All of us will celebrate Thanksgiving this week, and many of us will celebrate Hanukkah, but the family and friends of Judge Thomas J. Carroll are presumably celebrating the end of Passover.
Passed over at slating time by the Democratic Party, Carroll, who was appointed to the countywide Felton vacancy by the Illinois Supreme Court, was given the tenuous consolation prize of being the Party's first alternate just in case a new vacancy might occur after the slating meeting.
Sometimes it happens -- sometimes it does not.
None opened before the end of the regular filing period (earlier this month). But the vacancy of Judge Michele F. Lowrance has now been posted by the Illinois State Board of Elections for the special judicial filing period which runs this year from December 16 to 23. Judge Carroll (and, presumably, two or three others) will have to scramble to get nominating petitions ready. Judge Carroll will have the advantage of help from the Democratic Party in this endeavor.
Only new judicial vacancies posted between now and Monday, December 2 are included in this special filing period. Any vacancies occurring after that date will be filled in the 2016 election.
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