There is, as yet, no confirmation from the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts of the identities of the 13 new Cook County Associate Judges but a list provided to FWIW earlier today has been subsequently confirmed by Scott Cisek, Executive Director of the Cook County Democratic Party (Mr. Cisek was not willing to go on the record as to how he confirmed the list, but he expressed a high degree of confidence in the list's accuracy).
Therefore, congratulations to the apparent winners:
Did you notice yet?
- Judge Gregory Emmett Ahern, Jr.,
- Shauna L. Boliker,
- Karen J. Bowes,
- Matthew James Carmody,
- James Robert Carroll,
- Melissa Ann Durkin,
- Michael James Hood,
- Kevin Thomas Lee,
- Alfredo Maldonado,
- Judge Michael Francis Otto,
- Linda Johanna Pauel,
- Steven Jay Rosenblum, and
- Judge Peter J. Vilkelis.
Only two currently sitting judges, Judge Ahern and Judge Otto, made the short list promulgated by the Circuit Court Nominating Committee. But three -- Ahern, Otto, and Judge Peter J. Vilkelis -- were apparently selected by their colleagues on the bench.
In other words, Judge Vilkelis apparently won as a "write in" candidate.
Now, as noted, I've reached out to the AOIC for confirmation here and also to Judge Vilkelis and I'm awaiting confirmation and comment and I'll amend this post or add a new one as necessary, but that's where matters stand at the moment.
UPDATE: It's official now; the press release has been posted.