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Check your judges 

Your guide to the November 2022 Cook County judicial elections

Published October 11, 2022

Last updated November 8, 2022

Judges are powerful officials whose decisions on the bench touch many aspects of life, from traffic tickets to divorces, lawsuits, evictions, and criminal cases. They have the power to take someone’s freedom, enforce or overturn state laws, and correct or perpetuate injustices. Yet there are few places to get information about the people running for judge. That's why Injustice Watch created this guide to the Nov. 8, 2022, Cook County judicial elections.

This year, 61 judges are running for retention in Cook County. Voters will be asked whether each judge should remain on the bench. A judge must receive 60% “yes” votes to keep their seat. (Voters in the northwest Cook County suburbs also will choose between a Democratic and Republican candidate for a vacant circuit court seat. All other candidates running for judicial vacancies are unopposed.)

Our team spent months researching each judge’s legal experience, community involvement, political connections, conduct, and controversies. We sent every judge a survey asking how they’ve worked to counteract the disparities in the court system. And we collected recommendations from bar associations, groups of lawyers who interview and rate judicial candidates.

Here’s everything you need to be an informed voter.

Continue scrolling to create your personal voting guide, or go here for a searchable list of all the candidates and races, including candidates running unopposed for vacant seats.

First, decide which judges to retain

Click Infonotes to learn more about each candidate. Then, select the candidates you intend to vote for. Your choices will be remembered even if you close your browser. In the next section, you’ll be able to create a report with your choices that you can take with you to your polling place. To find your polling place, click here if you live in the city of Chicago or click here if you live in suburban Cook County.

Next, check if there are contested elections in your district

There is one contested race in the 13th subcircuit, which covers Palatine, Schaumburg, Barrington and Hanover townships and parts of Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove in the far northwest suburbs. Not sure if you live in this subcircuit? Check your voter registration card.

    Finally, save a report to take to the polling station

    Customize using the options below. When you're ready, select Preview document, and if you're satisfied with the result, save the document to your device.

    Note: After you've generated the initial preview, the document will update automatically if you change your votes in the previous sections.

    Preview will appear here

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