A sign advertises Jeanne Marie Wrenn's campaign for Cook County Circuit Court in 2018.

Cook County judicial voters reject old habits, disfavor poorly rated candidates

It was not business-as-usual in the Cook County judicial primaries last week. Candidates with blemishes on their record were disfavored by voters. Judges already serving by appointment, or candidates who came out of the prosecutors’ office, found those perceived advantages did not sway voters. And Latinos seemed to gain strength at the expense of the traditional dominance of Irish names.

2018 Cook County judicial voting guide: 6th subcircuit

In the 6th subcircuit, which covers mostly Chicago’s Northwest Side, eight candidates are vying for three judicial seats. Once elected, there is no difference in responsibility of the countywide judges and subcircuit judges. All voters will have the chance to vote for all countywide candidates, but voters only vote for subcircuit candidates in their own area. Not sure if you live in the 6th subcircuit? Try using this handy map to find out.