The retention of judges means the nonpartisan voting to keep judges on the bench. The
voter is simply asked to vote "yes" or "no" to retain a judge. These judges were
originally elected by the voters 6 or more years ago. Under the Illinois Constitution
elected circuit judges must run for retention every six years and receive 60% “YES”
votes to remain on the bench. That is why your vote is very important.
On Tuesday November 6, 2012 you will have the opportunity to vote for the retention of
Cook County judges in order to keep experienced judges in their positions. The 57 circuit
judges and Supreme Court and Appellate Court justices whose names will appear on the
green retention ballot include some of the highest ranking and most highly regarded
judges of the trial and reviewing courts in Cook County and the State of Illinois.
Why so many judges? Cook County is one of the largest unified court systems in the
country. There are more than 400 judges who serve in the courts throughout the county.
Judicial retention is as important as any other election. Your vote is needed to keep the
courts running effectively.
Cook County judges hear cases involving the diverse issues people face such as child
custody, crimes, domestic violence, and mortgage foreclosure. Judges enable the
people of Cook County to obtain protection and to vindicate their rights in court. All the
currently sitting judges running for retention are experienced.
This website offers biographical information about the judges and justices who are
running for retention this year. Although it may be a challenge for voters to take the time
necessary to vote on each of the retention judges, the consequences of a “no” vote are
serious. Please take the time to consider the wealth of experience and qualifications
among these sitting judges.
We ask that you support our experienced judges who are running for retention on
November 6, 2012 and VOTE “YES.”
Front: Roberts, Bellows, Hill-Veal, Murphy Gorman, Hambright, Jacobius, Shelley, Banks and Bartkowicz
Rear: Brennan, Eadie-Daniels, Palmer, Maras, Ocasio, Walker, Karkula, Hughes Brooks, Dickler, Haberkorn,
Brim, C. Howard, G. Howard, T. Murphy, Funderburk and Howlett