The Illinois Supreme Court today appointed Fredrick H. Bates to an upcoming judicial vacancy, specifically, the countywide vacancy that will be created on December 11, when Judge Marilyn F. Johnson retires.
Bates' appointment will be effective December 14 and will terminate on December 5, 2016.
But don't plan on seeing Judge Johnson's vacancy on the March primary ballot: Her retirement date comes after the close of the November 9 through November 30 special filing period, November 30 being the last date on which a judicial vacancy can occur which can be filled in the March 2016 primary. The Johnson vacancy will not be filled until the 2018 primary.
Bates will be on the 2016 primary ballot, however, as the slated candidate of the Democratic Party for the recently opened Walsh vacancy (he was the first of several alternates selected by the Democratic Party at its August slating meeting). The Supreme Court could not appoint Bates to the Walsh vacancy, however, because it had already filled that vacancy -- appointing Gerald Vernon Cleary III was to the Walsh vacancy just a couple of weeks ago.
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