Saturday, July 22, 2017

Who Sits Where -- Christmas in July edition

Time to update this list again to reflect the latest announced vacancies and appointments. I assume there are vacancies I don't have on this list, but this list is as complete as I can make it now. All errors of omission or commission in this list are mine alone and I am grateful for additions and corrections provided.

Countywide Vacancies

Vacancy of the Hon. Eileen Mary Brewer -- Litricia P. Payne
Vacancy of the Hon. Evelyn B. Clay -- John S. Fotopoulos
Vacancy of the Hon. Russell W. Hartigan -- Cecilia A. Horan
Vacancy of the Hon. Michelle D. Jordan -- Clare J. Quish
Vacancy of the Hon. Sheila McGinnis -- Marina E. Ammendola
Vacancy of the Hon. Jean Prendergast Rooney -- Elizabeth A. Karkula

Subcircuit Vacancies

1st Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Orville E. Hambright, Jr. -- vacant

2nd Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Bertina E. Lampkin -- Fredrick H. Bates
Vacancy of the Hon. Marjorie C. Laws -- Adrienne E. Davis
Vacancy of the Hon. James L. Rhodes -- Toya T. Harvey
Vacancy of the Hon. John D. Turner, Jr. -- Travis Richardson
Vacancy of the Hon. Camille E. Willis -- Debra Ann Seaton

3rd Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Maureen Leahy Delehanty -- Patrick T. Stanton

4th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Thomas Davy -- David R. Navarro
Vacancy of the Hon. James Riley -- John A. O'Meara

5th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Patricia Banks -- H. Yvonne Coleman
Vacancy of the Hon. Rickey Jones -- Marian E. Perkins
Vacancy of the Hon. Edward Washington II -- vacant

6th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Richard C. Cooke -- Unfilled
Vacancy of the Hon. Gloria Chevere -- Kent A. Delgado
Vacancy of the Hon. Robert Lopez Cepero -- Stephanie K. Miller

8th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Candace J. Fabri -- Robin D. Shoffner
Vacancy of the Hon. Laura Cha-yu Liu -- Michael A. Forti
Vacancy of the Hon. Sheryl A. Pethers -- Myron F. Mackoff

10th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Eileen O'Neill Burke -- Stephanie Saltouros
Vacancy of the Hon. Donald J. Suriano -- Gerald V. Cleary

11th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Kathleen Kennedy -- Joanne F. Rosado

13th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Clayton J. Crane -- Unfilled
Vacancy of the Hon. Jeffrey Lawrence -- Michael Perry Gerber
Vacancy of Hon. Ann O'Donnell -- Samuel J. Betar, III

15th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. George F. Scully, Jr. -- Diana L. Embil
Vacancy of the Hon. Frank G. Zelezinski -- Anthony C. Swanagan

Updated with additional information on July 22

Friday, July 21, 2017

July 26 fundraiser for Rishi Agrawal

Supporters of Rishi Agrawal's 8th Subcircuit judicial bid have announced a campaign kickoff event for their candidate.

The campaign kickoff will be held on Wednesday, July 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Bar Louie's Dearborn Station - Printers Row location, 47 W. Polk Street. Ald. Ameya Pawar is the Honorary Host for this event; the other listed hosts are Mike Maddaloni, Saadia Siddique, Sufyan Sohel and Will Barroso.

Tickets for the event cost $50 apiece, but sponsorships are available ($100 - Friend, $250 - Benefactor). For more information about the fundraiser, or to reserve tickets, email RishiAgrawalforJudge@gmail.com.

A cautionary tale and a blogger's confession

I removed a name this morning from the list of hosts I initially included in yesterday's post about Judge Clare Joyce Quish's August 9 fundraiser. I admit my share of fault in this: When I got the information for the post from the campaign, I found I could copy and paste the host list without retyping each name, and I did. That meant I just glanced at the list, long enough to notice that this was a list of very prominent people, but not long enough to notice that a sitting judge was listed as one of the hosts.

My readers are more alert than I was. Soon after the post went up, I received a comment along the lines of 'I didn't know So-and-So had retired, but he must have, else why is his name attached to this fundraiser?' I didn't run the comment because it also took a gratuitous, or at least unnecessary, swipe against someone else -- but I am, as always, grateful to the author of the comment for alerting me.

I immediately reached out to the Quish campaign about this and, this morning, word has filtered back: The inclusion of the judge's name in the list was a mistake.

As my kids might have said during their teenage years, no duh.

Still, I'm not here to embarrass anyone. On the other hand, there's no sense in merely editing out the name and pretending it didn't happen; my blog had over 1,000 page views yesterday. And my information was taken from a flyer that had presumably been sent already to prospective donors. It had been seen.

So I offer this episode as a cautionary tale to campaigns going forward: Don't place too much responsibility in the hands of a campaign consultant or fundraiser who may not understand the limitations that the Code of Judicial Conduct puts on judicial campaigns. Have someone with judicial campaign experience look at fundraising invites before they get out into the great wide world.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Associate Judge Samuel Betar III appointed to 13th Subcircuit vacancy

The Illinois Supreme Court today appointed Cook County Associate Judge Samuel J. Betar III to a 13th Subcircuit vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ann O'Donnell.

Betar's appointment is effective July 28; it terminates December 3, 2018.

Judge O'Donnell was first elected to the Circuit Court in 2008; she was retained in 2014.

August 3 fundraiser set for Judge Cecilia Anne Horan

Supporters of Judge Cecilia Horan's countywide judicial campaign are organizing a fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, August 3, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted.

Jeremy Gottschalk, Ray Koenig, 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez, 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O’Connor, and Alain Villeneuve are the listed hosts for this event. Tickets are $125 apiece, and sponsorships are available (Supporter - $250, Sponsor - $500, Patron - $1,000, Chair - $1,500, and Host - $2,500). "Young professionals" will be admitted for $75 each. Tickets are available online at this link.

For more information about the event, or to find out what qualifies as a "young professional", email eric@blueprintcampaignconsulting.com.

August 9 fundraiser set for Lindsay Hugé

Supporters of Lindsay Hugé's 8th Subcircuit campaign have scheduled a fundraiser for their candidate on Wednesday, August 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave.

Aldermen Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward), James Cappleman (46th Ward), Ameya Pawar (47th Ward) and Joe Moore (49th ward) are listed as honorary hosts for this event. "Local jazz talent" will be featured. Tickets cost $75 each ($125 per couple) and sponsorships are available ($250 - Supporter, $500 - Bronze Sponsor, $1,000 - Silver Sponsor, and $2,500 - Gold Sponsor) and may be obtained online at this link.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, call (773) 270-2051 or email james@lasallestrategies.com.

Two early August fundraisers set for Judge Clare Joyce Quish

Revised July 21, 2017

Supporters of Judge Clare Joyce Quish's countywide election bid are planning two fundraisers in early August for their candidate.

The first of these is set for Wednesday, August 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Latinicity, on the 3rd floor of Block 37, 108 N. State Street.

Jonathan Amarilio and Trisha Rich are the listed hosts for this event, which is billed as a "young professionals reception."

Tickets are available for $50 apiece, but sponsorships are available (Supporter - $100, Patron - $200, Sponsor - $500, Host - $1,000, and Chair - $1,500) and may be purchased online at this link.

The second Quish event is set for the following Wednesday, August 9, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at Petterino's, 150 N. Dearborn Street (the reception will be in Petterino's lower level (entrance off Randolph Street). Chuck Cole, Kevin Conway, John Cooney, Robert Cooney Jr., Steven Hart, Keith Hebeisen, Christopher Hurley, Dan Kotin, Patrick Salvi, and Gretchen Harris Sperry are the listed hosts for this reception.

Tickets for this second event are $250 each, and sponsorships are available for this event as well ($500 - Supporter, $1,000 - Patron, $1,500 - Sponsor, $2,500 - Host, and $5,000 - Chair). Tickets may be obtained online at this link.

For more information about the reception, or to reserve tickets, call Eric at (773) 562-9559 or email eric@blueprintcampaignconsulting.com.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

August 9 fundraiser set for Judge David Navarro

Supporters of Judge David Navarro's election bid are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Wednesday, August 9, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Moe's Cantina, 155 W. Kinzie Street. Claudia Castro, Anna Lozoya, Sulema Medrano, Alex Menchaca, Lisette Mojica, Juan Morado Jr., Ernesto Palomo, Martin Quintana, and Federico Rodriguez are the listed hosts for the event.

Tickets for the event are $50 each, and will be available at the door. Sponsorships are available (VIP - $100, Patron - $250, Benefactor - $500). For more information about the fundraiser, or to reserve tickets, email electjudgedavidnavarro@gmail.com or see this page of the candidate's website.

August 1 fundraiser set for Judge Stephanie Saltouros

Supporters of Judge Stephanie Saltouros's 10th Subcircuit election bid are planning a Tuesday, August 1 reception for their candidate, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Billy Goat Inn, 1535 W. Madison St.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available (Host - $500, Sponsor - $1,000, Patron - $2,500, Chair - $5,000). For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email kellymarie@kmmconsulting.com.

Monday, July 17, 2017

47th Ward Democratic Orgainzation to screen judicial candidates on July 25

The 47th Ward Democratic Organization's Judicial Recommendation Committee has announced plans to screen countywide judicial hopefuls, and judicial candidates planning to file in the 6th, 8th, and 10th Subcircuits, on Tuesday, July 25.

Candidates will need to schedule a time for their presentations. To make an appointment, or for additional information about the screening meeting, email Rob Kern at 47thdems@gmail.com. Appointments need to be set up by July 19, Kern told FWIW.

In a press release, Committeeman Paul Rosenfeld stated that more than 20 well-qualified persons applied to serve on the Judicial Recommendation Committee showing "the importance of the 47th Ward in selecting new judges." The 47th Ward's Judicial Recommendation Committee consists of Committeeman Paul Rosenfeld, Michael Del Galdo, Steven Hart, Sandy Morris, Jim Erwin, Brendan Shiller, Jack Lydon, Coral Negron, David Saunders, Jay Edelson, Matthew Belcher, and Jennifer Russell.

John Fotopolous appointed to countywide vacancy

The Illinois Supreme Court has today appointed Orland Park attorney John S. Fotopoulos to the countywide vacancy created by the recent retirement of Judge Evelyn B. Clay. The appointment is effective August 7 and terminates December 3, 2018.

Fotopoulos has been licensed as an attorney since 2000, according to ARDC. He was a candidate for a 15th Subcircuit vacancy in the 2014 Primary. Currently, Fotopoulos operates a law office in Orland Park, focusing on personal injury and criminal defense matters.

July 25 fundraiser for Judge Stephanie Miller

Supporters of Judge Stephanie Miller's 6th Subcircuit election bid are planning a Tuesday, July 25 reception for their candidate, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Billy Goat Inn, 1535 W. Madison St.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 each, and sponsorships are available (Host - $150, Sponsor - $300, Patron -- $500, Chair - $1,000). Appetizers will be served; there will be a limited open bar. For more information, or to reserve tickets, email info@electjudgestephaniemiller.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gino Betts to seek 5th Subcircuit vacancy

Attorney Gino Betts has announced plans to seek a 5th Subcircuit vacancy in the 2018 primary. His supporters have set up a campaign website touting his candidacy. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

According to ARDC, Betts has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 2009. Betts' campaign biography states that he now works for Chicago's "police oversight agency," presumably the Independent Police Review Authority, although a Facebook page indicates he is employed by the new Civilian Office of Police Accountability (which is scheduled to formally start operations in mid-September). Some uncertainty in this regard is understandable, during this time of transition.

Betts' campaign biography is far more certain about his background before becoming involved in police accountability matters. An excerpt:
I grew up in Chicago on a block where no one came outside. We stayed indoors to insulate ourselves from the drugs and crime outside the front door. Unfortunately, that did not work. Inside the house, I had family addicted to crack cocaine. In my young mind, I thought if we just got the drugs off the street, then the crime would stop too. So, after graduating from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and completing undergraduate and law degrees, I became a prosecutor.​

For years, I worked to get drugs, guns and murderers off our streets. But working in court every day, it seemed that the crime was largely a symptom of an underlying epidemic: poverty. Most of the defendants that came into my courtroom were poor, black, drug addicted and/or mentally ill, just like folks in my family. These conditions inspired me to attack this public health issue from another direction. So, I quit my job as a prosecutor to join Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management....
According to his campaign biography, Betts also serves on the Auxiliary Board of Christ the King Jesuit Preparatory School and as a Director of the Civic Leadership Board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago. The campaign biography also notes that Betts has served as "associate board president" of Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization.

Two fundraisers next week for Judge Cecilia Horan

Supporters of Judge Cecilia Anne Horan's countywide judicial bid have scheduled two fundraisers for their candidate next week, on Tuesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 20.

The July 18 event will be held at 3000 N. Sheridan Rd. Nick Furtwengler, Matthew Jannusch, Adam Kolrzan, James Nawrocki, and Moses Suarez are the listed hosts for this fundraising reception. Tickets are $50 apiece, but sponsorships are available ($100 - Supporter, $200 - Patron, $500 - Sponsor, $1,000 - Host, $1,500 - Chair). Because this event will be staged at a private residence, persons interested in attending need to call (773) 562-9559 or email eric@blueprintcampaignconsulting.com for more specific information about the event.

The Chicago office of the law firm of Quarles & Brady will be the site of Judge Horan's July 20 fundraiser. Jack Bentley and Anneke Diem are the listed hosts for this event. Tickets for this event are also $50 each and sponsorships are available at the same levels as the July 18 fundraiser ($100 - Supporter, $200 - Patron, $500 - Sponsor, $1,000 - Host, $1,500 - Chair). For more information about this event, or to reserve tickets, interested persons should also call (773) 562-9559 or email eric@blueprintcampaignconsulting.com.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

July 13 fundraiser set for Judge David R. Navarro

Supporters of Judge David R. Navarro's election bid are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, July 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Tufano's Vernon Park Tap, 1073 W. Vernon Park Place, Chicago. Tickets will be available at the door and are priced at $100 each (government employees will be admitted for $50). Sponsorships are also available (Friend - $250, Patron - $500, Benefactor - $1,000).

Former Cook County State's Attorney Richard A. Devine is the host for the event. For more information, or to reserve tickets, email electjudgedavidnavarro@gmail.com or see this Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Travis Richardson website goes live, July 13 fundraiser set

A campaign website has been established for Judge Travis Richardson. That's a link to the campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the blog Sidebar.

Unlike many campaign websites at this early stage of the campaign, Richardson's makes clear that he is not just running in the 2nd Subcircuit, he is running for the Turner vacancy, the vacancy to which the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him earlier this year. Prior to his appointment, Richardson was a partner in the firm of Richardson & Mackoff (his partner, Myron F. Mackoff, left the firm a few months earlier to take up duties as a Circuit Court judge from the 8th Subcircuit). Richardson was a candidate for a 2nd Subcircuit vacancy in the 2016 Primary, garnering the Tribune's endorsement and a "Well Qualified" rating from the Chicago Council of Lawyers in the course of his campaign.

Richardson's campaign bio notes that, before his ascension to the bench, he "acted as general counsel for Wireless Wearables, Inc., Xi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and ONYX Architectural Services, Inc." Richardson has served as the Financial Secretary for the Cook County Bar Association and on the Elections Committee of the National Bar Association. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School, Richardson has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1997.

Richardson's supporters have scheduled a July 13 fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, July 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, 35 E. Wacker. Tickets are priced at $100 each and will be available at the door. Sponsorships are also available ($250 - Friend, $500 - Host, $1,000 - Co-Chair).

The listed honorary chairs for the event are Ald. Carrie Austin, Vice-Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party; Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois; MWRD Commissioner Tim Bradford, Vice-Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party; Ald. Howard Brookins, Jr.; Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers; and Winston & Strawn partner Sam Mendenhall. For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email Info@CraticShaffer.com or call (312) 798-9376.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Campaign website launched, June 29 fundraiser set for Judge Tricia Payne

Supporters of Judge Tricia Payne's election bid have launched a campaign website on her behalf. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar. There is also a Facebook campaign page.

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Payne to the countywide Brewer vacancy at the end of 2016. At the time of her appointment, as her campaign bio notes, was a "Will County Assistant Public Defender serving as a felony supervisor and an organizing member of the Will County Mental Health Court."

A Chicago native (and Whitney Young alum, according to her campaign bio), Payne currently resides in the City of Chicago with her husband and daughter. She was licensed in Illinois in 1997. Her campaign bio notes that she clerked for various agencies, including the Chicago Housing Authority, before becoming a lawyer. After receiving her license, and before joining the Will County PD's office, Payne was a solo practitioner. She "was a founding member and former president of the Black Bar Association of Will County, also chairing the Barrister's Ball and Clothing Drive," according to her campaign website.

Payne's supporters have scheduled a fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, June 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Woodie's Flat Chicago, 1535 N. Wells Street in Chicago. Tickets are priced at $100 each and will be available at the door. Sponsorships are also available ($150 - Supporter, $250 - Sponsor, $500 - Host, $1,000 - Chair).

The listed hosts for the event are Cong. Danny Davis, MWRD Commissioner Tim Bradford, Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Ald. Michelle Harris, Ald. Howard Brookins, Jr., Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr., and Ald. Roderick Sawyer. For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email Info@CraticShaffer.com or call (312) 798-9376.

One thing the Legislature may be doing while it is not passing a budget

The Illinois House is considering a bill, introduced by Rep. Luis Arroyo, to amend the Cook County subcircuit statute, 705 ILCS 35/2f, to allow Cook County subcircuit boundaries to be redrawn after the next census. The bill is HB 711. Current status, according to the Illinois General Assembly website, is as follows (click on image to enlarge or clarify):


Interestingly, no amendment appears to have been offered to §2f(e) of the Circuit Courts Act, 705 ILCS 35/2f(e). Section 2f(e) provides:
A resident judge elected from a subcircuit shall continue to reside in that subcircuit as long as he or she holds that office. A resident judge elected from a subcircuit after January 1, 2008, must retain residency as a registered voter in the subcircuit to run for retention from the circuit at large thereafter.
This provision was added to §2f after the Illinois Attorney General issued an opinion in 2006, No. 06-005, stating that subcircuit judges could move from the subcircuit after being retained in office. That's because judges are not retained in office by only the voters in their subcircuit; instead, they must face a countywide yes or no vote. The Legislature may not have intended that subcircuit judges would be permitted to move after their first retention election -- as §2f(e) would subsequently confirm -- but the Attorney General concluded that, after facing all of Cook County's voters in a retention election, the "unit" electing the judge was different than it was originally and the newly retained judge would be free to relocate anywhere within that new, larger unit (in our case, anywhere within Cook County).

The problem with §2f(e) is that it may be unconstitutional: In Thies v. State Board of Elections, 124 Ill.2d 317, 529 N.E.2d 565 (1988), the Illinois Supreme Court stated that the Legislature is without power to impose requirements for judicial office greater than those imposed by the Illinois Constitution. In that case, the Legislature had created a judgeship for Champaign County, insisting that anyone running for that position be a resident of Champaign County, but requiring also that the judge would be elected by all the voters in the Sixth Circuit -- which included counties other than Champaign. In other words, a duly licensed attorney residing in the unit from which the judge was to be elected was ineligible under the statute unless he or she lived in Champaign County. This, the Supreme Court said, the Legislature could not do.

In her 2006 opinion, the Attorney General determined that the reasoning of the Thies court would likely apply in the case of a judge moving from a subcircuit after being retained in office; after a judge is retained by the entire county, the unit selecting that judge had changed.

Section 11 of Article VI of the 1970 Illinois Constitution provides:
No person shall be eligible to be a Judge or Associate Judge unless he is a United States citizen, a licensed attorney-at-law of this State, and a resident of the unit which selects him. No change in the boundaries of a unit shall affect the tenure in office of a Judge or Associate Judge incumbent at the time of such change.
Section 12(d) of Article VI provides that circuit court judges must run in retention elections (emphasis mine):
Not less than six months before the general election preceding the expiration of his term of office, a Supreme, Appellate or Circuit Judge who has been elected to that office may file in the office of the Secretary of State a declaration of candidacy to succeed himself. The Secretary of State, not less than 63 days before the election, shall certify the Judge’s candidacy to the proper election officials. The names of Judges seeking retention shall be submitted to the electors, separately and without party designation, on the sole question whether each Judge shall be retained in office for another term. The retention elections shall be conducted at general elections in the appropriate Judicial District, for Supreme and Appellate Judges, and in the circuit for Circuit Judges. The affirmative vote of three-fifths of the electors voting on the question shall elect the Judge to the office for a term commencing on the first Monday in December following his election.
No provision was made for retaining judges by subcircuit because there were no subcircuits in 1970. So, although the Legislature clearly rejected the AG's opinion in 2007 when §2f(e) was passed, the constitutional argument has not been resolved.

Ah, well. If legislators did their jobs better, even more lawyers would be out of work than presently.

Meanwhile, if HB 711 becomes law, subcircuits will get redrawn in time for the 2022 primary. That would be interesting.

Recent comments I've suppressed.... and why

Figuring out which comments to let through and which to flush isn't always easy for this blogger.

Sure, it's easy to bar comments that say Judge So-and-So is a crook and it's harmless enough to let through comments like Congratulations to new Judge So-and-So; she'll do a great job. It's the ones in between that get the blogger into trouble.

If I set out to offend someone, you (and the person to be offended) will know about it. But I feel bad when I offend people by accident. And yet I have offended people inadvertently -- as I was reminded a couple of months ago now when I was invited by a mutual acquaintance to have coffee with a person who has been frequently lampooned in comments on this blog. This person hadn't reached out to me before, but had been doing a slow burn every time a judge or politician or friend would call and say did you see what they're saying about you on Leyhane's blog? Well, I didn't know that this person was becoming increasingly upset; when you don't hear from someone, it's easy to jump to the conclusion that the person doesn't mind... there are those, after all, who subscribe to the theory that all publicity is good publicity.

And then there are others who immediately let me know they don't like this comment, or that one. I encourage people not to be too thin-skinned. Politics ain't beanbag, as Finley Peter Dunne's Mr. Dooley once correctly opined. And don't we already have the terrible example of too-thin-skinned in the White House? No slight, no matter how slight, can go unresponded, usually in a 3:00 a.m. tweet. Better to laugh off a snide remark or two or, at least, if you can't do that (as my baseball-playing sons would shout at a teammate who'd been hit by a pitch), don't rub it.

On the other hand, my aim is to pass good information along, not to toughen the psyches of some or indulge the meanness of others. So when a comment comes in, and I know it will be offensive to someone, I have to make a calculation: How interesting or valuable -- and how likely true -- is the information provided? How deeply intertwined is it within the gratuitous slaps at others? I wish I could edit comments, but I can't. Case in point: Someone recently sent in a prediction about who is likely to be appointed to a current vacancy. It's a plausible bit of speculation -- and some of the speculations provided by readers in these comments have proved spot on -- but I had to take a pass because of how it was worded.

And then there are the commenters that are trying to re-open disputes that have long been resolved -- and not resolved by me, mind you, but by the Cook County Electoral Board and/or the courts in past election cycles. Yes, I understand that challenges may, and probably will, be renewed when and if these candidates refile for new vacancies in the upcoming primary. I will report on the challenges, as I have in the past, the best of my ability and as my day job permits. In the meantime, stop with these kinds of comments. They're not going in.

Also beyond the pale are old-news comments about ARDC issues.

Readers: Did you know you can check any lawyer's ARDC status online? Visit the ARDC website and click on lawyer search in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. Follow the directions and you too can see, inter alia whether this lawyer or that one has been the subject of any complaints by the disciplinary authorities and, if so, how those complaints were resolved. And guess what? The evaluating bar groups can do this, too! And, not only that, every candidate who submits credentials for bar evaluation signs forms giving permission for the bar groups to get further information from ARDC, information that the ARDC would otherwise keep confidential. So the bar groups know more than you, dear anonymous commenters, about this candidate's ARDC history or that one's. So stop trying to plant poisonous comments about prior complaints, OK? The bar groups knew about them and decided that Candidate X was qualified despite a prior ARDC complaint. Those comments aren't going in either.

Just today, someone sent in a comment that, among other things, claimed that Candidate Y had terrible bar ratings. I can't run that. For better or for worse, bar groups do not reveal candidate ratings on a rolling basis. In my opinion, it would be nice to click to a page on the CBA website -- for example -- which listed the names of all persons having current judicial ratings, all hyperlinked to their respective CBA ratings. It would be a greater logistical challenge for the Alliance, with its 11 constituent groups, which is why I used the CBA as my example here. But, either way, no such site exists. All the bar groups will be working diligently right up until the eve of the March 2018 Primary evaluating candidates and the groups' evaluations of every candidate then still in the running will be released all at once. And, meanwhile, although the CBA and the Alliance have both worked very cooperatively with me through the years, they're not going to let me check whether Candidate Y has current ratings and what those ratings are -- which I'd want to do before deciding to let such a comment through. So -- although there may have been some merit to the comment, I can't run it.

I am grateful for the comments that come into the blog. I know readers value them. I will let through what I think I can. But I can't let them all in and, now, perhaps, you better understand why.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Twenty-eight countywide judicial hopefuls present credentials for pre-slating

The Cook County Democratic Party has released the names of the 28 countywide judicial hopefuls presenting their credentials at this week's pre-slating meeting. In order of their scheduled appearances, candidates seeking Party support at this juncture are:
  • Clare Quish
  • Cecilia Horan
  • Elizabeth Karkula
  • Litricia Payne
  • Rick Cenar
  • Jonathan Clark Green
  • Jack Hagerty
  • Preston Jones, Jr.
  • Kathleen Lanahan
  • William McLaughlin
  • James Murphy-Aguliu
  • Thomas Nowinski
  • Mike O'Malley
  • James Pontrelli
  • James Reilly
  • Tom Sianis
  • Christ Stacey
  • Daniel Trevino
  • Oran Whiting
  • Tom McGuire
  • Ioana Salajanu
  • Mike Gonzalez
  • Lynn Weaver
  • Erin Antonietti
  • Athena Farmakis
  • Joseph Clary
  • John Maher
  • Marina Ammendola
Each of the five judges serving in countywide vacancies pursuant to Supreme Court appointment (Claire Quish, Cecilia Horan, Elizabeth Karkula, Litricia Payne, and Marina Ammendola) are requesting Party support. The total number of countywide vacancies that will be on the March 2018 primary ballot is not yet known -- it likely will be more than five, but certainly many fewer than 28 -- and the actual number of vacancies won't be known when the Democratic Central Committee convenes in August for its formal slating meeting. (That's one reason why alternates are typically designated.) Although some of the sitting judges are likely to be endorsed by the Party, if history is any guide (and it usually is), not all will be slated.

Some of the candidates appearing for pre-slating may ultimately choose to run in subcircuits instead of countywide. Candidates who already know they will be seeking the Party's endorsement in subcircuit elections would not appear for the pre-slating meeting. Democratic in each subcircuit control slating for subcircuit vacancies. Many subcircuits will hold slating sessions; if and when information becomes available concerning these slating meetings, I will pass it along.

Jazzing with Judge Richardson fundraiser on Friday, July 7

Supporters of Judge Travis Richardson's 2nd Subcircuit election bid are planning a combination birthday celebration and fundraiser for their candidate on Friday, July 7, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., at The eXcel Center, 8236 S. Western Avenue.

The suggested donation for the event, billed as "an evening of cool jazz on a hot night," is $25. Listed hosts for the event are 21st Ward Ald. Howard Brookins, County Commissioner Stanley Moore (4th Dist.), and 27th Dist. State Rep. Justin Slaughter. For more information about the fundraiser, or to reserve tickets, call (312) 296-3453.

July 13 Campaign Kickoff set for Judge John A. O'Meara

Supporters of Judge John A. O'Meara's election bid in the 4th Subcircuit are planning a campaign kickoff fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, July 13, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., at 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle Street.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available (Bronze - $250, Silver - $500, Gold - $1,000). For more information, or to reserve tickets, see this Facebook events page or this page on the candidate's campaign website.

Campaign website, June 29 campaign kickoff announced for Judge H. Yvonne Coleman

Judge H. Yvonne Coleman just took office in March of this year, when the Illinois Supreme Court appointed her to fill the Banks vacancy in the 5th Subcircuit, but her supporters have wasted no time in setting up a campaign website on her behalf. That's a link to the campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the blog Sidebar as well.

Coleman was in private practice at the time of her appointment, concentrating, according to her LinkedIn profile, "in employment and civil rights litigation, workplace investigations, and mediation." She previously served, according to the LinkedIn profile, as Bureau Chief of the Civil Rights and Disability Rights Bureaus in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, and as Manager and Chief Hearing Officer, Appeals Division, with the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Coleman also served as General Counsel with the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, according to LinkedIn.

Coleman's supporters have announced a campaign kickoff for their candidate, to be held on Thursday, June 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th Street.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available ($250, $500, $1,000). To reserve tickets, or for more information, call (773) 609-3615 or email ElectJudgeColeman@gmail.com.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

It might be interesting to hang around the entrance to 134 N. LaSalle today and tomorrow....

Of course, it will be hot. And humid. And there may be a stray shower this morning.

But it will be interesting to watch who goes in and out.

Why?

The Cook County Democratic Party is conducting its pre-slating meeting today at 9:00 a.m., and at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, June 23, 2017, in the 7th floor conference room of the 134 N. LaSalle St. building.

FWIW let readers know about this week's sewing circle in this May 23 post -- and that post provided information on how judicial wannabes could seek an invitation to peddle their résumés inside that conference room.

Perhaps the Committee might still hear from wannabes who seek appointments today. Do as you think best -- but I wouldn't count on a favorable reception. If you haven't yet obtained an invite, it may be best not to advance beyond the front door.

Enjoy the people watching.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Justice Theis announces application process for new 5th Subcircuit vacancy

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis has announced an application process to fill a vacancy in the 5th Subcircuit that has been created by the retirement of Judge Edward Washington, II.

The deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017. To be considered, applicants must be attorneys in good standing, licensed to practice in Illinois, and residents of the 5th Subcircuit.

Persons who have submitted applications for prior vacancies will be required to submit new applications in order to be considered for this vacancy, according to the Court's press release. Current bar evaluations should be supplied with the applications where available; however, according to the Court's press release, applications may be submitted without bar evaluations.

Applicants will be screened by the 11-member Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening and by the Chicago Bar Association. Applicants will also be screened by Justice Theis's special judicial screening committee, cochaired by retired U.S. District Court Judge Wayne R. Andersen and retired Illinois Appellate Court Judge Michael J. Gallagher.

The appointment will be effective until December 3, 2018, when the person elected to fill Judge Washington's vacancy is sworn in.

Friends and family fundraiser set for Judge Debra A. Seaton on Saturday, June 24

Supporters of Judge Debra A. Seaton's 2nd Subcircuit election bid are planning a "Friends & Family Fundraiser" for their candidate this coming Saturday, June 24, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 8500 S. Carpenter St., Chicago.

A minimum suggested fundraising contribution of $20 is requested. Francis Chinaka is hosting this event. For more information, or to reserve your place, please call (708) 218-2989 or email citizens2electJudgeDebraSeaton@gmail.com.

Fundraiser tomorrow for Judge Cecilia Horan at the University Club

Supporters of Judge Cecilia Horan's bid to hold her countywide seat are planning a fundraiser for their candidate tomorrow, June 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the University Club, 76 E. Monroe.

Tickets for the event are $150 each, but sponsorships are available ($250 - Supporter, $500 - Patron, $1,000 - Sponsor, $1,500 - Host, and $2,500 - Chair). Discounted tickets, for $100 each, are available to "associates" -- defined for this purpose as attorneys in practice for less than five years. Andy and Lynn Kopon and Kopon Airdo LLC are the listed hosts for this occasion.

For additional information about the event, or to reserve tickets, email eric@blueprintcampaignconsulting.com or call Eric at (773) 562-9559.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tiana Ellis Blakely to seek 2nd Subcircuit vacancy, campaign website launched

Assistant Public Defender Tiana Ellis Blakely has announced plans to seek a 2nd Subcircuit vacancy in the March 2018 primary. That's a link to Blakely's campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar. She also has a campaign Facebook page.

According to ARDC, Blakely was licensed to practice law in Illinois in 2004. Her campaign bio notes that Blakely has served in the Cook County Public Defender's Office for her entire career, working in "several divisions including Child Protection, First Municipal, and Felony Trial." The campaign bio states that Blakely "has litigated over 200 cases from Battery to First Degree Murder."

Blakely was born in Chicago and raised in the Roseland community, where she attended Chicago Public Schools. She did her undergraduate work at SIU and graduated from Loyola University Chicago Law School. Blakely still lives in Roseland, with her husband and three children. According to the campaign bio, Blakely "speaks in neighborhood high schools about crime prevention, and volunteers at senior centers throughout her community." Blakely is a member of the Cook County Bar Association, the Black Women Lawyers Association, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She has served as Vice President of the Poe Classical School PTA and on the Fernwood Park Advisory Council.

Campaign website goes live for Judge Robin D. Shoffner

A campaign website is now online in support of Judge Robin D. Shoffner's 8th Subcircuit election bid. That's a link to the campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar. There is also a Facebook campaign page.

Shoffner's campaign bio stresses her pre-judicial service as a trial attorney for the Federal Civil Rights Division of the Corporation Counsel's Office, Senior Litigation Counsel for Aon Risk Services, and with the law firm currently known as Albert, Whitehead, P.C. It also notes Shoffner's service as President of the Black Women Lawyers' Association and as a past board member of the Cook County Bar Association. Shoffner was licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1990.

According to her campaign bio, Shoffner is an active member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, serving on the Finance Committee and the HIV/AIDS Ministry. Shoffner lives in the South Loop community with her daughter, who attends the South Loop Elementary School.

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Shoffner to the Fabri vacancy in the 8th Subcircuit in 2016. Before that, Shoffner served in a 5th Subcircuit vacancy.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 28 fundraiser set for Judge Debra A. Seaton

Supporters of Judge Debra A. Seaton's election bid are holding a fundraiser for their candidate on Wednesday, June 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Chicago offices of Faegre Baker Daniels, 311 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 4300. Francis Chinaka is hosting the event.

Tickets are $100 apiece, but current Assistant State's Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders can buy discounted tickets for $25 each. Solo practitioners and attorneys in small firms can obtain discounted tickets for $50 each. Sponsorships are also available ($250 - Sponsors, $500 - Friends).

For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, call (773) 503-4285 or email www.Citizens2ElectJudgeDebraSeaton@gmail.com (and, if that looks more like a campaign website than an email address, that may well prove to be the case -- but there is no campaign website on line -- not yet).

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Seaton to the Willis vacancy in the 2nd Subcircuit just last month.

Campaign website launched for Judge Stephanie Saltouros

Judge Stephanie Saltouros now has a campaign website up and running. That's a link to the website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Saltourous's campaign bio details her 12 years of experience in the State's Attorney's Office, noting that she led the "Domestic Violence prosecution team in the Second Municipal District, where she used her expertise in that area to prosecute hundreds of domestic abusers" and her subsequent service in the Felony Review Unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office, where, according to her campaign site, she "worked closely with police officers from Chicago, Park Ridge, Niles, Des Plaines, and Glenview, assisting in hundreds of investigations that led to the prosecution and conviction of thousands of criminals." The last five years of her career in the State's Attorney's Office were spent as a felony prosecutor. Saltouros started her own practice in 2008. FWIW readers will recall that Saltouros was slated by the Democratic Party for a 10th Subcircuit vacancy in the March 2016 primary. She withdrew from that race, however, throwing her support to Judge Eve Marie Reilly, the eventual primary winner. Saltouros was appointed to the bench in September 2016.

Saltouros and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two children. Judge Saltourous served on her local school counsel and volunteered for the PTA while her children attended Chicago Public Schools. She is a member of the board of the Emergent Theatre.

According to Saltouros's campaign website, State Rep. Robert F. Martwick, Jr. is the Chair of the campaign. Jacob Kaplan, the Executive Director of the Cook County Democratic Party, is the Campaign Manager and Field Director. Michael Tierney is the Assistant Field Director.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rishi Agrawal announces plans to seek 8th Subcircuit seat, campaign website goes live

Chicago attorney Rishi Agrawal has announced plans to seek an 8th Subcircuit vacancy. A campaign website has recently gone live. That's a link to the website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar. There is also a campaign Facebook page.

Agrawal has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1998, according to ARDC. Since 2007, has been the principal of the Agrawal Firm, LLC, according to his campaign bio. Before that, Agrawal worked for Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg, LLP, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., and the Will County Public Defender's Office.

A former President of the Asian American Bar Association, Agrawal's campaign bio notes that he also "chaired the host committee for the 2005 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) conference, served on the board of the National South Asian Bar Association (now South Asian Bar Association of North America) and held several positions with the Indian American Bar Association (IABA) (now known as the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago), including President and Vice President for Professional Development."

During his service with the IABA, Agrawal helped "renew" the Cyriac D. Kappil Legal Clinic at the Indo-American Center, which, according to the campaign bio, "is now one of the largest pro-bono legal clinics in Chicago." Agrawal is currently serving a second elected term on the South Loop Elementary School Local School Council and has also coached the South Loop Elementary Debate Team for several years.

Sean Kelly to make 6th Subcircuit run; campaign website launched, June 22 fundraiser set

A veteran DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney, Sean Patrick Kelly, is looking for work closer to his Chicago home: Kelly has announced his intention to seek a judicial vacancy in Cook County's 6th Judicial Subcircuit. His supporters have set up a campaign website and scheduled a June 22 fundraiser for their candidate. That's a link to the campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the blog Sidebar. Kelly also has a campaign Facebook page.

Kelly has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 2006, according to ARDC. After graduating from John Marshall Law School in 2005, Kelly went to work for the Haymarket Group LLC, an independent management consulting and business advisory firm serving the energy/oil and gas industries, rising to General Counsel, according to his campaign bio. Kelly joined the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office in 2007. He currently works in the felony narcotics unit of that office.

Kelly and his family.
As noted, Kelly's supporters are throwing a fundraiser for their candidate this coming Thursday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 N. Dearborn Pkwy.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available ($500, $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000). There is a dress code at the Racquet Club; men are required to wear a jacket and tie. Valet parking is available. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call Erica at (312) 909-1418 or email ericakkelly@gmail.com.

Campaign website goes live for Judge John A. O'Meara

A campaign website has been established in furtherance of Judge John A. O'Meara's bid to hold onto the 4th Subcircuit seat to which he was appointed late last year. That's a link to the website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

According to ARDC, O'Meara has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1995. O'Meara's campaign biography notes that his legal career actually began the year before that: "Under authority granted by Supreme Court Rule 711, in his last year at The John Marshall Law School, [O'Meara] prosecuted traffic and business offenses for" the Corporation Counsel's Office, "conducting hundreds of bench trials."

After graduation, O'Meara stayed with the City of Chicago as an Assistant Corporation Counsel before moving to a "private practice in civil litigation defense successfully defending individuals, companies, municipalities, and Fortune 500 corporations in complex tort litigation." O'Meara joined Curcio Law Offices in 2001, according to the campaign biography, becoming a partner in the firm soon thereafter. With Curcio's office, according to the firm biography, O'Meara represented "victims of injury or wrongful death due to medical malpractice, product liability or other torts." O'Meara was practicing with Curcio's office at the time of his appointment to the bench.

O'Meara and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of four children. The campaign also has a Facebook page and a Twitter handle (I think that's the right way to say it...).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Marian E. Perkins appointed to 5th Subcircuit vacancy

Updated and corrected to reflect additional information provided.

The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday appointed Marian Emily Perkins to a 5th Subcircuit vacancy that will be created by the forthcoming retirement of Judge Rickey Jones. Perkins' appointment is effective July 13; it will expire on December 3, 2018.

Perkins currently operates the Law Office of Marian E. Perkins, P.C., in Chicago's Loop. She has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1987. A past president of the Cook County Bar Association, Perkins is also a longtime Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Law at Chicago State University. According to her LinkedIn page, Perkins began her legal career in the office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender; she also worked for several years as an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney and, during the mid-90s, as a staff attorney for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Perkins was an associate judge finalist in 2016.

June 28 fundraiser announced for Judge Robin Denise Shoffner


Supporters of Judge Robin Denise Shoffner's 8th Subcircuit election campaign are throwing a fundraiser for their candidate on Wednesday, June 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson.

Aldermen Brendan Reilly (42nd), James Cappleman (46th), and Brian Hopkins (2nd) are the hosts for this event. Tickets are $100 apiece, but sponsorships are available ($150 - Supporter, $250 - Sponsor, $500 - Host, $1,500 - Chair). Tickets will be available at the door. For more information about the fundraiser, or to reserve tickets in advance, email INFO@craticshaffer.com or call (312) 798-9376.

June 26 fundraiser set for Judge Kent Delgado

Supporters of Judge Kent Delgado's 6th Subcircuit election bid have announced a Monday, June 26 fundraiser for their candidate at the Plymouth Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, 327 South Plymouth Ct.

Tickets for the event, which will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., are $150 each, but sponsorships are available ($250 - Bronze, $500 - Silver, $1,000 - Gold, $2,500 - Platinum). Kevin Forde, Michael Forde, Hon. Henry Simmons (Ret), Thomas M. Tully, and John J. Tully are the listed hosts. For more information about the fundraiser, email nick@cfoconsults.com; to reserve tickets click on this link.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 29 fundraiser set for Judge Mike Gerber

Supporters of Judge Mike Gerber's election bid are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Thursday, June 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Ditka's Restaurant, 2000 W. Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights. Tickets for the event are $150 each, but government employees can buy tickets for $75 each. Sponsorships are also available (Bronze - $500, Silver - $1,000, Gold - $2,500, Platinum = $5,600). For more information about the event, or to reserve tickets, call (312) 720-3904 or email info@gerberforjudge.com.

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Gerber to the Lawrence vacancy in the 13th Subcircuit in December 2016. He will be a candidate in the Republican primary in that far northwest suburban Republican enclave.

Website goes live, June 19 fundraiser set for Judge Stephanie Miller

A campaign website has been set up in support of Judge Stephanie Miller's bid to retain her 6th Subcircuit seat. That's a link to the campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the blog Sidebar.

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Miller to the Lopez Cepero vacancy in the 6th Subcircuit earlier this year. Her campaign bio notes that, prior to her appointment, Miller served as an Assistant State's Attorney, supervising "several attorneys in felony trial courtrooms in courthouses throughout the county." While an ASA, Miller "co-founded the National LGBT Prosecutor’s Bar Association and served as the treasurer for the National Hispanic Prosecutor’s Association."

According to her campaign website, Miller lives with her wife and twins "in Chicago where she is an active member of the West Bucktown Neighborhood Association, Maplewood and Lucy Flowers Park Advisory Counsel and Friends of Goethe Elementary School."

Miller's supporters are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Monday, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the @mosphere Bar, 5355 North Clark Street. Tickets for the event are $50 each but sponsorships are available (Host - $150, Sponsor - $300, Patron - $500, Chair - $1,000). For more information about the fundraiser, or to reserve tickets, email Michilla@electjudgestephaniemiller.com.

Two new judicial campaign websites found on the Internet

Here are two judicial candidates who haven't yet reached out to me at jackleyhane@yahoo.com -- but I found them anyway.

On the left is Stephan J. Feldman. I've added a link to his campaign website in the blog Sidebar; Feldman also has a campaign Facebook page up and running.

FWIW readers may recall that Feldman ran for a countywide vacancy in the 2014 primary. This time, according to his campaign website, Feldman has his sights set on an 8th Subcircuit vacancy. The campaign website also contains a link to Feldman's law firm site. I think they call that "synergy" in business school.

Licensed as an attorney since 2001, according to ARDC, Feldman's campaign website stresses his experience as a hearing officer for the Secretary of State's Office, presiding over 1,000 contested hearings. Since 2011, according to the campaign website, Feldman has also served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the John Marshall Law School, teaching trial advocacy. Feldman's Facebook campaign page says that he is a lifelong resident of the Gold Coast, attending the Ogden School and graduating from the Francis W. Parker School.

On the right is Ioana Salajanu, a partner with Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC, who is bidding, according to her campaign website, to become Cook County's first ever Romanian-born judge. I've added Salajanu's campaign website to the blog Sidebar as well; she also has a Facebook campaign page.

Salajanu was licensed in Illinois in 2000. Her firm biography notes that Salajanu did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, taking her B.A. in 1996. Her principal areas of practice, according to the Rock Fusco site, are commercial finance, corporate transactions, commercial litigation and real estate. Her campaign Facebook page notes that she was born in Oradea, Romania, immagrating to the United States in 1983. She lives in Skokie, where she is raising three children.

Her campaign website specifies that she intends to seek a seat in the 9th Subcircuit. And her Facebook campaign page contains photographic proof that State Rep. Lou Lang, who doubles as Niles Township Committeeman, attended her April 18 campaign kickoff. That's not necessarily an endorsement -- and Salajanu's Facebook page carefully notes that her reception was attended by supporters and Rep. Lang -- but it certainly is a feather in the cap of a first-time candidate.

There's just one problem... is there a 9th Subcircuit vacancy yet? Whose?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 23 fundraiser for Judge Joanne Rosado

Judge Joanne Rosado's supporters have scheduled a fundraiser for their candidate on Friday, June 23, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Underpass Lounge, 9400 Grand Ave. in Franklin Park.

River Grove Mayor Dave Guerin and Franklin Park Mayor (and Leyden Township Committeeman) Barrett Pederson are sponsoring the event. Tickets are $75 each, but sponsorships are available (Friend - $150, Supporter -- $250, Sponsor - $500, Host - $1,000). For more information about the fundraiser, or to order tickets, call or email Pericles Abbasi at (773) 368-5423 or Pericles@UChicago.edu.

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Rosado to the Kennedy vacancy in the 11th Subcircuit earlier this year.

Lindsay Hugé campaign website launched

Assistant Public Defender Lindsay Hugé has announced plans to seek a judicial seat in the 8th Subcircuit. That's a link to the candidate's campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Hugé has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1989, and has been with the Public Defender's office throughout his career. According to his campaign bio, Hugé also taught history at DePaul University from 2001 to 2003 and has taught law and history at Columbia College since 1998. While still teaching and practicing law, Hugé found time to earn a second M.A. in literature from DePaul in 2008 (he earned an M.A. in history from Loyola University Chicago in 2000) and an LLM in intellectual property from John Marshall Law School in 2014.

His campaign bio also notes that Hugé has also served on the boards of the City Lit Theater and the Cliff Dwellers Club. He has also been active in the Chicago Bar Association (past Chair of Law & Literature committee), the Advocates Society, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Organization of American Historians, the Chicago History Museum, the American Motorcycle Association, the Chicago Jazz Institute, and Steppenwolf Theater.

Hugé announced an intention to seek a judicial post in the 2016 primary season, but folded his campaign without filing.

June 19 fundraiser for Oran F. Whiting at Hubbard Inn

Supporters of Oran F. Whiting's judicial campaign are planning a fundraiser for their candidate on Monday, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Hubbard Inn, 110 West Hubbard.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, but sponsorships are available ($250 - Friend, $750 - Host, $2,500 - Co-Chair, $5,600 - Maximum). Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th Ward) and Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward) are the Honorary Co-Chairs of the event; Cong. Danny Davis, 7th District; Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough; and 10th Dist. State Committeewoman (and former State Rep.) Lauren Beth Gash are the honorary Co-Hosts. For more information, or to order tickets, email info@WhitingForJudge.com or visit this page of the candidate's campaign website.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Campaign website now live for Judge David Navarro

Judge David Navarro was just sworn in a couple of weeks ago. His supporters have already set up a campaign website to support Navarro's efforts to keep the 4th Subcircuit seat he has just assumed. That's a link to the new campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Navarro was an Assistant Attorney General, serving as Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau at the time of his appointment. He has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1993.

According to his campaign website, Navarro also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1994 to 2009, eventually becoming Supervisor of the Professional Standards Unit of that office.

Also according to his campaign website, Navarro is a member of the adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and at The John Marshall Law School, and has served on the faculty of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, training Mexican prosecutors on trial advocacy.

A volunteer Boy Scout leader, directing the Pinewood Derby for Troop 92 each year, Navarro has also coached in the Riverside Little League and for Riverside Recreation soccer and basketball. He serves on the Finance Committee for St. Mary Parish in Riverside. A cross-country runner at the University of Chicago in his undergrad years (winning all-conference and all-association recognition), Navarro remains an avid runner, according to the website, having run 20 Chicago Marathons.

Navarro’s wife, Kelly, is also an attorney. Their two sons attend Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois.

Chicago PI firm sponsors student essay contest, offers $5,000 scholarship as prize

This is apparently the fourth year that Staver Law Group, P.C. has run an essay contest to help college students reach their financial goals, but this is the first time FWIW has been asked to help promote it. The prize is a $5,000 national scholarship; the winner will be determined on December 31.

Applicants must be a United States citizen or permanent resident, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college, university, or graduate program and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Staver's press release adds, "The application consists of an application form, a current high school, college or graduate school transcript and an essay exploring how personal injury lawyers lead safety initiatives and how individuals can promote safety in their everyday life. Scholarship applications will be accepted through December 1."

The application can be accessed at this link on the Staver Law Group website. For additional information about the scholarship contest, email scholarship@chicagolawyer.com.

And, yes, gentle readers, I am aware that I have just given free advertising to the Staver firm, a firm I've never run across in my 37 years of practice (that I can remember, anyway).

But the youngest of my five children just graduated from college a couple of years ago and my wife and I will be paying off the debts we incurred for this purpose for a long time to come -- and that's even though each of my children graduated from college with their own individual loans.

So I'm OK with plugging a firm that offers scholarship money. Every little bit helps. And for those of you who have yet to fill out a FAFSA and experience the blood-curdling, nightmare-inducing shock of seeing what your 'expected parental contribution' turns out to be, well, just wait. After you discover that the amount you think you can afford to give your child for college for the coming year is maybe a fourth of what the government decides you will---somehow---provide, you may come around to my point of view.

Now, the next question: Are there other firms out there that are doing this, too?

Do not hide your lights under a bushel. Let me know (email me at jackleyhane@yahoo.com) and I will do my best to pass the information along.

Alliance of Illinois Judges to install new officers on June 21

The Alliance of Illinois Judges is will induct its new slate of officers for the 2017-18 bar year at a reception on Wednesday, June 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court.

The officers to be installed at this reception are:
  • President: Hon. Mary Trew 
  • Vice President: Hon. Mary Cay Marubio 
  • Secretary: Hon. Sebastian Patti 
  • Treasurer: Hon. Judy Rice 
  • Directors: Hon. James Snyder and Hon. Michael McHale
The AIJ's current President, Hon. Mary Colleen Roberts, will remain an officer of the organization as Past President. Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans will officiate at the installation.

The AIJ will also confer a Community Leadership Award on Owen Daniel-McCarter.

All are invited. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $50 each and may be obtained from this page of the AIJ website.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Campaign website set up for Oran F. Whiting

Supporters of Oran F. Whiting's forthcoming judicial bid have established a campaign website on their candidate's behalf. That's a link to the campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the blog Sidebar.

Licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1987, Whiting currently heads up his own firm with offices in River North. According to Whiting's curriculum vitae, however, supplied to FWIW by one of Whiting's campaign consultants, Frank Calabrese, Whiting has also worked for some of the largest firms in Chicago and the world, starting with Baker & McKenzie after graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center, and moving on thereafter to partnerships with Peterson & Ross; Barnes & Thornburg; Freeborn & Peters; Holland & Knight; Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, LLP; and Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer, P.A. (these last two firms claiming, at different times, to be the largest minority-owned law firms in the country).

Along the way, Whiting has found time to serve as a Commissioner of the Illinois Court of Claims, as a hearing officer for the Illinois Secretary of State and, currently, as a member of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois’ Oversight Committee. Whiting is also the Executive Editor of the ABA's Litigation News. His campaign biography notes that Whiting has also "volunteered for several boards, including the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and the Board of Trustees of the Francis W. Parker School," a school that Whiting attended.

The campaign website also claims a number of endorsements for Whiting, including those of Cong. Danny Davis and Ald. Ed Burke.

Jerry Barrido announces judicial bid, supporters plan June 15 fundraiser

Assistant Public Defender Jerry Barrido has announced plans to seek judicial office in 2018. There is as yet no campaign website, but the campaign does have a Facebook page. When a campaign website is launched, I will have a link to it in the blog Sidebar.

Barrido has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1999. A brief statement on Barrido's Facebook campaign page says he "will bring fairness to the bench having worked with crime victims and for 17 years defended constitutional rights of the indigent accused."

Supporters of Barrido's candidacy have set a Thursday, June 15 Campaign Kickoff for their candidate at Rick's Bar, 939 S. Western Ave. The event will run from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Appetizers will be served; there will be a cash bar. Tickets are available for $50 apiece, but government employees can attend for the discounted price of $25 and there is a $100 "Supporter" sponsorship available. Angela McGovern-Franklin is the chair of the campaign effort and the host of this event. For more information about the event, email barridolaw@gmail.com. If this "evite" link works (and I don't vouch for it, but I am sometimes willing to try new things), tickets can also be purchased by clicking here.