are throwing a reception for their candidate on Wednesday, October 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Caffe De Luca, 7427 W. Madison Street, Forest Park.

Beer, wine, and appetizers will be served. Fred Acosta, of the Acosta Law Group, is hosting the event.

Tickets are available for $50 each, but sponsorships are available (Friend - $100, Supporter - $250, Sponsor - $500). For more information, or to reserve tickets, email info@barridoforjudge.com.

Jeanne Wrenn fundraiser set for September 28

Supporters of 8th Subcircuit candidate Jeanne Wrenn are planning a "neighborhood reception" for their candidate on Thursday, September 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Burke's Public House, 5401 N. Broadway.

Tickets for the event are $50 each, but sponsorships are available ($100 - Supporter, $250 - Bronze Sponsor, $500 - Silver Sponsor, $1,000 - Gold Sponsor). To reserve tickets, or for more information, email james@lasallestrategies.com.

September 27 fundraiser for Judge Patrick Thomas Stanton


Supporters of Judge Patrick Thomas Stanton's bid to hold onto his 3rd Subcircuit seat have scheduled a fundraiser for their candidate on Wednesday, September 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at City Social, 120 North LaSalle Street.

The Host Committee for the fundraiser includes Jim Kopecky,John Duffy, Jim Lydon, Susie Graham, James Fieweger, Chris Kentra, Frank Morrissey, John Nisivaco, Ted McNabola, Patty Ryan, Marty Ryan, Rosa Tumialan, Tom Smith, Jeff Wagner, and Ed Weil.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available (Supporter - $250, Host - $500). For more information about the fundraiser, or to reserve tickets, email ElectJudgeStanton@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Several subcircuits have yet to hold slating sessions

As of this past weekend, Democratic slating committees in Subcircuits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, 14 and 15 have either not met or have not reported any endorsements, according to Jacob Kaplan, Executive Director of the Cook County Democratic Party.

FWIW had learned, and Kaplan has since confirmed, that all Cook County Democratic subcircuit slating committees were encouraged to meet during the week of August 13-19. Some did. But many did not. The suggested meeting dates were a recommendation, not a requirement, Kaplan said in response to an email request from FWIW, adding, "the subcircuits you mention have not yet held their slating, and I am not sure they will. They have not notified me of their plans as of yet."

And, of course, in two of these cases, in 12 and 14, the vacancies only recently opened.

Slating sessions did take place in the 8th, 10th and 11th Subcircuits (all after August 19). FWIW had posts up about the endorsements in 8 and 10. Judge Joanne Rosado was endorsed for the 11th Subcircuit seat she presently holds pursuant to Supreme Court appointment. (I only retweeted that last result, on September 5.)

And then there was the 6th Subcircuit meeting. Endorsements were made in that meeting, too. But there was a problem. More on this, immediately below.

Cook County Democratic Party declares 6th Subcircuit slating "void"

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Cook County Democratic Party has declared the "actions taken and endorsements made" by the 6th Subcircuit slating committee on August 19 to be "void."

The party has asked 6th Subcircuit committeemen to set a new endorsement session, but none has yet been set. Thirty-third Ward Committeeman Aaron Goldstein, who wrote one of the letters obtained by FWIW complaining about irregularities in the procedure used by the slating committee, told FWIW in an email, "I would certainly like to have another vote as I think this is an important part of our function.... I think we should continue with the process."

The controversy arises from a dispute about the weighted vote used by the committeemen at the August 19 slating session.

Documents obtained by FWIW, as well as records of the Chicago Board of Elections, confirm that the slating committee used weighted votes apportioned according to those cast in the November 2016 general election for the de Leon vacancy (which was won by Eulalia "Evie" De La Rosa---who had no opponent---with 85,600 votes).

However, §7-8(g-1) of the Illinois Election Code, 10 ILCS 5/7-8(g-1), provides, in pertinent part:
[E]ach ward committeeman shall have one vote for each ballot voted in his ward or part of a ward, as the case may be, in the judicial subcircuit by the primary electors of his party at the primary election immediately preceding the meeting of the judicial subcircuit committee.
Note that the statute specifies the preceeding primary election, not the preceding general election.

What difference does it make?

Well, when the weighted votes were tallied using the November De La Rosa numbers, Judge Kent Delgado, Judge Stephanie Miller and Ed Underhill were declared endorsed.

However, if the votes were weighted according to the figures provided by the Cook County Democratic Party, using the overall primary turnout, Delgado, Miller, and newly-appointed Judge Charlie Beach would have been endorsed.

The 6th Subcircuit slating committee was chaired by 1st Ward Ald. and Committeeman Proco Joe Moreno III. FWIW has obtained a copy of Chairman Moreno's September 8 letter to Thomas A. Jaconetty, an election lawyer representing Judge Beach, in which Moreno mistakenly relies on §7-10(f) of the Illinois Election Code, 10 ILCS 5/7-10(f), for support (I'm no election lawyer, but I would guess Chairman Moreno was probably thinking of §7-10(h) of the Illinois Election Code). FWIW did reach out to attorney Pericles Abbasi, who served as counsel for Moreno at the August 19 meeting, for his explanation as to why the De La Rosa figures were used instead of those supplied by the Cook County Democratic Party, but no response has yet been received.

The Cook County Democratic Party appointed Norwood Park Township Committeeman Robert F. Martwick and Oak Park Township Committeeman Don Harmon to review the outcome of 6th Subcircuit meeting. FWIW has obtained a copy of the September 13 email sent to Moreno, the other 6th Subcircuit Committeemen, and the affected candidates and their attorneys. This is the document that declares the results of the slating to be "void." "However," Harmon wrote, "we do not believe it would be appropriate for the Party or its executive committee to substitute its judgment for that of the Committee's judgment, beyond legal questions such as the use of the correct weighted vote distribution or legal sufficiency of notice, for example. Accordingly, we do not advise the Party to simply reverse the incorrect endorsements and declare other candidates to be endorsed. Instead, we recommend that the Party direct the Committee to reconvene for further action using the correct weighted vote distribution."

The bottom line---for now---is that the Democratic Party has not endorsed anyone for any 6th Subcircuit vacancy. Individual ward organizations have made endorsements. The 33rd Ward, for example, has endorsed Delgado, Miller, and Beach; 32nd Ward Ald. and Committeeman Alderman Scott Waguespack has endorsed Delgado. Other endorsements will be forthcoming.

Now before someone reminds me that, in my August 24 post about the meeting, I reported that the committee's decision was "unanimous" -- which I did -- this was essentially a parliamentary maneuver to paper over differences after a contentious discussion among strong-willed committeemen (or their proxies) before any public announcement was made. And the formal unanimity was not seen as a barrier to overturning the meeting results. FWIW has been cited to Rule 47 of Robert's Rules of Order which states, in pertinent part, "No motion is in order that conflicts with the laws of the nation, or state, or with the assembly's constitution or by-laws, and if such a motion is adopted, even by a unanimous vote, it is null and void."

Moreover, in my defense, I would point out that, despite the declaration of unanimity, it was my impression at the time that a "rival slate" was likely to emerge and likely to draw significant support from many of those who were allegedly "unanimous" in support of the meeting outcome.

At this juncture, I would amend my prediction just a bit: The eventual winners in each of these three races will probably have some overlapping support -- but the coalition supporting the winner in each race will likely differ in material respects from the coalitions supporting the winners in the other races. Which is a fancy way of saying it's going to get mighty interesting, and potentially quite crowded, in the 6th Subcircuit in 2018.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fundraiser tomorrow for Judge Adrienne E. Davis -- featuring Judge Mathis

From time to time a judicial candidate will find a celebrity endorser.

Looking through the archives, I note that Jane Lynch did a commercial for one candidate in the 2012 primary; Da Coach, Mike Ditka, cut a commercial for a different candidate that year. During the 2008 primary season, several of the 1985 Super Bowl Bears headlined a fundraiser for still another judicial candidate.

But the upcoming fundraiser for Judge Adrienne E. Davis, who is campaigning to keep the Second Subcircuit seat to which the Supreme Court appointed her earlier this year, is unique in my experience: The event, which will take place tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash, will be hosted by TV's own, Judge Greg Mathis.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available ($150 - Sponsor, $250 - Host, $500 - Platinum). For more information about the event, or to order tickets, click on the candidate's campaign website. Yes, that is a link to the candidate's campaign website in the preceding sentence and, yes, I've reversed the usual order of things. Usually, I plug the website first, and then the fundraiser. However, with the fundraiser coming up so soon, it's probably best to do things this way. In any event, a solicitation for tomorrow's extravaganza comes in as a pop-up, just as soon as you open the page. And I have added the candidate's website to the blog Sidebar.

(And as far as this blogger has been able to establish, Judge Judy has not yet taken a stance in this race.)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

There is a new vacancy in the 14th Judicial Subcircuit

The latest posting from the Illinois State Board of Elections confirms that Judge Rodolfo Garcia has put in his papers; his 14th Subcircuit vacancy has now been certified.

From time to time you may see comments to posts here on FWIW that suggest that this judge, or that one, is stepping down.

Sometimes the comments are entirely accurate... and sometimes the comments appear to represent wishful thinking only. An outsider like me can't always tell which is which.

I think I've been contacted twice by judges planning to step down. Although that would make my blogging life easier (hint, hint), it just so happens that there is no obligation to tell me beans. So I'll keep checking the ISBE website. And, today, Judge Garcia's vacancy is the only new one I can confirm.

David Studenroth to seek Republican nomination for Maki vacancy in 12th Subcircuit

David Studenroth has announced plans to seek the Maki vacancy in the north suburban 12th Subcircuit. His supporters have now launched a campaign wesbiste boosting his candidacy. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Studenroth has been licensed in Illinois since 1987, according to ARDC. A Glenview resident, Studenroth maintains a law office in Park Ridge, handling criminal defense and civil matters.

According to his campaign biography, Studenroth entered private practice in 1998, after extensive service with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office prosecuting gang crimes. This past June, Studenroth received the Illinois State Crime Commission's 2017 Jim Ryan Award for Public Integrity.

In addition to practicing law, Studenroth has coached football for the Glenview Jr. Titans and both boys and girls basketball for the Glenview Park District. Married, with three children, Studenroth and his wife just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week. FWIW readers will recall that Studenroth lost a close race in the 12th Subcircuit in the 2016 general election.

Hispanic legal community hosts September 20 fundraiser for Peter Michael Gonzalez

Leaders of the Hispanic legal community are holding a fundraiser in support of Peter Michael Gonzalez's countywide judicial bid on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Chicago offices of Dykema, 10 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2300. (You know you've really made it as a big firm when you start using only one name....)

The Host Committee includes State Comptroller Susana Mendoza; Cook County Assessor (and 31st Ward Committeeman) Joseph Berrios; 15th Ward Alderman and Committeeman Raymond Lopez; Assistant Majority Leader, St. Rep. (and 36th Ward Committeeman) Luis Arroyo; 26th Ward Alderman and Committeeman Roberto Maldonado; 35th Ward Alderman and Committeeman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa; Hon. Gloria Chevere (Ret); Hon. Ed Ponce de Leon (Ret); Hon. Fe Fernández (Ret); Rosa Tumiálan; Martín Castro; Oscar Gonzalez; Edwin Reyes; Martin Quintana; Federico Rodriguez; Martin Perez; Anna Lozoya; Lisette Mojica; Sulema Medrano; and Leo Lastre.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsroships are available ($250 - Host, $500 - Promoter, $1,000 - Campaign Leader). To obtain more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email gonzalez4judge@gmail.com or call Dawn Gonzalez at (773) 350-5249.

Judge David Navarro fundraiser set for September 21 in Riverside

Riverside lawyers and friends of Judge David Navarro are hosting a fundraiser supporting his bid to hold his 4th Subcircuit seat on Thursday, September 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at La Barra Ristorante, 2 East Burlington, in Riverside.

Sarah Bernstein, John Flaherty, Lisa Hennelly, Jeff Levine, Dan McMahon, Adrian Mendoza, Sean O'Brien, Mike Prangle, Rob Robertson, Jim Urtis, Jack Wilk, and Richard Zaborsky are the listed hosts for the event.

Tickets are $25 each, but sponsorships are available (Friend - $50, Supporter - $100, VIP - $250). Tickets will be available at the door, but for more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email ElectJudgeDavidNavarro@gmail.com or click on this link to the candidate's website.

September 25 fundraiser set for Judge Saltouros

Supporters of Judge Stephanie Saltouros's bid to hold her 10th Subcircuit seat have scheduled a fundraiser for their candidate on Monday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Big Bricks Restaurant & Bar, 3832 N. Lincoln Ave.

Listed as hosts for the event are 47th Ward Committeeman Paul Rosenfeld, 45th Ward Alderman John Arena, 39th Ward Committeeman Robert Murphy, 40th Ward Alderman and Committeeman Patrick O'Connor, 41st Ward Committeeman Tim Heneghan, 35th Ward Alderman and Committeeman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 38th Ward Alderman and Committeeman Nicholas Sposato, 33rd Ward Committeman Aaron Goldstein, and State Representative Robert F. Martwick, Jr. (Martwick is also chairing the campaign.)

Tickets for the event are $100 apiece, but sponsorships are available (Supporter - $200, Host - $500, Sponsor - $1,000, Patron - $2,500, and Chair - $5,000). For more information, or to reserve tickets, email kellymarie@kmmconsulting.com or call (937) 271-4194. (Yes, I know that's the area code for Dayton, Ohio. Welcome to the modern, mobile age.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fundraiser for Judge Travis Richardson tomorrow in Homewood

Supporters of Judge Travis Richardson's 2nd Subcircuit bid are planning a fundraiser for their candidate tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the offices of Lee & Fairman, LLP, 18300 South Dixie Highway, Second Floor, in Homewood.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available (Friend - $250, Host - $500, $750 - Co-Host). Information about the event, and tickets for the event, may be obtained by emailing info@craticshaffner.com or calling (312) 798-9376.

Vahey fundraiser set for September 26 in Brookfield

Supporters of Kathryn Maloney Vahey's 4th Subcircuit campaign are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Tuesday, September 26, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Irish Times Pub, 8869 Burlington Ave., in Brookfield.

Tickets for the event are $50 apiece, but sponsorships are available (Bronze - $100, Silver - $250, Gold - $500, Platinum - $1,000). The admission price includes "light fare" and a cash bar. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information about the event, or to reserve advance tickets, call Mike Vahey at (708) 710-5454.

Preston Jones, Jr. campaign website up, September 27 fundraiser set

It's been a busy few weeks for Preston Jones, Jr. Slated for the countywide Flanagan vacancy by the Cook County Democratic Party just a month ago, Jones was subsequently appointed to the Flanagan vacancy by the Illinois Supreme Court. (He gets sworn in on September 25.)

In the meantime, his supporters have set up a campaign website on his behalf. (That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence, if you haven't figured out the pattern yet, and, yes, there's a link posted in the blog Sidebar as well.) And his supporters have also planned a fundraiser for their candidate, on Wednesday, September 27, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Plymouth Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, 327 South Plymouth Court. Tickets for the event are $100 apiece and can be obtained by clicking on this link.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Charlie Beach appointed to Cooke vacancy in the 6th Subcircuit

Updated 9/9/17 to include link to Supreme Court press release

Charlie Beach, who was recently named by 6th Subcircuit Democratic Party Committeemen as an alternate candidate, marking him 'pre-slated' for any vacancy that might open up there, was today appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Cooke vacancy in that subcircuit.

The appointment is effective September 15; it terminates December 3, 2018. Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis recommended the appointment to the Court (see, press release issued yesterday).

Licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1996, Beach has operated his own practice, Charles S. Beach, P.C., since 1999, "with an emphasis on DUI law and driving-related cases," according to his campaign bio. The campaign bio also notes that Beach has served six times as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Traffic Law Committee. He is the author of "Traffic Court Practice and Procedure," written for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. In addition to traffic matters, the campaign bio notes, Beach has handled real estate, commercial, and appellate matters.

Rivanada Doss Beal to seek 15th Subcircuit vacancy, September 12 fundraiser set

Assistant State's Attorney Rivanda Doss Beal has announced plans to seek a judicial vacancy in the 15th Judicial Subcircuit.

Her supporters have launched a campaign website to support her candidacy. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the blog Sidebar.

Beal's supporters have also scheduled a fundraiser for their candidate on Tuesday, September 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Pompei, 1531 W. Taylor St., Chicago. Tickets for the event are $50 each, but sponsorships are available ($100 - Friend, $250 - Sponsor, $500 - Host). For more information, or to reserve tickets, see this online invite.

Beal has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1994, according to ARDC. Her campaign website portrays Beal as a career prosecutor who has tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases. Rivanda currently serves as a supervisor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office at Branch 42 on the North Side of Chicago. Her website states, "Branch 42 has led the County in giving first time offenders a second chance via the Cook County States Attorneys Office Deferred Prosecution Program."

According to her campaign website, Beal serves on the Board of Directors for the Dr. Elzie Young Community Center Inc., "an organization committed to the improving the lives of Families and Children living in the Princeton Park Community." In addition to being active in her church, her website notes, Beal is a co-chair of the Judicial Reception Committee for the Black Women Lawyer's Association (BWLA) of Greater Chicago.

Attention first-time judicial candidates....

Tuesday was the first day for judicial candidates to circulate petitions for the March 2018 primary.

You know this. Your attorney has approved your petition forms (you do have an attorney who knows election law, right?) and you, and your spouse, and those friends of yours who couldn't think up an excuse quickly enough, are walking around with sheets. Maybe you've met your local committeeman; maybe your local committeeman thinks you're the bees' knees. Maybe not. Maybe you couldn't find your ward or township office even with GPS.

But you're smart, you're talented, and you're ambitious. You are going to make this run, no matter who else is running, no matter how long the odds. (Maybe you're counting on your innate Irish luck, and your easily-pronounced, easily-remembered name, to vault you to the top.)

But have you submitted your stellar credentials for review by your peers yet? Many of you applied for associate judge earlier this year just to get that ball rolling. Smart. But the spirit only recently moved some of you.

If you haven't been evaluated yet, it behooves you to reach out to Joyce Williams, who serves as as administrator for the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, at jwilliams@isba.org, and Therese Kurth, who coordinates matters for the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, at tkurth@chicagobar.org.

Good luck.