...and one of these is the vacancy of Judge Marilyn F. Johnson -- the one that won't officially occur until December 11.
Yes, your friendly neighborhood blogger has bungled again -- and, once again, I was rescued by a reader.
Judicial resignations, my source told me, can't be pulled back once they're handed in. Therefore, while Judge Johnson (for example) has chosen December 11 as her retirement date, she has turned in her resignation already -- during the special judicial filing period -- and so it can (and will) be filled in the 2016 election.
Sure enough, while my source was still trying to walk me through all this, I clicked over to the Illinois State Board of Elections judicial vacancies list and, lo and behold, there it was -- listed, as of yesterday's date, the full circuit vacancy of Judge Marilyn F. Johnson.
So... Sean Chaudhuri, the Democratic Party's second alternate selection, will have an opportunity to seek the Johnson vacancy in the March primary. That's the vacancy to which Fredrick Bates was just appointed -- I got that right -- I can still read, sort of. Bates will be running for the Walsh vacancy.
And now for the buried lede: The ISBE also lists two other new vacancies. Judges Edmund Ponce de Leon and Lisa Ruble Murphy have both announced their resignations as well, creating new, special-filing-period vacancies in the 6th and 14th Subcircuits.
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