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2016 ILLINOIS JUDGES FOR RETENTION


Appellate
Court Retentions:

First District:

Joy Virginia Cunningham
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court Justice
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Bar Association
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers
     - Endorsed by the  Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bar Association: "Justice Cunningham was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1982 and has served as an Appellate Court Justice since 2006. Justice Cunningham was elected by her peers to serve as the Presiding Justice of the First Division and is highly regarded for her knowledge of the law and well-reasoned opinions."

Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Joy V. Cunningham was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court in 2006. She was elected as an Associate Judge in 1997 and served for three years before leaving the bench. From 2000 to 2006 she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. She served as Associate General Counsel for Loyola University from 1986 to 1996. Her legal career also included private practice and she served as a judicial law clerk to Glen Johnson of the Illinois Appellate Court. She is a past president of the Chicago Bar Association. She was a guest lecturer at Loyola University School of Law in 2008 and 2009. She does a considerable amount of teaching which requires extensive preparation of written materials which she provides to others in the judiciary in the context of seminars, conferences or reference materials. She has won numerous awards from 2005 to 2011. Judge Cunningham was praised as a good practitioner and as a solid, hard-working jurist with good legal ability and temperament. As a trial judge she heard both civil and criminal law matters. As an Appellate Court Judge, she continues to be praised for her work ethic and temperament. She reportedly asks good questions during oral argument and writes well-reasoned opinions. The Council in 2006 found her Well Qualified for the Appellate Court, finds her Well Qualified for the Illinois Supreme Court, and finds her Well Qualified for retention."

Second District:

(No Justices Up For Retention)

Third District:

Vicki R. Wright
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court Justice
     - Rated "Recommended" by the Illinois State Bar Association
     - Rated "Not Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the  Chicago Tribune

Illinois State Bar Association: "Justice Wright has been a judge since 1991. From 1991 to 2006, Justice Wright was an Associate Circuit Court Judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit. In 2006, Justice Wright was elected to the Third District Appellate Court. Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Wright was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Whiteside County for seven years. Justice Wright is considered to have good legal knowledge and is always prepared for oral argument when litigants appear before her."

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Wright 62.77 88.24 68.09 63.83 81.08 87.91 93.33 85.87

Fourth District:

James A. Knecht
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court Justice
     - Rated "Recommended" by the Illinois State Bar Association
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the  Chicago Tribune

Illinois State Bar Association: "Justice Knecht has been on the 4th District Appellate Court since 1986. Justice Knecht is wellversed in the law and is regarded as having excellent legal ability and temperament. He is a conscientious and hard-working justice who is well-regarded by both plaintiffs and defendants who practice before him. Justice Knecht is also very active in the community and volunteers with several organizations."

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Knecht 92.66 94.59 90.99 94.89 93.09 96.34 95.92 93.96

Fifth District:

(No Justices Up For Retention)

Circuit Court Retentions:

First Circuit Court:

William G. Schwartz
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Not Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

W. Charles Grace
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Grace 54.46 74.51 63.73 75.49 60.00 67.65 56.44 80.20
Schwartz 80.81 84.00 74.00 98.00 67.33 89.00 90.91 86.73

Second Circuit Court:

Robert M. Hopkins
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Larry R. Dunn
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Paul W. Lamar
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Dunn 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 98.41 95.24 100.00 100.00
Hopkins 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 98.18 100.00 100.00 98.15
Lamar 100.00 100.00 100.00 98.31 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00

Third Circuit Court:

A. Andreas "Andy" Matoesian
     - Present Duties: Third Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

William A. Mudge
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Third Circuit
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll Judge

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Matoesian 67.05 89.08 73.56 81.14 77.14 73.84 63.43 83.91
Mudge 94.29 94.32 92.61 97.74 96.61 98.86 98.30 96.00

Fourth Circuit Court:

Wm. Robin Todd
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Douglas L. Jarman
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Fourth Circuit
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll Judge

Mike McHaney
     - Present Duties: Fourth Circuit
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll Judge

Mark W. Stedelin
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Jarman 97.44 100.00 97.40 97.40 98.70 97.37 100.00 98.68
McHaney 77.27 85.39 77.53 91.01 71.11 91.01 94.25 87.36
Stedelin 93.44 95.00 95.00 93.33 96.67 98.28 96.55 94.92
Todd 93.06 94.37 90.14 97.18 90.14 95.71 94.29 94.29

Fifth Circuit Court:

James R. Glenn
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Fifth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Teresa K. Righter
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Matt Sullivan
     - Present Duties: Fifth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Glenn 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00
Righter 98.04 100.00 98.04 96.08 98.04 100.00 100.00 96.08
Sullivan 92.31 94.34 90.74 94.44 90.74 96.23 96.30 94.44

Sixth Circuit Court:

Heidi Ladd
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Ladd 96.36 98.20 95.50 98.20 98.20 98.20 100.00 97.30

Seventh Circuit Court:

Peter C. Cavanagh
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Cavanagh 91.46 96.39 90.30 89.70 93.94 95.15 99.39 96.34

Eighth Circuit Court:

Mark A. Drummond
     - Present Duties: Eighth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Alan D. Tucker
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Robert Adrian
     - Present Duties: Eighth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Adrian 92.45 92.45 84.91 84.91 92.45 90.57 98.11 92.31
Drummond 96.55 98.25 93.10 98.28 91.38 91.38 100.00 96.49
Tucker 100.00 100.00 97.30 97.30 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00

Ninth Circuit Court:

William E. Poncin
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Poncin 87.10 96.72 93.44 88.52 93.44 93.33 95.00 93.33

Tenth Circuit Court:

Michael D. Risinger
     - Present Duties: Tenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Not Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - "Vote NO" Rating by Peoria Journal Star

John P. Vespa
     - Present Duties: Tenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Not Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - "Vote NO" Rating by Peoria Journal Star

Peoria Journal Star: "That said, our calls around the circuit largely confirm these low marks, with many sharing courtroom anecdotes notable for their consistency. The concerns regarding Vespa revolve around a lack of grasp of the law, Risinger's around ill-considered remarks to or about citizens who've come before him. One such about black defendants got significant attention and resulted in a chief judge reassigning him to another courtroom in 2013. Vespa declined to comment for this endorsement, as Risinger did for an earlier news story. While most we spoke with had criticisms, we also heard defenses, here and there. It's unfortunate that the voting public usually knows so little about judicial candidates because, aware of it or not, judges have a significant impact even on those who may never show up in their courtrooms. They help establish a climate in a community regarding perceptions of safety and equality under the law. The election of circuit judges is especially important because they appoint the associates. We also hear that the 10th is one hot mess right now, with reliable reports of division, dissension, distrust and behind-the-scenes deal-making among at least some judges. It wasn't always so. Two of those judges have now received a failing grade from those who arguably know their work best, there is a need to raise the bar in the 10th, and we recommend a "no" vote on these two retentions."

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Risinger 43.98 61.73 50.00 43.83 56.17 78.13 88.61 47.24
Vespa 38.26 65.77 53.02 31.29 54.05 73.29 87.67 64.63

Eleventh Circuit Court:

Scott Drazewski
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Eleventh Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Not Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Drazewski 40.15 26.72 49.24 86.36 59.40 81.06 83.33 66.41

Twelfth Circuit Court:

Carmen Goodman
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (4th Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

John C. Anderson
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (3rd Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Barbara "Bobbi" N. Petrungaro
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (5th Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Michael J. Powers
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Raymond (Ray) E. Rossi
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (5th Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Anderson 85.26 91.61 88.39 89.68 86.45 91.67 96.73 90.26
Goodman 72.95 86.07 80.17 68.29 85.95 83.61 95.08 84.30
Petrungaro 97.28 97.83 96.74 95.65 99.45 98.90 99.45 97.25
Powers 93.83 95.06 92.02 95.68 93.21 94.48 96.89 93.75
Rossi 95.28 98.41 96.06 93.70 96.83 96.85 99.21 96.80

Thirteenth Circuit Court:

Howard Chris Ryan, Jr.
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Thirteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Marc P. Bernabei
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Lance R. Peterson
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Bernabei 95.40 98.85 97.70 97.70 95.40 96.51 100.00 97.67
Peterson 93.98 98.81 95.24 94.05 94.05 89.29 100.00 96.43
Ryan 84.71 87.06 83.53 94.19 74.12 95.29 96.51 83.72

Fourteenth Circuit Court:

Lori R. Lefstein
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

James G. Conway, Jr.
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Clarence "Mike" Darrow
     - Present Duties: Fourteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Frank Fuhr
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Fourteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Conway, Jr. 67.07 92.86 78.57 72.29 61.45 77.11 77.11 78.05
Darrow 95.35 98.84 95.35 95.40 95.40 96.55 97.70 96.55
Fuhr 95.65 97.83 95.65 92.47 96.77 95.65 96.74 96.74
Lefstein 90.91 98.86 90.91 93.26 96.63 84.27 94.38 92.05

Fifteenth Circuit Court:

(No Judges Up For Retention)

Sixteenth Circuit Court:

Robert P. Spence
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Susan Clancy Boles
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (4th Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

David R. Akemann
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Sixteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Kevin T. Busch
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Sixteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Akemann 92.96 97.50 93.97 96.52 95.00 94.42 94.33 96.39
Boles 99.31 100.00 98.64 98.64 99.31 100.00 100.00 97.28
Busch 79.80 92.96 80.51 89.90 70.56 92.42 97.96 87.18
Spence 92.66 96.63 88.64 96.65 96.02 98.31 98.29 93.75

Seventeenth Circuit Court:

Kathryn E. Zenoff
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Janet R. Holmgren
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Rob Tobin
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Holmgren 93.26 94.25 91.38 94.89 95.98 94.83 97.66 97.16
Tobin 94.92 96.58 93.16 93.97 95.73 95.69 98.26 95.73
Zenoff 93.84 97.22 95.80 95.14 97.20 96.48 98.56 97.22

Eighteenth Circuit Court:

Bonnie M. Wheaton
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Eighteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Kenneth L. Popejoy
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Eighteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Daniel P. Guerin
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Eighteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Dorothy French Mallen
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Eighteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Ronald D. Sutter
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Eighteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Guerin 88.76 91.72 85.80 91.57 92.31 95.24 96.97 88.02
Mallen 94.17 96.65 93.92 95.06 94.24 97.84 99.69 96.92
Popejoy 91.26 90.33 93.57 95.58 91.33 97.16 97.12 97.14
Sutter 96.75 96.84 97.44 97.42 97.45 98.71 99.02 97.07
Wheaton 95.94 97.43 94.80 96.44 96.25 97.39 99.27 98.80

Nineteenth Circuit Court:

Margaret J. Mullen
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Victoria A. Rossetti
     - Present Duties: Nineteenth Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Jorge L. Ortiz
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (6th Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Diane E. Winter
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (5th Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Mark L. Levitt
     - Present Duties: Resident Subcircuit Judge (4th Subcircuit)
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll
     - Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Levitt 98.82 98.82 97.65 98.82 97.65 98.82 100.00 96.47
Mullen 86.47 94.15 87.21 94.77 75.88 95.32 96.95 93.98
Ortiz 81.99 90.00 82.72 83.33 80.75 88.82 94.23 91.82
Rossetti 88.50 92.11 88.60 92.98 92.04 94.69 99.10 94.69
Winter 91.07 95.24 92.31 86.39 93.41 94.58 98.15 97.50

Twentieth Circuit Court:

Richard A. Brown
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Resident Judge - Randolph County
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Brown 93.08 97.67 96.12 89.92 96.15 90.70 97.69 97.66

Twenty-First Circuit Court:

Kathy Bradshaw Elliott
     - Present Duties: Twenty-First Circuit Judge

Twenty-Second Circuit Court:

(No Judges Up For Retention)

Twenty-Third Circuit Court:

Robbin J. Stuckert
     - Present Duties: Twenty-Third Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Timothy J. McCann
     - Present Duties: Twenty-Third Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Thomas L. Doherty
     - Present Duties: Twenty-Third Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Robert P. (Bob) Pilmer
     - Present Duties: Twenty-Third Circuit Judge
     - Rated "Recommended" by the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll

Candidate Meets Requirements Integrity Impartiality Legal Ability Temperament Court Management Health Sensitivity
                 
Doherty 80.39 94.23 86.54 72.55 94.23 88.24 92.16 92.16
McCann 97.73 97.73 97.73 97.73 95.45 97.73 100.00 97.73
Pilmer 97.96 97.96 100.00 97.87 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00
Stuckert 90.20 90.00 84.31 94.12 92.16 86.00 100.00 96.08

 

Cook County Circuit Court:
(Note: All Cook County Judges were rated by the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association as "Qualified" unless otherwise indicated.  Additionally, all Cook County Judges have been endorsed by the Chicago Tribune for retention.)

Sophia Hall
     - Present Duties: Chancery Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Hall was elected to the bench in 1980. She is assigned to the Chancery Division, as well as remaining the Administrative Presiding Judge of the Resource Section of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department. Judge Hall has taught and lectured at a large number of schools and conferences in the past six years, including Loyal University Chicago School of Law, DePaul School of Law, and the Illinois Administrative Law Conference. Judge Hall is considered to have good legal ability with good courtroom management skills. She has spent her career being a respected jurist on the bench, while working for a fairer and more effective judicial system for all persons."

Irwin J. Solganick
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Irwin J. Solganick was elected to the bench in 1986. He is currently assigned to the Law Division. He has also served in the First Municipal District and the Domestic Relations Division. Judge Solganick was admitted to practice in 1972. Prior to election, he was a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and was also in private practice. Judge Solganick often fills in for the Acting Presiding Judge when he is away. Judge Solganick authored the Law Division Jury Bench Book chapters on Limiting Instruction, and Liens in 2015. Judge Solganick is praised as a conscientious jurist who possesses good legal ability and is especially hard working. He is reported to have good courtroom management skills. He has a low key temperament and moves his call fairly and efficiently."

Alexander Patrick White
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Supervising Judge - Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge White was elected to the bench in 1986. He is currently the Supervising Judge in the Tax & Miscellaneous Remedy Section of the Law Division, where he has served since his election. Judge White was admitted to practice in 1964. Prior to election, he was with the Federal Defender’s office, counsel to the US Department of Labor and special assistant attorney general to the Illinois State Board of Investments. Judge White is considered to be very knowledgeable regarding the variety of areas of law he handles as a judge. He is praised for his temperament, for being well prepared, and for his courtroom management skills."

Vincent Michael Gaughan
     - Present Duties: Criminal Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Vincent Gaughan was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1991 and was elected in 1994. He presently serves in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Gaughan was a supervising Assistant Cook County Public Defender. Judge Gaughn is widely praised for his legal ability and for being adept at handling some of the most complex cases in the criminal division. He is reported to have very good courtroom management skills. Many respondents say that he can be short tempered on the bench, but even those who complain about his temperament report that he is a very good trial judge"

Robert W. Bertucci
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: County Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Bertucci was elected to the bench in 1992. In 1983, Judge Bertucci began work as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. He was also in private practice. He was assigned to the County Division in 2001 where he has remained. Judge Bertucci is reported to be exceptionally knowledgeable about the issues coming before him, and he is praised for his courtroom management. In his mental health commitment call, he is considered to be fair, sensitive, prepared, and decisive. He is reported to be well-prepared and hard-working."

Deborah Mary Dooling
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Dooling was elected to the bench in 1992. She is currently assigned to the Law Division. Previously, she served in the Criminal Division and the Chancery Division. Prior to her assignment on the bench, Judge Dooling worked as a staff attorney for the Florsheim Shoe Company from 1978 to 1980. She became an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney from 1980 through 1992.Judge Dooling is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School for Trial Advocacy I and II. Judge Dooling is considered to be a very good judge with good ability and temperament. She has done well in both civil and criminal assignments. She is praised for her ability to do well in a variety of assignments, and she is considered to have good courtroom management skills."

Timothy C. Evans
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Chief Judge of Cook County
     - Rated "Highly Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Evans was elected to the bench in 1992. He is the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and has served as the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division. He was first elected to the position of Chief Judge in 2001. Before taking the bench, he was a sole practitioner. Judge Evans was also an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago and had served as a floor leader for Mayor Harold Washington and as an Alderman for the 4th Ward. As Chief Judge, he does not hear cases, but sees to the administration of the courts. Chief Judge Evans created a domestic violence division for the Cook County Circuit Court, re-instituted a pre-trial services program and changed procedure so that bond hearings are conducted in person, rather than via teleconferencing. He is responsive to public concerns about the judiciary and works to institute diversion and deferral treatment programs in the criminal courts to reduce cost and waste and better serve the interests of the community. In 2009, he received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented by the National Center for State Courts. The award recognizes a state judge who “exemplifies the highest level of judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics.” He pushed for the establishment of the Domestic Violence Courthouse that opened in 2005. He is also credited for pushing forward the Court’s mortgage foreclosure program. He has been praised for increasing the diversity of the Presiding Judges among the numerous divisions of the Circuit Court. In 2013, he issued a general administrative order outlawing the practice of some preliminary hearing judges of denying a Public Defender to defendants without conducting an indigence hearing. He is currently promoting the development of a community court in the North Lawndale area of Chicago. Chief Judge Evans has his critics. Some respondents say he is too often slow to respond to the need for major systemic changes. But he has his strong supporters, as well, and the Council notes his many accomplishments. We know that the Circuit Court needs consistent, enlightened leadership, and the Court must collaborate with all of the major stakeholder governmental agencies to bring about necessary systemic reform. We encourage Chief Judge Evans to meet this challenge."

Cheryl D. Ingram
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Presiding Judge of Municipal District 4
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Ingam was elected to the bench in 1992. Prior to her assignment to the bench, Judge Ingram served in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. In 1994 she was assigned to the Fourth Municipal District and became the Presiding Judge in 2010. Judge Ingram is praised both as a jurist and in her administrative role as a Presiding Judge. She is considered to have good legal ability and a very good temperament, being respectful of all parties before her. She is reported to be well-prepared. Commenting on her ability as Presiding Judge, Respondents find that the courthouse in the 4th District 'runs smoothly.'"

Raymond L. Jagielski
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Presiding Judge of Municipal District 5
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Jagielski was elected to the bench in 1992. He is currently the Presiding Judge of the Fifth Municipal District. Before becoming a judge he served as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender and was in private practice. Judge Jagielski is considered to have good legal ability with good courtroom management skills. He is praised for his ability to handle a heavy call, and for being hard-working. He is also noted for his fairness. Practitioners in the Fifth Municipal District praise his management skills as the Presiding Judge."

Bertina E. Lampkin
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Hon. Bertina Lampkin was admitted to practice in 1974 and was elected to the Circuit Court in 1992. As a lawyer, she had extensive litigation experience in both complex trial and appellate court matters as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. She also has experience trying civil cases as an attorney with the Chicago Department of Law. Justice Lampkin was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court in 2009. As a trial judge, she heard criminal law matters at the Courthouse at 26th and California, and at that time was reported to be a very good, hardworking jurist who was praised for her writing skills. When the Council found her qualified for the Appellate Court in 2009, her written evaluation materials included approximately 100 opinions from cases she heard at 26th street, including findings on post-conviction petitions and motions to quash and suppress. She has served as the chair of the Supreme Court criminal pattern jury instructions committee. In that position, she was responsible for writing the new death penalty instructions and the instructions for specific specialized jury verdict required by the Apprendi case. She has taught in the area of death penalty litigation. As an Appellate Court judge, Justice Lampkin has demonstrated that she meets – and exceeds the higher standards that the Council uses in evaluating candidates for the Appellate Court. In the 2013 judicial evaluation, lawyers report that Justice Lampkin has exceptional command of substantive law, as well as procedural rules. She is praised for being hardworking and her written opinions are considered to be wellreasoned. She is an active participant in oral arguments and is reported to have good temperament."

Willam Maki
     - Present Duties: Presiding Judge of Municipal District 3
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Maki was elected to the bench in 1992 and is currently the Presiding Judge of the Third Municipal District. He also presides over the expungement call. He was previously assigned to the Chancery Division. Prior to election he was in private practice. Judge Maki is considered to have good legal ability and temperament. He is praised for showing respect to all parties and is reported to have good courtroom management skills. As a presiding judge, practitioners report that the courthouse is well run."

Sharon Marie Sullivan
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Presiding Judge of County Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Sullivan was elected to the bench in 1992. Since June 2015 she has been the Acting Presiding Judge of the County Division. Her responsibilities include the administration of the Division and supervising the judges. She is working with the Clerk’s office and attorneys on e-filing for the County Division and on updating the adoption and civil asset forfeiture forms available online. She meets regularly with stakeholders in her Division to get feedback on how the Division is operated. From 2000 t0 2015, she was assigned to the Criminal Division in the Second Municipal District. Prior to her election Judge Sullivan was an assistant State’s Attorney and had previously been in private practice as well as with Corporation Counsel in the Chicago Department of Law. Judge Sullivan is praised for her transition to her new assignment as Presiding Judge of the County Division. Practitioners report that she has demonstrated her grasp of new statutes and procedures. She has good courtroom management skills. She is reported to be fair to all parties and to have a professional demeanor. She is respected in her role as Presiding Judge."

James Patrick McCarthy
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge James McCarthy was appointed to the bench in 1996 and elected in 1998. He is currently assigned to the Law Division and previously served in the First Municipal District Traffic Center. Judge McCarthy was admitted to practice in 1978. Prior to appointment, he was in private practice, as well as assistant Judge McCarthy is considered to have good legal ability. He is praised for his preparation and decisiveness. He is well prepared and his rulings are reported to be well reasoned. Judge McCarthy is considered to be professional in his demeanor and fair to all parties."

Arnette R. Hubbard
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Arnette Hubbard was appointed to the bench in 1997 and elected in 1998. She is currently assigned to the Law Division. Prior to becoming a judge, she was in private practice. Judge Hubbard is considered to be a smart and knowledgeable judge who is decisive. She is praised for her even keel temperament, and for showing respect for all parties before her while maintaining control of her courtroom."

Nicholas R. Ford
     - Present Duties: Criminal and Elder Law Divisions
     - Rated "Not Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Ford was appointed to the bench in December 1997, and was elected in 1998. Since 2002, he has been assigned to the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court. Judge Ford was admitted to practice in 1988. He was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney throughout his career as an attorney.
Judge Ford is considered to have good legal ability and he is regarded as hardworking. In 2010 his demeanor drew some criticism for impatience and inappropriate remarks, but respondents in the current evaluation praise his temperament as being both patient and in control of the courtroom. But two decisions handed down by the Illinois Appellate Court since 2010 raise serious concerns about Judge Ford’s ability to decide cases in an impartial manner. In People v. Jackson, the Appellate Court reversed and remanded a first degree murder conviction rendered by Judge Ford at a bench trial, holding he “abandoned [his] role as a neutral and impartial arbiter of fact by adopting a prosecutorial role when questioning [the] defendant’s expert witness and by relying on matters based on prior private knowledge” that were outside the record, thereby undermining the defendant’s right to a fair trial. And in People v. Pace, another first degree murder case, the Appellate Court vacated an aggregate 100 year sentence imposed by Judge Ford upon a 16-year-old defendant, finding that Ford considered and “placed significant emphasis” on impermissible factors during sentencing, including the defendant’s choice to remain silent during the sentencing hearing, Judge Ford’s personal views, and evidence not located in the record. “It is noteworthy,” continued the Appellate Court, “that the portion of the record in which [Judge Ford] announced [his] sentence goes on for 16 pages. At least four of those pages were devoted solely to [Judge Ford] discussing [his] personal feelings about gang violence; other large portions see the judge discussing the victims and stating that he was aligned with them.” In both Jackson and Pace, the Appellate Court remanded the matters to the Circuit Court with instructions to reassign the cases to a different judge. Judicial impartiality is a foundational component of our legal system. Deviation from this principle not only deprives litigants of due process, but also undermines public confidence in the courts."

Charles Patrick Burns
     - Present Duties: Criminal Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Burns was elected to the bench in 1998. He was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney before taking the bench. As of May 2007, Judge Burns has presided over a felony trial call as well as the R.A.P. Drug Court since July 2010. Judge Burns has taught Graduate and Undergraduate classes at Lewis University on Justice, Law, and Public Safety studies, and has authored a number of published works, including as a Topic Writer with the Illinois Judicial Benchbook, as well as articles in the Illinois Bar Journal, the Duke University Journal of Law and Technology, and the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. Judge Burns is praised widely for his excellent grasp and application of the law. He is reported to handle both his regular felony call and the R.A.P. call with efficiency and he is praised for his devotion to the lives and rehabilitation of the defendants who come before him. The success of the RAP program is said by many to be the result of Judge Burns’ initiative and dedication. He has numerous published works dealing with his judicial role and he is praised for his work ethic as well as his courtroom management."

Denise Kathleen Filan
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 5
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Filan was elected to the bench in 1998. Before becoming a judge, she practiced with Odelson & Sterk Ltd. Judge Filan currently serves in a Traffic courtroom hearing a number of municipal traffic violations. She is currently assigned to the Bridgeview Courthouse. Judge Filan is considered to be a good jurist with good legal ability and temperament. She is praised for treating all litigants with respect and for her courtroom management skills."

John Patrick Kirby
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Kirby was elected to the bench in 1998. He was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney before becoming a judge. He has served in the Criminal Division and is now sitting in the Law Division. Judge Kirby is a lecturer at DePaul University in Trial Advocacy I as well as a substitute lecturer in other courses. He also lectures high school and college classes that observe court procedures in the Daley Center. Judge Kirby is considered to be knowledgeable in a variety of areas of law with considerable judicial experience in both civil and criminal law matters. He is reported to have very good temperament and enjoys a reputation of being fair to all sides. He is praised for being well-prepared. In the criminal division, he received praise for his dedication to using alternative sentencing in cases where the defendants are nonviolent. He was personally involved in developing a cyber high school as an alternative sentence for youthful offenders. Upon the awarding of a high school diploma, Judge Kirby entered a motion to vacate the judgment. He implemented a special program for defendants who are veterans, and he has personally sought to find alternative treatment programs to become part of his sentencing. He earns high respect as a jurist in both civil and criminal divisions."

Diane Joan Larsen
     - "Not Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Chancery Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Larsen was elected to the Circuit Court in 1998 and presently serves in the Chancery Division. She was admitted to practice in 1983. Prior to her election, Judge Larsen was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. Judge Larsen is the author and editor of the Civil Motion Practice Manual, published by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. She has taught at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since 1991 as Adjunct Professor. Judge Larsen is widely praised for having good legal ability and for being well prepared. She is considered to have a low key temperament but maintains control of her court call."

Daniel Joseph Lynch
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Not Qualified" by the Illinois State Bar Association
     - Rated "Not Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Lynch was elected to the bench in 1998. He is presently assigned to the Law Division. He is a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. Judge Lynch is widely respected for his knowledge of the law and procedure. He is considered to be well prepared and is reported to be adept at handling long, complex trials. Some respondents complained that he can, on occasion, be short tempered on the bench. Most say that he has a good temperament. The Council is concerned, however, that Judge Lynch on several occasions has reached beyond his immediate role as judge in a particular matter to engage in legal acts that seem to be outside his normal course of deciding a case before him. These matters include seeking or having sought to have the attorneys prosecuted for fraud or obstruction. In another matter, the judge unsuccessfully sought to have the Cook County State’s Attorney prosecute one of the parties before him. These unorthodox uses of judicial discretion, including criminal contempt charges, are troubling to the Council."

Kathleen Mary Pantle
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Chancery Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Pantle was elected to the bench in 1998. She is a former Cook County Public Defender. She has been assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division and the Felony Trial Division. In January 2007, she was reassigned to the Chancery Division, where she has remained since, presiding over equitable matters, contract actions, class actions, administrative review actions, property disputes, partnership disputes, and general commercial litigation. Judge Pantle coached the DePaul University College of Law Trial Team through spring 2012, and is the author of an article entitled “Defending Illinois Criminal Cases” in Arrest, Search, and Seizure. Judge Pantle is widely praised as a capable judge with very good legal ability. She is praised for well reasoned opinions issued in a timely fashion, for being well prepared, and for being knowledgeable. She is reported to be fair to all parties and has a professional demeanor."

Kevin Michael Sheehan
     - Present Duties: Criminal Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Sheehan was elected to the bench in 1998. He currently is assigned to the Criminal Division hearing bench and jury trials. Before becoming a judge, he served as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. He has taught as a Trial Advocacy Instructor at DePaul University Law School since 2010. Judge Sheehan is considered to be a knowledgeable judge with good legal ability. He is praised for his courtroom management and for his temperament. He is reported to be fair to all parties."

John D. Turner, Jr.
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 6
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge John Turner was elected to the Circuit Court in 1998. He is currently assigned to the Sixth Municipal District and was previously in the First Municipal District. Judge Turner was admitted to practice in 1984. Prior to election, he was an attorney for the Chicago Transit Authority, for the Chicago Park District and both with the Office of the Public Guardian and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. In 2010 the Council noted that Judge Turner had a serious temperament issue. In 2016, Judge Turner is now hearing a larger variety of cases. Practitioners say he has a good temperament, and is respectful to all parties before him. They also say that his determinations are well reasoned and thoughtful. He is also praised for having a good grasp of the law and that he has good courtroom management skills."

Leroy K. Martin, Jr.
     - Present Duties: Criminal Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Martin was elected to the bench in 2002. He is currently the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division and had served in the Chancery Division. He was in private practice before becoming a judge. Judge Martin taught trial practice at Loyola University School of Law in 2012 and again in 2014. He also lectures on the role of African American soldiers in both the Civil War and World War One and he speaks to young people about the importance of education and ways to succeed Judge Martin is considered to have good legal ability, and he is praised for how he is grown into a very difficult job of being the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. He is deliberative but decisive. He has a low key temperament and he is praised as both a good judge and an effective administrator. Judge Martin is also praised for always being professional in his demeanor and fair to litigants and court personnel."

Paula Marie Daleo
     - Present Duties: Municipal District
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Daleo was elected to the Circuit Court in 2004 and presently serves in the Fourth Municipal District of the Circuit Court. Previously, she served in the First Municipal District. She was admitted to practice in 1978. Prior to her election to the bench, Judge Daleo was an Executive Assistant State’s Attorney and formerly Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, as well as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. She also has experience as a general practitioner. Judge Daleo came to the bench after having extensive trial experience in complex matters. As a judge, she is widely praised for her legal knowledge and often supports her rulings with explanations. She is reported to be fair to all parties before her and that she applies the law correctly and evenly. She is reported to be especially hardworking and conscientious. She is reported to have an excellent temperament and is praised for her courtroom management skills." 4

Laurence J. Dunford
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 6
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Dunford was elected to the bench in 2004. He was in private practice before taking the bench. He is assigned to the Sixth Municipal District and the Domestic Violence Division in the Sixth Municipal District in a dual capacity. Judge Dunford is considered to have a good knowledge of the law and he is praised for his courtroom management. In 2010, the Council questioned Judge Dunford’s temperament, but he has since changed judicial assignments. Respondents in the current evaluation spoke favorably about his temperament and demeanor."

Robert Balanoff
     - Present Duties: Child Protection Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Robert Balanoff was elected to the Circuit Court in 2004. He presently serves in the Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court, where he adjudicates claims of abuse and neglect of minor children. Prior to his election, Judge Balanoff in private practice. Judge Balanoff is praised for his knowledge and his ability to handle complex matters. He is reported to have a good temperament. He treats the parties before him with respect and compassion. Respondents further characterized Judge Balanoff as both very efficient and quite diligent."

Jeanne R. Cleveland Bernstein
     - Present Duties: Domestic Relations Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "From 1971 until 1976, Judge Bernstein served as a General Attorney for the Office of Regional Counsel, before going on to work as an independent general practitioner. She was elected to the bench in 2004. She currently is assigned to the Domestic Relations Division. Judge Cleveland Bernstein is reported to be knowledgeable and diligent as a judge in the Domestic Relations Division. She is praised for being well-prepared and for the accuracy and decisiveness of her rulings. There were respondents who complained that she can be intemperate on the bench. Some of these respondents noted that these incidents are sometimes part of a case where the lawyer has, in her opinion, needlessly delayed a case or filed a frivolous motion. Other respondents complained that she can be unduly quick to make up her mind about a particular issue."

Kathleen Marie Burke
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 5
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Burke began legal work at Johnson & Bell in 1989 and moved to work with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1993. She was elected to the bench in 2004. She currently is assigned to the Fifth Municipal District, Judge Burke has served as a part-time Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since 2000. Judge Burke is considered to be knowledgeable about the issues before her and she is praised as being fair and respectful to the parties before her. She is reported to be well prepared and to have an excellent demeanor. Some lawyers complain about the relatively slow pace of her call, but lawyers generally think she is doing a good job."

Kay Marie Hanlon
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Kay Marie Hanlon was elected to the Circuit Court in 2004. She is currently assigned to a felony trial courtroom in the Third Municipal District. Judge Hanlon was admitted to practice in 1985. Prior to election, she was in private practice focusing on criminal defense and family law. From 1985 to 1987, she served as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney where she did both trial and appellate work. She teaches on-line classes. Judge Hanlon is praised for her legal knowledge and ability. She is reported to be exceptionally hard-working with a good temperament. She is also praised for her courtroom management skills and for the quality of her written opinions."

Thomas J. Kelley
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Domestic Relations Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Kelley was elected to the bench in 2004. Prior to becoming a judge, he served at Kelley & Greco first as an Associate and then a Partner between 1984 and 2004. He currently sits in the Domestic Relations Division. Judge Kelley is considered to be a good jurist with good legal ability and temperament. His decisions are considered to be well reasoned."

Clare Elizabeth McWilliams
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Clare McWilliams was elected to the bench in 2004. She is currently assigned to the Law Division. Previously, she was assigned to the First and Second Municipal Districts. Judge McWilliams was admitted to practice in 1988. She was in private practice prior to becoming a judge. She has taught as an adjunct professor for the John Marshall Law School on two occasions since January of 2010, once for Legal Counseling & Client Interviewing, and again for Advanced Trial Advocacy. Judge McWilliams is widely praised for her legal ability and courtroom management skills. She is reported to produce well reasoned opinions in a timely fashion. She is described as having a professional demeanor and is adept at treating pro se litigants with respect."

Mary Lane Mikva
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court
     - Rated "Highly Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Mary Mikva was elected to the Cook County Circuit Court in 2004. She was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court in June 2016. She had been assigned to the Chancery Division and to the Child Protection Division. Judge Mikva was admitted to practice in 1980 and prior to her election, she was law clerk to Judge Prentice H. Marshall and later to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Judge Mikva also served as an appellate attorney for the City of Chicago Law Department, as well as in private practice. As a trial judge, Judge Mikva is widely praised for her legal ability and courtroom management skills. She has mentored new judges and is considered to be exceptionally knowledgeable. She is described as having good interaction with all parties in the courtroom, and she is reported to be scrupulously fair to all lawyers and litigants. She enjoys an excellent reputation for her diligence, punctuality, and for always being well prepared."

Patrick T. Murphy
     - Present Duties: Domestic Relations Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "From 1978 until December of 2004, Judge Murphy worked as Cook County Public Guardian, supervising a large staff and representing children as well as acting as guardian to disabled adults. He was elected to the bench in 2004. For the first three months on the bench, Judge Murphy worked in traffic court, and was moved in March of 2005 to the Domestic Relations Division, hearing an independent call, as well as being assigned to the Unified Family Court Project. Judge Murphy is considered to have good legal ability. He is knowledgeable and is praised for his courtroom management. He is considered to be exceptionally hard working. The Council has noted temperament issues in its 2010 evaluation, but the current evaluation reported general praise for his temperament."

Timothy Patrick Murphy
     - Present Duties: Domestic Relations Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Timothy Murphy was elected to the Circuit Court in 2004. He is currently assigned to the Domestic Relations Division and was previously in the First Municipal District. Judge Murphy was admitted to practice in 1984. Prior to election, he was in private practice. Judge Murphy is considered to have good legal ability. He is reported to be a very capable judge, with good temperament. He is praised for his professionalism in the courtroom and for his knowledge of the law. His rulings are described as thorough and well reasoned."

Jim Ryan
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 1
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Ryan was admitted to practice in 1992 and was elected to the bench in 2004. He is currently hearing jury trials in the First Municipal District. Before taking the bench, Judge Ryan was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney from 1993 to 1995 and was the Director of Operations and General Counsel for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office from 1995 to 2004. He has been assigned to the Fifth Municipal District and from September of 2008 until February of 2013, Judge Ryan served in the First Municipal District, presiding over felony preliminary healings, as well as criminal misdemeanor/ordinance bench and jury trials. Judge Ryan has written two legal texts; the First Municipal Jury Bench Book of 2015, and “First Municipal Juries in a Nutshell” which has been submitted for publication. Judge Ryan is considered to have good legal ability. He is reported to be a conscientious judge who is well prepared and diligent. Practitioners say that he has a professional demeanor, and treats everyone fairly. In 2010, the Council noted that he had a serious temperament issue. Our 2016 evaluation shows a very different judicial behavior."

Edward "Ed" Washington, II
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Washington was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2002 and was elected to the bench in 2004. He is currently hearing jury trials in the Law Division. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a partner with two law firms doing complex regulatory litigation and government relations work. He has also served as a division chief with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and as an administrative law judge with the Illinois Commerce Commission. He has also served as a senior attorney with MCI Telecommunications. He is currently hearing jury trials in the Law Division. Judge Washington has taught as Visiting Faculty at Harvard Law School since January of 2014. Judge Washington is respected as a well prepared jurist who is fair to all parties. He is considered to have very good legal ability. He is praised for his temperament and his diligence. He brought to the trial bench a variety of experiences in complex litigation matters and is considered to have excellent court management skills."

Thaddeus L. Wilson
     - Present Duties: Criminal Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Prior to being appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2007, Judge Wilson worked in small firms. He was elected to the bench in 2010. He had substantial trial experience in both civil and criminal law matters and practiced in both the state and federal courts. He has been assigned to the Criminal Division since 2009, and currently presides over a felony courtroom. Judge Wilson is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School teaching Criminal Procedure- Adjudication and Voting Rights and Election Law. Judge Wilson is considered to have good legal ability. He is praised for his courtroom management skills and for doing the legal research necessary to allow him to stay abreast of the law. He has a professional demeanor."

John C. Griffin
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Supervising Judge - Law Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Griffin was elected to the bench in 2010. He was in private practice before becoming a judge. He currently presides over a commercial calendar in the Law Division and also serves as Supervising Judge for the Commercial Section of the Law Division. Judge Griffin is widely praised for his legal ability and for being exceptionally hard working. He completes his cases but is reported to be very good at listening to all the parties. He has received equally high praise in a variety of assignments . He possesses a very good temperament."

Daniel James Pierce
     - Present Duties: Appellate Court
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Pierce was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2008 and elected in 2010. He served early in his career as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. In 1975, he worked for the Cook County Assessor’s Office as the Chief Deputy Assessor. He became a partner at a civil and criminal litigation and real estate tax firm in 1980 before he became a solo practitioner from 1986 until 2008. He most recently was assigned to the Law Division before he was appointed to the First District Illinois Appellate Court in 2013. As an Illinois Appellate judge, respondents say that he is well versed in the issues and is well prepared for oral argument. It is reported that his opinions are well reasoned."

Allen F. Murphy
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 6
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Murphy was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2008 and was elected in 2010. He is assigned to the Sixth Municipal District. Judge Murphy is generally praised for his legal knowledge and ability. He is praised as being well prepared and for his courtroom management. Defense counsel strongly praised Judge Murphy for being fair and for showing respect to all parties. He is considered generally to have a good temperament and is reported to be punctual."

William H. Hooks
     - Present Duties: Criminal Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Hooks received his law degree from ITT Chicago-Kent in 1981 and was admitted to the Illinois bar in that year. He was appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2008. As a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves, he prosecuted and defended criminal cases. He left active duty in 1985 (though remained in the Reserves for an additional 10 years) and until 1991 practiced civil litigation (mainly insurance defense) with Pretzel & Stouffer, Hinshaw & Culbertson, and Garland W. Watt and Associates. Between 1995 and 2008, he has practiced on his own and in partnership with others, concentrating on criminal defense and a wide range of civil litigation. As a lawyer, he has extensive jury and bench trial experience in both federal and state courts, and served as a hearing officer and hearing board chair for the ARDC. As a trial judge, he is considered to have good legal ability, and to be hardworking and well-prepared. He is praised for preparing numerous written orders and opinions for the cases before him. Judge Hooks is dedicated to the improvement of the court system. As an example, he has since 2010 served as a Commissioner of the Illinois Courts Commission by appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, and also serves on the Cook County Justice Advisory Council. He lectures frequently in continuing legal education and public information seminars that focus on the administration of justice and ethics. He has published practice-related articles. His professional conduct and personal integrity are above reproach."

Thomas V. Lyons
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Lyons was appointed to the bench in 2008 and was elected in 2010. He had served as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. He is currently assigned to the Law Division where he presides over jury trials. Attorneys praise Judge Lyons’ legal ability and his temperament. They describe him as having a good grasp on even complex issues and he is said to treat all parties with respect. He shows patience on the bench but maintains control of the courtroom. Lawyers report that he reads all relevant materials and demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with the jury. Lawyers often describe him as an excellent judge."

Raymond W. Mitchell
     - "Highly Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Mitchell was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2008 and was elected in 2010. He presides over an Individual Commercial Calendar for the Law Division. Judge Mitchell has co-authored a Traffic Court Bench Book. Judge Mitchell is considered to have very good legal ability. He is reported to be knowledgeable and to issue well reasoned opinions in a timely fashion. He has a professional demeanor, and is reported to be fair to all parties. He enjoys a reputation of being well prepared and holding lawyers to a high standard."

Edward Harmening
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Harmening was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2009 and elected to the bench in 2010. He began his legal career working as Assistant State’s Attorney in 1994 with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, where he prosecuted misdemeanor cases. From there, he moved into private practice in 1997, with Clausen Miller; primarily handling insurance defense cases. In 2000, he became Senior Associate at what is now Nielsen Zehe & Antas, where he once again litigated primarily matters of insurance defense. In 2003, he returned to the Assistant State’s Attorney office, where he became Deputy Supervisor in 2006. Since August of 2014, he has presided over jury trials and conducted settlement conferences in the Law Division. Judge Harmening is praised for his knowledge and ability. He is well – prepared and is praised for his willingness to let lawyers and pro se individuals have their day in court, while maintaining good courtroom management. He is respectful of all parties."

Daniel Malone
     - Present Duties: Probate Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Malone was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2009 and was elected in 2010. He was in private practice before becoming a judge. He was assigned in 2013 to the Probate Division, where he currently sits. Judge Malone is considered to have good legal ability. All respondents consider him to be knowledgeable and he is praised for being a quick study when he was appointed to the Probate Division. He rules in a timely manner and he is praised for his well reasoned opinions. He is reported to have a good temperament and is fair to all parties."

Geary W. Kull
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 4
     - Rated "Well Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Kull was appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2009 and was elected in 2010. Before becoming a judge he served as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender and was in private practice doing criminal defense work. He is assigned to the Fourth Municipal District hearing felony cases. Judge Kull is widely praised for his knowledge of the law and for his courtroom management skills. He is described as being courteous and professional, although he presides over a heavy court call. He is praised for being well-prepared and he is reported to issue well-reasoned decisions in a timely fashion."

John P. Callahan, Jr.
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Law Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Callahan began his work as a tax consultant for the Price Waterhouse & Company before he became an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney in 1989. He also was in private practice before being appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2009. He was elected to the bench in 2010. He currently is assigned to the Law Division Motion Call handling pretrial motions. Judge Callahan works as a lecturer at DePaul College of Law for the course Trial Advocacy I. Judge Callahan is praised for his grasp of the law and for being well-prepared. He is reported to be able to handle even complex cases and many attribute his substantial litigation experience as a lawyer for his ability to handle litigation efficiently and effectively as a judge. He is reported to show respect to all parties before him, and is praised for the patience and understanding he shows pro se litigants."

Steven James Bernstein
     - Present Duties: Juvenile Justice Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Bernstein was elected to the bench in 2010. Before taking the bench he was in private practice and served as the Acting General Counsel for the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority where he drafted inter-agency agreements, drafts legislation, and prepares and delivers training programs. Upon becoming a judge, he heard traffic, state conservation cases, misdemeanor criminal cases, DUI cases and drug related cases. In 2014, he was moved to the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Division with the Second and Third municipal districts. Judge Bernstein is well respected for his knowledge and diligence. He is praised for his rapport with juries and for showing respect of all persons appearing before him. He is also praised for his courtroom management. He is reported to be handling well his job as a “swing judge” through which he must substitute for another judge – taking cases to trial if the parties are ready."

Bonita Coleman
     - Present Duties: Domestic Relations Division
     - Rated "Not Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Coleman was elected to the bench in 2010. She was in private practice before becoming a judge. She is currently assigned to the Domestic Relations Division in Markham. Judge Coleman is reported to be professional and courteous on the bench. The Council is concerned that many lawyers question Judge Coleman’s knowledge of the law, although most respondents note that she does the necessary research to rule. There was a mixed response as to whether she is fair to both men and women who appear before her. Some believe she favors male parties, but others say she is fair and seeks a just outcome. The Council must balance the totality of the positive and negative comments we heard about Judge Coleman’s judicial performance."

Ann Finley Collins
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 4
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Collins served the Cook County Public Defender’s Office from November 1985 until 2010 as an Assistant Public Defender, and from 1997 until 2010 on the Homicide Task Force for that Office. She was elected to the bench in 2010. She is currently assigned to the Fourth Municipal District. Judge Collins has been hearing misdemeanor cases for most of her judicial career, although she currently hears felony matters, as well. Prosecutors in particular cases claim she favors the defense, but most respondents praise her for being fair and exceptionally patient and respectful of all parties before her. She is well versed in the law and is considered to be very knowledgeable. She is praised as a diligent jurist who does the right thing."

Daniel J. Gallagher
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 1
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Gallagher was elected to the bench in 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice and served as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender. Judge Gallagher is presently assigned to the Misdemeanor Room at Branch 34, presiding over various misdemeanor cases. Judge Gallagher is considered to have good adequate legal ability and is praised for his willingness to mentor young lawyers. But some respondents noted that he demonstrates a short temper on the bench. Yet Judge Gallagher has acknowledged that temperament can be a problem for him, and is taking steps to remedy the problem. Judge Gallagher has been praised for seeking to find pragmatic solutions for offenders on his call."

Sharon O. Johnson
     - Present Duties: Domestic Relations Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Johnson was elected to the bench in 2010. She was in private practice before taking the bench. She sits in the Domestic Relations Division in Markham. Judge Johnson is considered to have good legal ability. Some respondents say she has been short tempered on the bench in the past, but that she has demonstrated a good judicial temperament in her current assignment. She receives higher marks as a judge in her current assignment than in past assignments – such as better temperament and improved court management skills."

Linzey D. Jones
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 5
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Jones was elected to the bench in 2010. Prior to taking the bench, he served as an associate at Sidley Austin from 1982 until 1990, at which time she became a partner. He remained a partner at Sidley Austin until 2003, at which time he became a partner at Pugh, Jones, and Johnson, where he served until 2010. Judge Jones is assigned to the Fifth Municipal District where he presides over bench and jury misdemeanor cases. Judge Jones is a respected jurist with good legal ability. He is reported to have good legal ability and to be fair to all sides. He is reported to be well-prepared and to have good courtroom management skills."

Terry MacCarthy
     - "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League
     - Response to ICJL Questionnaire
     - Present Duties: Domestic Violence Division
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "xJudge MacCarthy was elected to the bench in 2010. He had served as an Assistant Public Defender for Cook County. He is currently sitting in the Fourth Municipal District , where he has been handling domestic misdemeanor and Class 4 Felony Criminal cases. He has taught at both DePaul University’s College of Law and the University of Chicago’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the former. MacCarthy has also co-authored a book on Impeachment, entitled “MacCarthy on Impeachment: How to Find and Use these Weapons of Mass Destruction”, published spring 2016 by the American Bar Association. He has also recently authored a book titled “Improv for Lawyers”, to be published at a later date. dge MacCarthy is considered to have good legal ability and is praised for his temperament. He is reported to be exceptionally punctual and hard working. He is praised for his well reasoned opinions and for showing respect to all parties before him."

Sandra G. Ramos
     - Present Duties: Municipal District 1
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Ramos was elected to the bench in 2010. She was admitted to practice law in Illinois in April, 1986. She began her career as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney and then worked as a sole practitioner focusing on criminal defense cases. She has been assigned to a variety of misdemeanor courtrooms. She currently is assigned to Branch 48 where she hears felony preliminary hearings. Judge Ramos is considered to have good legal ability, and she is reported to have a professional demeanor. She is described as being fair to all parties and is considered to be knowledgeable."

Susan Kennedy Sullivan
     - Present Duties: Elder Law and Probate Divisions
     - Rated "Qualified" by the Chicago Council of Lawyers

  Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Judge Sullivan was elected to the bench in 2010. She is assigned to both the Elder Law and Probate Divisions. Before becoming a judge, she was a sole practitioner. Judge Sullivan has taught Elder Law at DePaul University College of Law since 1998. Judge Kennedy is praised for her legal knowledge and ability in probate law and in her position with the Elder Law Division. It is reported that Judge Sullivan treats parties with equal respect and is fair to all parties. She has a low key temperament and has good courtroom management skills."

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