Illinois 2018 Election Voting Guide

2018 Illinois Elections - Cook County Judicial Race Recommendations

Three associations that represent lawyers throughout Chicago and the state are weighing in on dozens of judicial races throughout Cook County.

This guide compiles recommendations from the three groups: the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. It was compiled by Injustice Watch, which has comprehensive details on each judicial candidate in Cook County in its judicial voting guide. Injustice Watch doesn't make recommendations themselves, but does provide additional reporting on many of the judges. Click on the names to learn more.

Sixteen of the candidates have received at least one negative rating. They are at the top of this list.

For a guide to Chicago-area non-judicial races, visit the Sun-Times Voting Guide.

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Judicial candidates receiving at least one negative from the three groups

Cook Circuit - McGinnis Vacancy

Peter Michael Gonzalez

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Not Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 2nd Subcircuit - Turner Vacancy

Arthur Wesley Willis

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Not Recommended

Cook - 5th Subcircuit - Jones Vacancy

Marian Emily Perkins

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Not Recommended

Cook - 6th Subcircuit - Lopez Cepero Vacancy

Linda Perez

ISBA Rating: Not Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 13th Subcircuit - Lawrence Vacancy

Shannon P. O'Malley (DEM)

ISBA Rating: Not Recommended
CCL Rating: Not Recommended
CBA Rating: Not Recommended

Cook - 13th Subcircuit - Lawrence Vacancy

Daniel Patrick Fitzgerald (REP)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Not Recommended

Cook - 13th Subcircuit - O'Donnell Vacancy

Christine Svenson (REP)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Not Recommended

Cook - 14th Subcircuit - Garcia Vacancy

Beatriz A. Frausto-Sandoval

ISBA Rating: Not Qualified
CCL Rating: Not Qualified
CBA Rating: Not Recommended

Cook - 15th Subcircuit - Zelezinski Vacancy

Karla Marie Fiaoni (REP)

ISBA Rating: Not Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook County Retention

Kathy M. Flanagan

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Not Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

James M. Varga

ISBA Rating: No (Don't Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Maura Slattery Boyle

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Not Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Matthew E. Coghlan

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Not Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Andrea M. Schleifer

ISBA Rating: No (Don't Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Lisa Ann Marino

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Not Recommended

Retention

Lionel Jean-Baptiste

ISBA Rating: No (Don't Retain)
ISBA Rating: Q
CBA Rating: Q

Judicial candidates receiving good ratings from all three groups

Cook Circuit - Brewer Vacancy

Kathryn Maloney Vahey

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook Circuit - Clay Vacancy

Kathaleen Theresa Lanahan

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook Circuit - Dooling Vacancy

Tom Sam Sianis

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook Circuit - Egan Vacancy

Rosa Maria Silva

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook Circuit - Dunford Vacancy

Thomas F. McGuire

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook Circuit - Flanagan Vacancy

Preston Jones Jr.

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook Circuit - Hartigan Vacancy

Cecilia Anne Horan

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook Circuit - Jordan Vacancy

Clare Joyce Quish

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook Circuit - Rooney Vacancy

Jack Hagerty

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 1st Subcircuit - Hambright, Jr. Vacancy

Erika Orr

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 2nd Subcircuit - Lampkin Vacancy

Tiana Ellis Blakely

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 2nd Subcircuit - Laws Vacancy

Adrienne Elaine Davis

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 2nd Subcircuit - Rhodes Vacancy

Toya T. Harvey

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 2nd Subcircuit - Turner, Jr. Vacancy

Ieshia Gray

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 2nd Subcircuit - Willis Vacancy

Debra A. Seaton

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 3rd Subcircuit - Delehanty Vacancy

Kevin Patrick Cunningham

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 4th Subcircuit - Davy Vacancy

David R. Navarro

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 4th Subcircuit - Riley Vacancy

Elizabeth Ciaccia-Lezza

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 5th Subcircuit - Banks Vacancy

H. Yvonne Coleman

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 6th Subcircuit - Washington, II Vacancy

Robert Harris

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 6th Subcircuit - Chevere Vacancy

Kent Delgado

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 6th Subcircuit - Cooke Vacancy

Andrea Michelle Webber

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 8th Subcircuit - Fabri Vacancy

James 'Jamie' Shapiro

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 8th Subcircuit - Liu Vacancy

Lindsay Huge

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 8th Subcircuit - Pethers Vacancy

Jeanne Marie Wrenn

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 10th Subcircuit - O'Neill Burke Vacancy

Stephanie Saltouros

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 10th Subcircuit - Suriano Vacancy

Colleen Reardon Daly

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 11th Subcircuit - Kennedy Vacancy

Joanne F. Rosado

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 12th Subcircuit - Maki Vacancy

Joel Chupack (DEM)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 12th Subcircuit - Maki Vacancy

David Studenroth (REP)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 13th Subcircuit - Crane Vacancy

Ketki "Kay" Steffen (DEM)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 13th Subcircuit - Crane Vacancy

Gary William Seyring (REP)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook - 13th Subcircuit - O'Donnell Vacancy

Samuel J. Betar, III (DEM)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 15th Subcircuit - Scully, Jr. Vacancy

Michael B. Barrett

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Highly Qualified

Cook - 15th Subcircuit - Zelezinski Vacancy

Scott McKenna (DEM)

ISBA Rating: Qualified
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Supreme Court Retention

Anne M. Burke

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Appellate Court Retention

Margaret Stanton McBride

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Moshe Jacobius

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Stuart F. Lubin

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Martin S. Agran

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Ronald F. Bartkowicz

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Catherine Marie Haberkorn

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Marcia Maras

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Peter Flynn

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Paul A. Karkula

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Mary Margaret Brosnahan

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Joyce Marie Murphy Gorman

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Joan Margaret O'Brien

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Thomas David Roti

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Colleen F. Sheehan

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Carl Anthony Walker

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Daniel Patrick Brennan

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Grace G. Dickler

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Highly Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Ellen L. Flannigan

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Carol M. Howard

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Jill C. Marisie

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

James Michael McGing

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Mike McHale

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

James Patrick Murphy

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Thomas W. Murphy

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Ramon Ocasio, III

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Mary Colleen Roberts

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Diane M. Shelley

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Celia Louise Gamrath

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Lorna Ellen Propes

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Tommy Brewer

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Thomas R. Allen

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Erica L. Reddick

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Aicha Marie MacCarthy

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified
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Cook County Retention

Michael R. Clancy

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Regina Ann Scannicchio

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Diann Karen Marsalek

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Pamela M. Leeming

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Larry G. Axelrood

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Well Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Carl B. Boyd

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Daniel R. Degnan

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

John H. Ehrlich

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Terry Gallagher

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

William G. Gamboney

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Elizabeth Mary Hayes

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Martin C. Kelley

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Kimberly D. Lewis

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Edward M. Maloney

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Michael Tully Mullen

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Karen Lynn O'Malley

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Paul S. Pavlus

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Cynthia Ramirez

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified

Cook County Retention

Beatriz Santiago

ISBA Rating: Yes (Retain)
CCL Rating: Qualified
CBA Rating: Qualified