Judicial Retention: Which Judges Should Be Elected Or Retained In Cook County

Justice, Albert V. Bryan District Courthouse, Tim Evanson
Justice outside the Albert V. Bryan District Courthouse in Alexandria, VA. (Photo: Tim Evanson – Flickr – CC license)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- eNews Park Forest is pleased to share information regarding judges running for office and judicial retention. Through the years, we have heard, and agree, that members of the public are least informed on the performance of judges.

To gather our information, we began with VoteForJudges.org. Vote for Judges gathers information from the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening (referred to hereafter as “Alliance”).

The Alliance gathers results from a number of bar associations, published in the 2016 General Election Results from the Alliance of Bar Associations (PDF) for judicial candidates. For judges seeking retention, Vote for Judges refers to  Alliance Judicial Evaluation Results Summary 2016.

Regarding judges seeking retention, the Alliance offers the following:

Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening Summary for Judges Seeking Retention on the November 8, 2016 Ballot  (in ballot order)*

Name of Judge / % of Alliance Bars recommending retention / Alliance Bars Not Recommending Retention or Not Evaluating the Judge

APPELLATE COURT JUDGE

Joy Virginia Cunningham100%

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

Sphia H. Hall100%
Irwin J. Solganick91% / CCBA
Alexander Patrick White100%
Vincent Michael Gaughan100%
Robert W. Bertucci100%
Deborah Mary Dooling100%
Timothy C. Evans100%
Cheryl D. Ingram100%
Raymond L. Jagielski100%
Bertina E. Lampkin100%
William Maki91% / LAGBAC
Sharon Marie Sullivan100%
James Patrick McCarthy100%
Arnette R. Hubbard100%
Nicholas R. Ford91% / CCL
Charles Patrick Burns91% / CCBA
Denise Kathleen Filan100%
John Patrick Kirby100%
Diane Joan Larsen100%
Daniel Joseph Lynch82% / CCL and ISBA
Kathleen Mary Pantle100%
Kevin Michael Sheehan100%
John D. Turner, Jr.100%
LeRoy K. Martin, Jr.100%
Paula Marie Daleo100%
Laurence J. Dunford91% / LAGBAC
Robert Balanoff100%
Jeanne R. Cleveland Bernstein82% / BWLA and CCBA
Kathleen Marie Burke100%
Kay Marie Hanlon100%
Thomas J. Kelley100%
Clare Elizabeth McWilliams100%
Mary Lane Mikva100%
Patrick T. Murphy100%
Timothy Patrick Murphy100%
Jim Ryan100%
Edward “Ed” Washington, II100%
Thaddeus L. Wilson100%
John C. Grifffin100%
Daniel James Pierce100%
Allen F. Murphy100%
William H. Hooks100%
Thomas V. Lyons100%
Raymond W. Mitchell100%
Edward Harmening100%
Daniel Malone91% / LAGBAC
Geary W. Kull100%
John P. Callahan, Jr.100%
Steven James Bernstein100%
Bonita Coleman91% / CCL
Ann Finley Collins100%
Daniel J. Gallagher100%
Sharon O. Johnson91% / HBA
Linzey D. Jones100%
Terry MacCarthy100%
Sandra G. Ramos91% / LAGBAC
Susan Kennedy Sullivan100%

*The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening is comprised of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA), Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL), Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL), Hellenic Bar Association (HBA), Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois (PRBA), and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) working collaboratively to improve the process of screening judicial candidates in Cook County, Illinois.

The Alliance states the following:

The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening is comprised of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA), Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL), Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL), Hellenic Bar Association (HBA), Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois (PRBA), and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) working collaboratively to improve the process of screening judicial candidates in Cook County, Illinois.

Regarding candidates for the judiciary, the Alliance provides the following:

Key:

HQHighly QualifiedHRHighly Recommended
WQWell QualifiedRRecommended
QQualifiedNRNot Recommended
NQNot QualifiedNENot Evaluated Through No Fault of the Candidate

Judicial candidates are rated by the member bars of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening based on detailed information supplied by candidates, a background check by trained lawyers/investigators, and interviews of each candidate.  Ratings reflect the Alliance’s opinion of whether candidates have the necessary qualifications for judicial service and are not a reflection of the candidates’ abilities as lawyers.

Candidates who do not participate in the process are found “Not Recommended.”

The following have a high frequency of “Not Recommended.”

Circuit Court – Cook County (subcircuit contested election)   First Subcircuit
(to fill vacancy of the Hon. Vanessa A. Hopkins)
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Rhonda CrawfordNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
Maryam Ahmad (write in candidate)QRQRRRHQQRHRR
Circuit Court – Cook County (subcircuit contested election)   Second Subcircuit
(to fill vacancy of the Hon. Drella Savage)
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
D. Renee JacksonNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
Circuit Court – Cook County (subcircuit contested election)   Twelfth Subcircuit
(to fill vacancy of the Hon. Joseph Kazmierski)
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Marguerite Anne Quinn                  (D)RRWQRHRRQHQHRRR
Thomas William Flannigan            (R)NRRQRNRRNQNQNRRNR
Circuit Court – Cook County (subcircuit contested election)   Twelfth Subcircuit
(to fill vacancy of the Hon. Veronica B. Mathein)
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Janet Cronin Mahoney             (D)RRQNRNRRNQNQRRR
James Leonard Allegretti             (R)RRQRRRQQRRR
Circuit Court – Cook County (subcircuit contested election)   Thirteenth Subcircuit
(to fill vacancy of the Hon. Thomas P. Fecarotta, Jr.)
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Ketki “Kay” Steffen                 (D)RRQRHRHQQHQHRRR
Kevin Michael O’Donnell           (R)NRNRQNRNRNRQNQNRRNR
Circuit Court – Cook County (subcircuit contested election)   Fourteenth Subcircuit
(to fill vacancy of the Hon. Lisa Ruble Murphy)
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Matthew LinkNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR

Should this judge be retained?

A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Joy V. CunninghamYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Sophia H. HallYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Irwin J. SolganickYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Alexander Patrick WhiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Vincent Michael GaughanYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Robert W. BertucciYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Deborah Mary DoolingYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Timothy C. EvansYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cheyrl D. IngramYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Raymond L. JagielskiYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Bertina E. LampkinYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
William MakiYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Sharon Marie SullivanYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
James Patrick McCarthyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Arnette R. HubbardYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Nicholas R. FordYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Charles Patrick BurnsYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Denise Kathleen FilanYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
John Patrick KirbyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Diane Joan LarsenYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Daniel Joseph LynchYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Kathleen Mary PantleYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Kevin Michael SheehanYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
John D. Turner, Jr.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
LeRoy K. Martin, Jr.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Paula Marie DaleoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Laurence J. DunfordYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Robert BalanoffYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Jeanne R. Cleveland BernsteinYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Kathleen Marie BurkeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Kay Marie HanlonYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Thomas J. KelleyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Clare Elizabeth McWilliamsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mary Lane MikvaYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Patrick T. MurphyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Timothy Patrick MurphyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Jim RyanYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Edward “Ed” Washington IIYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
A A B AB W L AC C LC C B AD S LH B AH L A II S B AL A G B A CP R B AW B A I
Thaddeus L. WilsonYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
John C. GriffinYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Daniel James PierceYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Allen F. MurphyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
William H. HooksYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Thomas V. LyonsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Raymond W. MitchellYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Edward HarmeningYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Daniel MaloneYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Geary W. KullYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
John P. Callahan, Jr.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Steven James BernsteinYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Bonita ColemanYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Ann Finley CollinsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Daniel J. GallagherYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Sharon O. JohnsonYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
Linzey D. JonesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Terry MacCarthyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Sandra G. RamosYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Susan Kennedy SullivanYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening is comprised of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA), Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL), Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL), Hellenic Bar Association (HBA), Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois (PRBA), and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) working collaboratively to improve the process of screening judicial candidates in Cook County, Illinois.