#CheckYourJudges

A judge's hand holding a gavel with scenes from courtrooms behind it and the words Check Your Judges

The Illinois general election will be held on Nov. 8. This year, there are 65 judges running for retention in Cook County, meaning they are asking voters to give them another term. Voters will have a chance to say “yes” or “no” to keeping them on the bench and each judge has to get at least 60% yes votes to continue their service. We’re currently working on research for our judicial election guide, which will be published in October.

Judges are powerful public officials who play a critical role in society. But many voters know little about the people at the bottom of their ballot.

For that reason, every election cycle, Injustice Watch compiles a judicial election guide with information about the people running for judge in Cook County. We research candidates’ histories, talk to people who know them, review public records, and compile ratings from legal groups to provide the most in-depth judicial election guide to Cook County voters. We don’t make recommendations or endorsements. Instead, we provide as much information as we can so voters can make an informed decision. Here’s a link to our guide for the 2022 primary elections.

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Injustice Watch is researching the Cook County judges who are running for retention in 2022. The list of candidates is below. If you’ve had an experience — good or bad, inside or outside the courtroom — with any of the people who are running, we want to hear from you! Please fill out the form below. Your submission will be confidential. You may indicate if you’re open to further conversation with one of our reporters on or off the record.