Bar Associations Say Don’t Vote for These Judges

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- As we have in the past, we share information on which judges to vote for and which to NOT vote for in Cook County. Our information comes directly from VoteForJudges.org. Vote for Judges gathers information from the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening (referred to hereafter as “Alliance”).

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The General Election will be November 8, 2022.

Through the years, we have heard, and agree, that members of the public are least informed on the performance of judges.

The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening is comprised of the following bar associations:

  • AABAR: Arab American Bar Association
  • AABA: Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area
  • BWLA: Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago
  • CCL: Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • CCBA: Cook County Bar Association
  • DSL: Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • HBA: Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
  • HLAI: Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • ISBA: Illinois State Bar Association
  • LAGBAC: Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association
  • PRBA: Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • WBAI: Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

The Alliance of Bar Associations works collaboratively to screen judicial candidates in Cook County. Judicial candidates are rated by the Alliance members based on detailed information supplied by each candidate, a background check by trained lawyers/investigators, and interviews of each candidate.

The ratings reflect the Alliance’s opinion of whether candidates have the necessary qualifications for judicial service or ascension to a higher office and are not a reflection of the candidates’ abilities as lawyers or judges.

The ratings key follows:

HQ Highly Qualified
WQ Well Qualified
Q Qualified
NQ Not Qualified
HR Highly Recommended
R Recommended
NR Not Recommended
1 Not Evaluated Through No Fault of the Candidate

Candidates who do not participate in the Alliance’s evaluation process are rated “NR”.

If you’re seeking a short list, these candidates are rated Not Qualified or Not Recommended by at least one bar association and you should NOT vote for them. Either they are not qualified for office or did not bother to fill out forms and submit to a background check and interview by one or more bar associations. Either way, they should NOT receive your vote in this primary election.

  • Ubi O. O’Neal: NR by all bar associations.
  • Monica G. Somerville: NQ by the ISBA and NR by WBAI.
  • Mable Taylor: NQ or NR by all but two bar associations.
  • Yolanda Harris: NQ by the ISBA.
  • Wende Williams: NR by all.
  • Deidre Baumann: NQ by the ISBA
  • Chelsey Renece Robinson: NQ by the ISBA
  • Jacqueline Marie Griffin: NR by DSL and ISBA.
  • Dan Balanoff: NQ or NE by SEVEN bar associations.
  • Claudia Silva-Hernandez: NR by all bar associations.
  • Meredith Vanae Hammer: NR by all bar associations.
  • Maria M. Barlow: NR by all.
  • Amanda Moira Pillsbury: NQ by CCL, HLAI, ISBA; NR by BWLA, CCBA.
  • ShawnTe Raines-Welch: NR by AABA, NQ by ISBA.
  • Patrick Campanelli: NQ by CCL, HLAI, ISBA, NR by all others except CCBA which is blank in this case.
  • Judie Lyn Smith: NQ by ISBA, NR by LAGBAC.
  • Tivvany N. Brooks: NQ by CCL, HLAI, ISBA, NR by AABA, DSL, LAGBAC.
  • Jackie Marie Portman-Brown: NQ by ISBA, NR by six Alliance members.
  • Pat Casey: NQ by AABA, CCL, ISBA; NR by CCBA, DSL, LAGBAC, WBAI.
  • John Fritchey: NQ by ISBA, NR by BWLA, HBA, WBAI.
  • Ann Buran-Vongher: NQ by HLAI, ISBA, NR by LAGBAC.
  • Chris Taliaferro: NQ by CCL, HLAI, ISBA, NR by five members.
  • Christine Svenson: NR from LAGBAC
  • Iris Y. Chavira: NR by all but is running unopposed.
  • Viviana Martinez: NQ by ISBA, NR by AABA, CCBA.
  • Jorge V. Cazares, NQ by CCL, ISBA; NR by four.
  • Jim Gleffe: NQ by CCL, ISBA; NR by four Alliance members.

(R) next to a name denotes Republican candidates; all other candidates are Democrats.

ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT

AABAR

AABA

BWLA

CCL

CCBA

DSL

HBA

HLAI

ISBA

LAGBAC

PRBA

WBAI

Hon. Shelvin Louise Marie Hall Vacancy

Debra B. Walker

R

R

R

WQ

R

R

R

Q

HQ

R

R

HR

Russell “Russ” Hartigan

R

R

R

Q

R

HR

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Dominique C. Ross

R

NR

R

NQ

R

R

R

NQ

NQ

 

R

 

Hon. Sheldon A. Harris Vacancy

Raymond W. Mitchell

R

R

R

WQ

R

HR

R

Q

HQ

R

R

R

Devlin Joseph Schoop

R

R

R

Q

R

R

NR

NQ

NQ

R

R

R

John H. Ehrlich

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

NQ

HR

R

HR

CIRCUIT COURT, COUNTYWIDE

AABAR

AABA

BWLA

CCL

CCBA

DSL

HBA

HLAI

ISBA

LAGBAC

PRBA

WBAI

Hon. Margaret A. Brennan Vacancy

Ubi O. O’Neal

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

Howard B. Brookins, Jr.

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

¹

Q

R

R

R

Lisa Michelle Taylor

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Hon. John P. Callahan, Jr. Vacancy

Mary Bernadette McMahon

R

R

R

Q

 

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Suzanne Therese McEneely

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

HR

R

R

Tracie Porter

R

R

R

Q

HR

HR

R

HQ

Q

HR

R

R

CIRCUIT COURT, COUNTYWIDE

AABAR

AABA

BWLA

CCL

CCBA

DSL

HBA

HLAI

ISBA

LAGBAC

PRBA

WBAI

Hon. Diane Gordon Cannon Vacancy

Monica G. Somerville

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

NQ

R

R

NR

Mable Taylor

¹

NR

R

NQ

 

NR

NR

NQ

NQ

NR

NR

NR

Diana López

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Hon. Michael B. Hyman Vacancy

Thomas E. Nowinski

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Carmen Migdalia Quinones

NR

Q

R

NQ

R

NR

NR

NQ

NQ

NR

R

NR

Hon. Cheyrl Ingram Vacancy

Elizabeth “Beth” Ryan

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Yolanda Harris Sayre

R

¹

R

Q

R

R

R

R

NQ

R

R

R

Hon. Pamela M. Leeming Vacancy

Wende Williams

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

Rena Marie Van Tine

R

Q

R

WQ

R

HR

R

HR

HQ

HQ

HR

R

Hon. Daniel Lynch Vacancy

Paul Joyce

R

R

R

Q

R

HR

R

Q

Q

HR

R

R

Deidre Baumann

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

NQ

R

R

R

Michael Weaver

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

HR

R

R

Hon. Kathleen M. McGury Vacancy

Chelsey Renece Robinson

R

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

R

NQ

R

R

R

Ruth Isabel Gudino

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

Q

HQ

Q

HR

HR

R

Hon. Joan M. O’Brien Vacancy

Jacqueline Marie Griffin

R

Q

R

Q

R

NR

R

Q

Q

NR

R

R

Araceli Reyes De La Cruz

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

HR

R

R

Dan Balanoff

¹

¹

NR

NQ

R

NR

R

NR

NQ

NR

R

NR

Hon. Sharon M. Sullivan Vacancy

Claudia Silva-Hernandez

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

Thomas More Donnelly

R

R

R

WQ

R

HR

R

HQ

HQ

HR

R

HR

Meridth Vanae Hammer

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

CIRCUIT COURT, 1ST SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Sharon O. Johnson Vacancy

John W. Wilson

R

R

R

WQ

R

R

R

Q

HQ

HR

R

R

Maria M. Barlow

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

CIRCUIT COURT, 4TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. James Gavin Vacancy

Amanda Moira Pillsbury

R

Q

NR

NQ

NR

R

R

NQ

NQ

R

R

R

Nick Kantas

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

CIRCUIT COURT, 4TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Patrick T. Rogers Vacancy

Chloe Georgianna Pedersen

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

ShawnTe Raines-Welch

R

NR

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

NQ

R

R

R

Jerry Barrido

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Patrick Campanelli

NR

NR

NR

NQ

 

NR

NR

NQ

NQ

NR

NR

NR

CIRCUIT COURT, 5TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Jackie Portman-Brown Vacancy

David L. Kelly

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

HR

R

Jenetia Marshall

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Hon. Diane Shelley Vacancy

Timothy W. Wright III

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Judie Lyn Smith

R

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

R

NQ

NR

R

R

Tiffany N. Brooks

¹

NR

R

NQ

R

NR

R

NQ

NQ

NR

R

R

Jackie Marie Portman-Brown

NR

Q

R

Q

R

NR

NR

NR

NQ

NR

R

NR

CIRCUIT COURT, 6TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Mauricio Araujo Vacancy

Charles “Charlie” Beach

R

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Hon. Raul Vega Vacancy

David S. Rodriguez

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

¹

R

R

Kerrie Maloney Laytin

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

CIRCUIT COURT, 7TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Patricia Martin Vacancy

Marcia O’Brien Conway

R

¹

R

WQ

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

HR

R

Owens “Joe” Shelby

R

¹

R

Q

R

R

R

¹

Q

R

R

R

CIRCUIT COURT, 8TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Robert E. Gordon Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Casey

R

NQ

R

NQ

NR

NR

R

R

NQ

NR

R

NR

Bradley R. Trowbridge

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

John Fritchey

R

¹

NR

Q

R

R

NR

Q

NQ

R

R

NR

Hon. Thomas J. Lipscomb Vacancy

Stephen Swedlow

R

R

R

WQ

R

HR

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Jennifer Bae

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

CIRCUIT COURT, 9TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Jeanne Cleveland Bernstein Vacancy

Sanjay Tailor

R

R

R

WQ

R

HR

R

HQ

HQ

R

HR

R

Ann Buran-Vongher

¹

R

R

Q

 

R

R

NQ

NQ

NR

R

R

Hon. Moshe Jacobius Vacancy

Don R. Sampen

¹

Q

R

WQ

R

R

R

Q

Q

HR

R

R

Torrick Alan Ward

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

HR

R

R

Barry Goldberg

R

R

R

Q

R

HR

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Basileios “Bill” John Foutris

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

¹

Q

R

R

R

CIRCUIT COURT, 11TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Dennis M. McGuire Vacancy

Chris Taliaferro

NR

NR

R

NQ

R

NR

R

NQ

NQ

NR

R

NR

Aileen Bhandari

R

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

HR

HR

R

CIRCUIT COURT, 13TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Susanne M. Groebner Vacancy

Christine Svenson

R

R

Q

R

Q

 

R

R

Q

Q

NR

R

R

Gary William Seyring

R

¹

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Dominic J. Buttitta, Jr. R

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

HR

R

R

James Costello

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

¹

Q

R

R

R

Joe Gump

R

Q

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

CIRCUIT COURT, 14TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. James R. Brown Vacancy

Iris Y. Chavira

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

Hon. Raymond L. Jagielski Vacancy

Viviana Martinez

R

NR

R

Q

R

NR

R

Q

NQ

R

R

R

Steve Demitro

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

¹

Q

R

R

R

Jorge V. Cazares

¹

NR

R

Q

NR

R

R

¹

NQ

NR

R

NR

CIRCUIT COURT, 15TH SUBCIRCUIT

 

 

AABAR

 

AABA

 

BWLA

 

CCL

 

CCBA

 

DSL

 

HBA

 

HLAI

 

ISBA

 

LAGBAC

 

PRBA

 

WBAI

Hon. Christopher Lawler Vacancy

Bernadette Barrett

R

R

R

Q

R

R

R

Q

Q

R

R

R

Jim Gleffe

¹

NR

R

NQ

 

NR

R

Q

NQ

NR

R

NR

 

Complete evaluations are here in PDF format for printing:

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June 23, 2022 at 09:07PM

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