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ABOUT ILLINOIS JUDGES.NET: THE ICJL'S OBJECTIVE

The Illinois Civil Justice League initiated its first judicial candidates' website ten election cycles ago - during the 2000 judicial campaign - and has repeated and expanded the site in each election cycle since.  Since that time, this site has become the most comprehensive website for education about the judicial elections and retention in Illinois.

Our purpose is to help Illinois voters learn about judges and candidates for judicial offices. Do the voters want and need that information? We think so.  Since 2000, IllinoisJudges.net has received hundreds of thousands of visits.

The judges we elect in Illinois -- and we elect more judges than members of the executive and legislative branches of government combined -- have longer terms and more power than all the other offices. They can nullify what the other branches have done.

We believe Illinois voters should learn as much as possible about judges and judicial candidates and thus we include as much information about ALL candidates for the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts as is possible, and as much information about candidates for circuit court seats as is reasonably possible.

The ICJL's recommendations are included, but we also include the endorsements of newspapers, the ratings of bar associations and other groups, and relevant news articles about the candidates and judges. We also include links to the websites of all candidates, if they provided us with links, so that voters can form their own opinions.

We have continued this project for the 2002 and 2004 and 2006 and 2008 and 2010 and 2012 and 2014 and 2016 and 20018 election cycles and are now knocking at the door of the 2020 judicial election cycle.

We will be contacting all sitting judges who are eligible for retention and we will be contacting all candidates who file nominating petitions for judicial offices.  We will invite them to participate.  If they fail to respond, we will invite them a second time.  If they refuse to respond, we will clearly note that fact for you to see.

This site will expand as we progress through the election cycle.  It WILL be the most comprehensive source of information about judges and judicial candidates in Illinois in 2020.
 

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