A summary of bar association recommendations in judicial races
The Daily Herald does not issue endorsements in most judicial races. Here is a summary of recommendations regarding judges from regional bar associations.
Associations cited are the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), www.isba.org/judicialevaluations, the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), www.chicagobar.org and the Suburban Bar Coalition made up of the Northwest Suburban, https://www.nwsba.org/?, North Suburban, https://ilnsba.org/, South Suburban, https://ssba.wildapricot.org/, Southwest, https://southwestbar.org/, West Suburban, http://westsuburbanbar.org/, and Lake County (LCBA) bar associations.
For recommendations of the Alliance of Bar Associations, visit: http://www.voteforjudges.org/ online.
State Supreme Court, Dist. 1
Highly qualified: P. Scott Neville Jr. and Michael B. Hyman highly qualified. (ISBA)
Qualified: P. Scott Neville (CBA)
Illinois Appellate Court, Dist. 1
Highly Qualified: Michael B. Hyman (CBA)
Qualified: Sharon O. Johnson (ISBA, CBA)
Countywide Judicial Candidates
All qualified by all agencies except:
Highly qualified: Chris Stacey; Lynn Weaver Boyle (CBA); Christopher Morozin (LCBA)
Not qualified: Maura McMahon Zeller (ISBA)
Not recommended: Tiesha L. Smith (ISBA, CBA); Marine Slavin (LCBA)
Cook County Circuit Court
All agencies recommend or highly recommend retention for all Cook County circuit court candidates except:
ISBA: Mauricio Araujo*, Jackie Marie Portman-Brown, Diana Rosario and John J. Mahoney
CBA: Mauricio Araujo*, Patricia Manila Martin
SBC: John J. Mahoney and Jackie M. Portman-Brown. Mauricio Araujo* and Patricia Manila Martin
* Mauricio Araujo resigned effective Oct. 5.
Qualified: Patricia M. Fallon, Democrat, Frank R. DiFranco, Republican (ISBA, CBA)
Qualified: Susanne Michelle Groebner, Democrat, Gary William Seyring, Republican (ISBA, CBA)
Appellate Court Retention
Yes: Aurelia Maria Pucinski, Mary Katherine Rochford (ISBA, CBA, SBC), Ann B. Jorgensen, Mary S. Schostock (LCBA)
19th Judicial Circuit Retention
Valerie Boettle Ceckowski, James K. Booras (LCBA)