#CheckYourJudges

A judge with a question mark on his head sits behind a bench with an American flag. The words Check Your Judges in the foreground.

The Illinois primary election is coming up on June 28 (three months later than usual, due to delays in redistricting). This year, more than two dozen judicial seats are open in Cook County.

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 past guide for the 2020 primary elections.

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Injustice Watch is researching candidates who have already announced that they are running for judicial vacancies in 2022 or who we think might do so. Below are the names of Cook County attorneys and sitting judges who may be on the ballot. If you’ve had an experience — good or bad, inside or outside the courtroom — with any of the people who may be 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.