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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Illinois

Voter Guides

Since the 2002 elections, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has prepared an online voters' guide for judicial elections. The site provides judicial candidate profiles, information on the court system and the election process in Illinois, and links to bar associations and other sources of information. A guide for the 2010 elections is not yet available.

The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice also provided an online voters' guide for the 2010 general  elections. The site included links to bar association evaluations of judicial candidates.

The Illinois State Bar Association evaluates appellate court candidates and circuit court candidates in Cook County based on background investigations and in-person interviews. The ISBA also conducts a judicial advisory poll for appellate court candidates and circuit court candidates outside Cook County. Click here for the 2010 evaluation and poll results.

The Chicago Council of Lawyers evaluates judges seeking retention and candidates seeking to fill vacancies in contested elections. Click here for the 2010 evaluations.