Monday, January 18, 2010

9th Subcircuit - Otaka vacancy: Organizing the data

Candidates are listed in the order that they appear on the ballot. Information on this post will be updated as time permits until the February 2, 2010 primary.

Abbey Fishman Romanek - #191

Campaign website

Questionnaire responses: Chicago Tribune, Illinois Civil Justice League

Video interview

Bar Association Evaluations

The Chicago Bar Association says:
Abbey Fishman Romanek is "Qualified" for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Ms. Romanek was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1987 and is experienced in both civil and criminal law. Ms. Romanek possesses all the requisite qualifications to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers says:
Abbey Romanek has practiced law since 1987. Since 2004, she has been a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Division. From 1987 until 2004, she was in private practice first handling criminal defense matters and then focusing for the next eleven years on medical malpractice cases. Ms. Romanek is reported to have good legal ability and temperament. She has had substantial trial and appellate experience in complex civil and criminal law matters. The Council finds her Qualified to serve in the Circuit Court.
Other Bar Association Evaluations:
Asian American Bar Association of the
Greater Chicago Area
Qualified
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater ChicagoRecommended
Cook County Bar AssociationRecommended
Decalogue Society of LawyersRecommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationRecommended
Illinois State Bar AssociationQualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoRecommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisQualified
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended

Endorsements
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local 2 (Recommended)
IVI-IPO
Personal PAC
49th Ward Democratic Organization

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Yehuda Lebovits - #192

Campaign website

Questionnaire response:Chicago Tribune

Video interview

eVoter profile

Bar Association Evaluations

The Chicago Bar Association says:
Judge Yehuda Lebovits is "Qualified" for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Judge Lebovits was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1983 and had a wide range of experience before his appointment to the bench in 2009. Judge Lebovits is assigned to the First Municipal District and presides over a variety of calls. Judge Lebovits is well regarded for his fine temperament and possesses all the requisite qualifications to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers says:
Yehuda Lebovits – Not Qualified (Evaluated to fill a vacancy in 2006 and reviewed in 2009)
Yehuda Lebovitz was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2009 to fill a judicial vacancy. He has heard traffic court matters since his appointment. He was admitted to practice in 1983. Before his judicial appointment, he had since 2000 been the Director of the Expedited Child Support Program for the Circuit Court of Cook County. From 1992 to 2000, he was Director of Statewide Judicial Enforcement and Legal Counsel to the Division of Child Support Enforcement for the Illinois Department of Public Aid. From 1985 to 1992, he was a trial attorney at the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Before that, he spent two years as a sole general practitioner. Mr. Lebovitz was considered to be an excellent and dedicated administrator. Lawyers appearing before him in traffic court matters find him a capable jurist. He is praised for his temperament and for his willingness to work for systemic reform. The Council in 2006 found then Mr. Lebovitz Not Qualified because of his lack of substantial experience in litigation matters. While Judge Lebovitz receives good marks for handling a high volume court call, he has had little experience as a judge and has not yet been given a challenging judicial assignment. The Council believes that judges must have substantial litigation experience before going onto the bench or demonstrate an ability to handle a variety of challenging judicial assignments. On balance, the Council finds Judge Lebovitz Not Qualified for the Circuit Court at this time.
Other Bar Association Evaluations:
Asian American Bar Association of the
Greater Chicago Area
Qualified
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater ChicagoRecommended
Cook County Bar AssociationRecommended
Decalogue Society of LawyersRecommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationRecommended
Illinois State Bar AssociationQualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoRecommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisQualified
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended

Endorsements
Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local 2 (Recommended)
Illinois Committee for Honest Government
Personal PAC

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Geary W. Kull - #193


Campaign website

Questionnaire response: Chicago Tribune


Bar Association Evaluations

The Chicago Bar Association says:
Geary W. Kull is "Highly Qualified" for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Mr. Kull was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1974 and has extensive trial and appellate experience. Mr. Kull is highly regarded for his knowledge of the law, legal ability, and outstanding temperament.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers says:
Geary W. Kull – Well Qualified (Evaluated for Associate Judge in 2004. Judge Kull was appointed to the bench in 2009 by the Illinois Supreme Court)
After being admitted to practice in 1974, Geary Kull served as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender until 1981, when he left to establish a private criminal defense practice as a sole practitioner. Mr. Kull is considered to have very good legal ability, an excellent temperament, and unquestioned integrity. He has extensive litigation experience in complex matters. Mr. Kull is a solid practitioner who has earned the respect of his colleagues, lawyers and judges alike, who uniformly praise him highly. The Council finds him Well Qualified for the Circuit Court.
Other Bar Association Evaluations:
Asian American Bar Association of the
Greater Chicago Area
Qualified
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater ChicagoRecommended
Cook County Bar AssociationRecommended
Decalogue Society of LawyersHighly Recommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationRecommended
Illinois State Bar AssociationQualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoRecommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisHighly Qualified
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisHighly Recommended


Endorsements
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sun-Times
Advocates Society

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Dennis Michael Fleming - #194

No campaign website known

eVoter profile

Questionnaire response: Chicago Tribune

Video interview

Bar Association Evaluations

The Chicago Bar Association says:
Dennis Fleming is "Qualified" for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Mr. Fleming was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1976 and served as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender for two years before entering private practice. Mr. Fleming also has experience as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Chicago and serves as Chairman of the City's Liquor License Appeal Commission. Mr. Fleming has a fine temperament and demeanor and possesses all the requisite qualifications to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers says:
Dennis M. Fleming was admitted to practice in 1976. He currently has a sole practice litigating criminal, civil, and administrative matters. From 1987 until 2001, he was a partner at Wahler, Pecyna & Fleming. From 1978 to 1987, Mr. Fleming was a sole practitioner. He spent the first year of his legal career as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender. Mr. Fleming has been a hearing officer for the City of Chicago Department of Personnel since 1997; he has also been an administrative law officer with the Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings since 1996. He has been a hearing officer for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (1993-1994) and a trial judge for the Commissioner of the State Board of Claims (1982-1983). Mr. Fleming is a 1976 graduate of DePaul University College of Law.
Other Bar Association Evaluations:
Asian American Bar Association of the
Greater Chicago Area
Qualified
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater ChicagoNot Evaluated
Cook County Bar AssociationRecommended
Decalogue Society of LawyersRecommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationRecommended
Illinois State Bar AssociationQualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoRecommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisQualified
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended

Endorsements
Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge No. 7
Maine Township Democratic Organization


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