On Tuesday, March 20, voters will have a chance to cast their ballot in the Illinois primary for national, state and local offices.
Often overlooked among the many candidates are the men and women running for judge. That is unfortunate because judges make critical decisions on a daily basis that directly affect the lives and liberties of all of us. Learning about the qualifications of judicial candidates, and voting for those who are most qualified, will help ensure that we have a quality judiciary. Bar association ratings and newspaper endorsements are two ways voters can become better informed about the candidates’ qualifications.
The Illinois State Bar Association conducts evaluations and polls to let voters know how the candidates’ peers in the profession view their qualifications for office. Chief among these qualifications are legal ability, impartiality, and integrity. These ratings are readily available to the public at www.isba.org/YouBeTheJudge.
We encourage voters to download our ratings and take them into the voting booth. They will provide an invaluable guide and help ensure that we select the most qualified men and women as judges.
John G. Locallo
Illinois State Bar Association