With eerily similar campaign logos, fifth sub-circuit judicial candidates Jameika Mangum and Leonard Murray vie for a bench seat with five days until the election.
Judicial candidate Alex Kaplan’s past troubles include losing properties at foreclosure sales; declaring bankruptcy; and co-owning a building cited for code violations and tenants engaged in criminal activity.
Of the 81 candidates running, 16 have failed to be recommended for the bench by both the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL). Another 13 have received negative evaluations by one or the other.
Dozens are vying for judge’s seats in Cook County. Not all of them got recommendations from local bar groups.
If history is a guide, the principal attributes of the winners in Cook County’s judicial races will not be their qualifications — their legal experience, education, and temperament — but rather the ethnicity of their names, their skin color, gender, campaign financing, and ballot position.