Friday, February 15, 2019

Who Sits Where -- Presidents' Day Weekend Edition

Updated 2/23/19

In my original post, I mistakenly identified a vacancy which did not in fact exist -- in my defense, I had it on good authority -- but it was nevertheless an error -- my error -- for which I apologize. Also, in this update, I must advise of a vacancy created by the sudden passing of Judge Allen F. Murphy.

I've never understood "Presidents' Day." Were the shades of Chester A. Arthur and Millard Fillmore really demanding equal time with Lincoln and Washington? And even if they were, was Congress obliged to give in to their demands?

Regardless, we are now 13 months away from the 2020 Primary, and though that may seem to most people to be a date far off in the future, those hoping to gain, or hold, a place on the Cook County bench in that election are already focusing in, formulating plans, and soliciting support.

What follows is not a comprehensive list of Cook County judicial vacancies but, rather, a list of vacancies that have either been filled by Supreme Court appointment, or for which an application process has been announced, or that I believe to exist even though no announcement has been made. Not all of the "vacancies" listed below are necessarily vacant -- and some of the persons identified as filling these vacancies have not yet actually taken office -- but an official announcement has been made. There are probably other vacancies, beyond those reported here, which the Supreme Court has neither filled nor announced. And, of course, new vacancies will occur in the ordinary course. I can and will update as necessity requires and opportunity permits.

But this is the best information I have now.

As always, all errors of omission or commission in this list are mine alone and I am grateful for additions and corrections provided.

Supreme Court Vacancy

Vacancy of the Hon. Charles E. Freeman -- P. Scott Neville, Jr.

Appellate Court Vacancies

Vacancy of the Hon. P. Scott Neville, Jr. -- Michael B. Hyman1
Vacancy of the Hon. John B. Simon -- John C. Griffin

Countywide Vacancies

Vacancy of the Hon. Carole K. Bellows -- Kerrie Maloney Laytin
Vacancy of the Hon. Matthew E. Coghlan -- James T. Derico, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. Raymond Funderburk -- Celestia L. Mays
Vacancy of the Hon. Diane J. Larsen -- Levander Smith, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. Jessica A. O'Brien -- Lloyd James Brooks
Vacancy of the Hon. Sebastian T. Patti -- Lynn Weaver-Boyle
Vacancy of the Hon. Kevin M. Sheehan -- Marina E. Ammendola

Subcircuit Vacancies

1st Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Rodney Hughes Brooks -- Fredrick H. Bates
Vacancy of the Hon. Vanessa A. Hopkins2 -- Unfilled

2nd Subcircuit
"A" Vacancy3 -- Sondra Nicole Denmark

3rd Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Denise K. Filan -- Daniel E. Maloney
Vacancy of the Hon. Allen F. Murphy -- Unfilled

6th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marya Nega -- Unfilled
Vacancy of the Hon. Kathleen M. Pantle -- Unfilled

7th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marianne Jackson -- Unfilled

8th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. John J. Fleming -- Unfilled4
Vacancy of the Hon. Deborah J. Gubin -- Michael A. Forti

9th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marvin F. Luckman -- Michael A. Strom

10th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Thomas R. Allen -- Unfilled

13th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Margarita Kulys Hoffman -- Unfilled

14th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Robert Bertucci -- Gerardo Tristan, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. William G. Lacy -- Daniel O. Tiernan

15th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. John C. Griffin -- Nichole C. Patton

1 Justice Hyman is a Cook County Circuit Court judge sitting by appointment to the Appellate Court. The language of the Supreme Court's order appointing Justice Hyman to this vacancy suggests that, unless he runs for, and wins a seat on the Appellate Court in 2020, he will return to his original position as a Circuit Court judge. For this reason I have not included a "Hyman vacancy" among the countywide openings.

2 The late Rhonda Crawford won the Democratic Party's nomination for this vacancy in the 2016 primary but never took office.

3 Vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alexander White.

4 Jeanne Marie Wrenn was appointed to this vacancy, but, last November, Judge Wrenn was elected to fill the 8th Subcircuit vacancy of the Hon. Sheryl Pethers. Accordingly, I believe this vacancy to be open once again.


Anonymous said...

2020 will see a slew of former judges on the ballot.

Anonymous said...

When were the MacCarthy and Allen vacancies formally announced?

Jack Leyhane said...

Anon 2/16 @ 2:39 p.m. -- The vacancies were not announced, formally or otherwise. Vacancies are not announced, as a general rule. Sometimes the first notice that the public has that a vacancy exists is when an appointment is made to fill it.

Albert said...

The Fillmore family would like a word with you.

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Anonymous said...

Sadly, there will be a vacancy in 3. RIP Allen Murphy.

Anonymous said...

Allen Murphy (RIP) -- 3
Kay Hanlon (retired) -- 12

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see what unqualified candidates will run and win thanks to Crook County politics. Maybe E.P. can shed light on who she is supporting in 14 that fits that criteria.

Anonymous said...

Please remove and retract the post about Judge MacCarthy. He has not retired.

Anonymous said...

You have the wrong MacCarthy

Anonymous said...

Kay Hanlon -- according to all of her Law Bulletin advertisements pushing her private mediation practice at ADR Systems -- has retired.

Anonymous said...

The Reilly’s Daughters Slate met earlier today to pick their countywide targets.
Las Hermanas dela Lucha and the Ujama Sisterhood will be holding similar meetings on May 5th and June 19th, respectively.


Tyrone Jesus O’Sullivan

Anonymous said...

Tyrone Jesus O'Sullivan just read an email from the JAPAC bragging that Nick Ford is rumored to be telling people that he is retiring.