Friday, November 02, 2012

Judge Schleifer makes another NTNM appearance; wrap-up of Cook County contested judicial races

Judge Andrea M. Schleifer is a guest this week on Avy Meyer's North Town News Magazine. With Mr. Meyer's permission, you can watch that interview here.

Judge Schleifer is one of the few judicial candidates who finds herself in a contested race this November. Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the 12th Judicial Subcircuit seat for which she is now a candidate, Judge Schleifer is opposed by Republican candidate James P. Pieczonka. (Links to both candidates' websites are embedded in the preceding sentence.)

The Chicago Tribune recently endorsed Judge Schleifer in this race.

There are only two other contested elections for the Cook County Circuit Court on this November's ballot. Both are in the west suburban 4th Judicial Subcircuit.

In the race for the 4th Subcircuit Riley vacancy, Democratic candidate Terry Gallagher is opposed by Republican Harry Fournier. (Those are links to the candidates' websites in the preceding sentence.) I had an email this week pointing out that Fournier is the only Cook County Circuit Court candidate endorsed by the IVI-IPO for the November election. The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Gallagher in this race.

In the race for the "A" vacancy in the 4th Judicial Subcircuit, Democratic candidate Edward M. Maloney is opposed by Republican Christine Cook. The Tribune endorsement went to Maloney in this race.

Cook County voters who do not reside in either the 4th or 12th Subcircuits will have only one contested judicial race on the ballot, that being the race for the Illinois Supreme Court. In this race, Justice Mary Jane Theis is the Democratic nominee; she was appointed to the Supreme Court vacancy when Justice Thomas Fitzgerald stepped down. Her Republican opponent is Cook County Circuit Court Judge James G. Riley. The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Justice Theis in this race.

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