Thumbs up for two judicial candidates

Our Northwest suburban area is located within the 13th subcircuit of the Cook County court system. In Tuesday's election there are two separate positions for judge to be decided.

These judges are the very ones we will depend on to dispense honest and accurate decisions that affect us every day. It is equally important to remember that once we elect these judges they most likely will be there forever.

Often voters just do not have enough information about the candidates to make an informed decision, and many simply skip the judicial portion of the ballot.

As a member of my local village council, and one who has a keen interest in the qualifications of the judges who are going to be hearing our traffic, civil and criminal cases, I personally evaluate the candidates and their experience before I vote, especially those elected to hear cases at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.

There are two exceptional candidates on the ballot who deserve your consideration.

Judge Margarita Kulys-Hoffman is currently a sitting judge in Rolling Meadows having been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court. She is considered an extremely fair and good trial judge by both prosecution and defense attorneys. She has considerable experience in criminal, domestic and civil law. The bar association evaluations found that Judge Hoffman is the only qualified candidate for this position and I agree.

In the other vacancy, Attorney Anne O'Donnell has had a tremendous amount of trial experience, having served as a public defender in the criminal courts as well as a number years of trial experience in private practice.

Both prosecution and defense attorneys agree she would make an excellent trial judge and is the most qualified for this position. She is well respected for her knowledge of the law and courtroom procedures. She was recently found qualified to fill this vacancy by the reporting bar associations. The bottom line is that she has the greater courtroom and trial experience it takes to run a courtroom than her opponent.

Your vote counts, so please take the time to cast a ballot.

Jack Wagner


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