The retention of judges means the nonpartisan voting to keep experienced 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 six 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. This is why your vote is very important.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 you will have the opportunity to vote to retain experienced Cook County judges. The judges whose names will appear on the 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 and to make sure justice is served.

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 vindicate their rights in court. Judges in the reviewing courts establish binding precedent that must be followed.

This website offers biographical information about the judges running for retention this year. Please take the time to consider the wealth of experience and qualifications among these sitting judges. Your “yes” vote is important, the consequence of a “no” vote is serious.

We ask that you support our qualified, experienced judges who are running for retention on November 6, 2018 and vote “YES.”