The Chicago Council of Lawyers announced its recommendations for judicial candidates running in the March 18 primary election.
The Council rates candidates as "well qualified," "qualified" or "not qualified." Candidates who do not submit credentials to the Council are rated "not recommended."
For vacancies on the Appellate Court, whose first judicial district incorporates Cook County, the CCL found John B. Simon well qualified and Shelly A. Harris, Susan Kennedy Sullivan and David Ellis qualified. The association found Freddrenna M. Lyle and Sharon Oden Johnson not qualified.
For countywide vacancies in the Cook County circuit court, the CCL found Kristal Rivers, Linda L. Mastandrea, Mary Alice Melchor, Stephen J. Feldman and Diana Rosario not qualified. The CCL found Kelly Maloney Kachmarik not recommended. The association found all other candidates qualified, with Patricia Susan Spratt rated as well qualified.
For the 11th Subcircuit, which includes parts of Des Plaines and Chicago, the CCL found Gina Crumble, Joanne F. Rosado, Scott Michael Kozicki and Pamela McLean Meyerson qualified.
For the 12th Subcircuit, which includes parts of Wheeling, Elk Grove, Maine, New Trier and Northfield townships, the association found James Edward Hanlon and James L. Kaplan qualified and Samuel Bae, Ralph Eugene Meczyk and James Pieczonka not qualified.
For the 13th Subcircuit comprising parts of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Schaumburg and Streamwood, the CCL found John Curry and Gary W. Seyring qualified.
For a complete list of CLC's judicial ratings see chicagocouncil.org.
The Illinois State Bar Association, the state's largest with about 30,000 members at www.isba.org, and the Chicago Bar Association with 22,000 members at www.chicagobar.org, released their recommendations in February.