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posted: 11/5/2012 6:00 AM

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The Daily Herald story "Judge ratings make daunting task easier for voters" addresses one of the biggest challenges facing suburban voters. Getting informed about judicial election and retention races truly is a daunting task. In Cook County alone, there are 57 judges on the ballot this year for retention. Learning who these individuals are and then trying to make an informed decision can be challenging to be sure.

The article discussed the online resource VoteForJudges.org as a place to go to get information about judicial candidates. Another resource available to voters is Illinoisjudges.net.

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Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch strongly encourages voters to take the down ballot judicial election and retention races seriously. Resources such as VoteForJudges.org and Illinoisjudges.net can only help voters unless they actually go to these sites and do their homework. As citizens, it is our responsibility to do our part by electing judges who will make impartial decisions based on fair consideration of the facts and law and who won't bow to political or economic pressure.

I applaud the Daily Herald for highlighting resources available to voters to help them make informed decisions. We need judges who are qualified for the job, and that begins with voters making sure they do not skip these important down ballot election and retention races.

Travis Akin

Executive director

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch

Marion, Ill.

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