The judicial retention races gained much higher interest, and a Cook County judge lost his seat for the first time since 1990, But there also was evidence that voters, when in doubt, favor an Irish name.
Cook County Democratic Leader Toni Preckwinkle produced a video urging that voters cast their ballots against Circuit Judge Matthew Coghlan next month. The campaign ad is a sharp break from the tradition of the party supporting all judicial candidates seeking another term.
For years officials heard that a court designed to help keep offenders out of prison was flawed, and complaints grew that the judge in charge was a key part of the problem. Frustrated that the issues were not fixed, state officials this month cut off the court’s funding, ending the program.