The Illinois Civil Justice League has announced its recommendations for judicial vacancies in Cook County and Downstate. The complete list of the ICJL's recommendations may be found here.
In contested Cook County countywide judicial races, the ICJL has bestowed "Highly Recommended" ratings on Rossana Patricia Fernandez (Elrod vacancy), Alison Conlon (Hogan vacancy), Carolyn J. Gallagher (Johnson vacancy), Devlin J. Schoop (Karnezis vacancy), and Daniel Patrick Duffy (Ruscitti Grussel vacancy). The ICJL has also given "Recommended" ratings to Pat Heneghan (Palmer vacancy) and both candidates for the Walsh vacancy, Fredrick H. Bates and Patrick Joseph Powers.
In contested Cook County subcircuit races, the ICJL gave "Recommended" ratings to Maryam Ahmad (1st Subcircuit, Brim vacancy), Chelsey R. Robinson (2nd Subcircuit, Savage vacancy), Leonard Murray (5th Subcircuit, Eadie-Daniels vacancy), and Louis G. Apostal (12th Subcircuit, Kazmierski vacancy). In the race for the Rivkin-Carothers vacancy in the 7th Subcircuit, the ICJL has given "Recommended" ratings to both Rose Silva and Mable Taylor. In the contest for the Howard vacancy in the 10th Subcircuit, the ICJL found Richard "Rick" Cenar "Highly Recommended" and Colleen Reardon Daly "Recommended."
The ICJL specifically expressed "No Position" with regard to Richard C. Cooke's unopposed bid for the Santiago vacancy in the 6th Subcircuit. It also "Recommended" Maureen O'Donoghue Hannon (countywide O'Brien vacancy) and John Fitzgerald Lyke, Jr. (countywide Biebel vacancy) in their respective unopposed bids for judicial office.
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