Friday, November 03, 2017

Who Sits Where -- long weekend edition

Now with additions and corrections posted.

A new countywide vacancy (the vacancy of Judge Laurence J. Dunford) has popped up on the official list of vacancies published by the Illinois State Board of Elections, just in time for my favorite two day weekend of the year, the one where we turn the clocks back and thereby gain an extra hour.

Many people forward to the additional hour of sleep. Judicial candidates look forward to the extra hour to gather petition signatures. Anyway, without further preface, herewith the current vacancy list (as usual, 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 -- Oran F. Whiting
Vacancy of the Hon. Evelyn B. Clay -- John S. Fotopoulos
Vacancy of the Hon. Deborah M. Dooling -- vacant
Vacancy of the Hon. Laurence J. Dunford -- vacant
Vacancy of the Hon. Lynn M. Egan -- vacant
Vacancy of the Hon. Thomas E. Flanagan -- Preston Jones, Jr.
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. -- Litricia P. Payne

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 -- Robert F. Harris

6th Subcircuit

Vacancy of the Hon. Gloria Chevere -- Kent A. Delgado
Vacancy of the Hon. Richard C. Cooke -- Charle Beach
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

12th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. William O. Maki -- vacant

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

14th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Rodolfo Garcia -- vacant

15th Subcircuit

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

If you're keeping score at home, you'll notice that there have been three countywide vacancies posted since the Cook County Democratic Party's August slating meeting. The list of eight alternates that emerged from that meeting, which seemed rather... improbable (I'm looking for as neutral a word here as I can) at the time, doesn't seem quite so far-fetched any longer -- at least not for Rosa Maria Silva, Tom S. Sianis, and Thomas F. McGuire. These individuals are now, according to the Democratic Party's August announcement, duly endorsed countywide judicial candidates.


Anonymous said...

How on Earth did you forget that the King of Traffic Court, Hon. Charlie Beach, is sitting in the vacancy briefly held by the illustrious and colorful Judge Richard Cooke !

Anonymous said...

Hello All,

I don't do this often but I just have to correct this Blog today.

The Honorable Charles Beach was appointed to fill the Cooke vacancy in the 6th sub-circuit until the end of next year.

He is now running to keep that seat and on March 20, 2018, he will win by a landslide.

As always, E. P.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jack

I thought Robert Harris was appointed to Washington's vacancy (5th).

Anonymous said...



Jack Leyhane said...

Yeah... this is what happens when I fail to update this post in a timely fashion. (I'd put some sort of red-faced emoji in here if I knew how....)

Anyway... in addition to omitting Judges Beach and Harris, I also omitted Judge Preston Jones, Jr. My apologies for the omissions.