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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Illinois

Campaign Oversight

There are two committees in Illinois that monitor judicial campaign conduct and serve as a resource for candidates. The Task Force on Judicial Elections is a statewide effort of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Judges Association, and the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, and is coordinated by the Cook County Judicial Advisory Council. Formed in 2000, the goal of the task force is to provide coordinated bar association support for judicial elections through educational programs, technical support, and recommendations for improvement to the judicial selection system. The task force offers a pre-election hotline as a resource for candidates with questions about ethical rules, and applicable judicial ethics materials are posted on the web sites of the ISBA and the CBA.

 In 2002, the ISBA formed the Supreme and Appellate Court Election Campaign Tone and Conduct Committee. Candidates are provided with a guide to ethical campaign practices and are asked to sign a pledge regarding campaign advertising.