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, 2018 you will have the opportunity to vote for the retention of Cook County judges in order to keep experienced judges in their positions. The Circuit Court judges 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 8, 2016 and VOTE “YES.”