Friday, August 11, 2017

Three of six sitting judges endorsed for countywide judicial vacancies by Cook County Democratic Party

Multiple sources have confirmed that Judges Oran F. Whiting, Cecilia A. Horan, and Clare J. Quish have been endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party for the upcoming March 2018 primary. Judge Elizabeth A. Karkula was named a fourth alternate, meaning four more countywide vacancies would have to open up in time for the primary before she would receive party backing.

Both Judge Marina Ammendola and newly-appointed Judge John S. Fotopoulos were bypassed by the Cook County Democratic Party's Central Committee, but that does not mean neither will receive any party support if they choose to try and stay on the bench: Either Ammendola or Fotopoulos might yet find backing for a subcircuit vacancy.

Meanwhile, in addition to Whiting (endorsed for the Brewer vacancy to which he was just appointed), Horan (Hartigan vacancy), and Quish (Jordan vacancy), the Democrats have endorsed Jonathan Clark Green for the Clay vacancy, Preston Jones Jr. for the Flanagan vacancy, Peter Michael Gonzalez for the McGinnis vacancy, and Jack Hagerty for the Rooney vacancy.

Green is an Assistant Corporation Counsel, working in the Federal Civil Rights Division of that office, according to ARDC; he has been licensed as a lawyer in Illinois since 1986. Preston Jones Jr. is an Assistant Cook County Public Defender and has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1994, according to ARDC. Peter Michael Gonzalez was briefly a candidate during the 2014 election cycle, but withdrew. He was the Democratic Party's fifth alternate selection for the 2016 primary. An attorney since 1994, according to ARDC, Gonzalez practices from an office on West 51st Street in Chicago. Hagerty is a partner in the Chicago office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; he has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1990.

Alternates selected by the Cook County Democratic Party, in order, are Rosa Marie Silva, Tom S. Sianis, Thomas F. McGuire, Elizabeth A. Karkula, Thomas E. Nowinski, Pamela Reaves-Harris, Joseph P. Clary, and Richard 'Rick' Cenar.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

EIGHT ALTERNATES??? WHY NOT JUST RANK EVERYONE WHO PRESENTED, ALL THE WAY UP TO TWENTY-SEVENTH ALTERNATE???

Anonymous said...

ONLY 7 VACANCIES MEANS IT'S A LIGHT HAUL FOR THE PARTY. THEY HAD TO ENDORSE PRITZKER SO HE COULD MAKE UP THE SLACK.

Anonymous said...

ALSO, ROSA SILVA IS IN A GREAT SPOT - THERE WILL BE AT LEAST ONE MORE VACANCY, AND 2016 TAUGHT US THAT LATINAS ARE THE NEW IRISH WOMEN. CONGRATS SOON-TO-BE-JUDGE SILVA!

Jack Leyhane said...

Seriously, ALL CAPS, we gotta teach you about using lower-case letters, too....

Anonymous said...

Sausage Fest 2018!

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. Where are the women? Oh right. They are all calling the professional circulators and running their all-Irish and all-Latina slates to defeat this sausage fest. Chin up Judge Elizabeth. Now you have the money and freedom to run your own campaign. Because paying $50,000 to those chumps is a scam. Just ask half of the 2016 slate that got defeated; some of whom were friends or former colleagues.

Anonymous said...

ANY NEWS FROM THE SUBCIRCUIT ENDORSEMENT SESSIONS?

Anonymous said...

Peter Flynn retiring in 3.

Anonymous said...

Jones was on Brown's Chicken. Great lawyer and great guy. Hope he gets it.