The Chicago Council of Lawyers seems to be a source that is close to rating judges based on their qualifications, and whether or not the judges are "activist" types.
I've been informed from quite a few police officers that these judges are NOT to be retained. They've consistently made poor decisions from the bench, and their conduct in court shows that they're biased. The % rating means the over-all percentage that feel the judge should be retained. The lower the percentage, the lower the endorsement by legal entities. Don't pay too much attention to the %. You'll notice that many of the judges got 100% across the board. The fact that the following got less than that shows that they aren't qualified.
Bender, Gerald C. - 90%
Brosnahan, Janet - 80%
Clay, Evelyn - 89% [Freed a person who shot a police officer - see below]
Hayes, Shelli Williams - 60%
Hopkins, Vanessa - 80%
Lewis, Casandra - 30%
McGury, Kathleen - 90%
Pietrucha, Edward - 50%
Turner, Valerie - 89%
Morask, Laura J.
Brady, Ann Catherine
Arce, Edward A.
And this letter from the wife of a Chicago Police officer shows how important your vote can be when it comes to judges:
|Dear Everyone,I have been waiting for this day for 4 years. My name is Melissa Keefe. As most of you know, myhusband Kevin was shot 8 1/2 years ago while on duty for the Chicago Police Department. The man who shot him, was subsequently freed by Judge Evelyn Clay. We spent about three years watching Judge Clay in her courtroom. After watching her over such a long period of time, I am begging you to vote "NO" this November when you see her name on the ballot. She is not well-versed on the law, and often has to be corrected by other people in her courtroom. She is also very lax. Defendants with multiple convictions walk away from her courtroom with probation every day. It was truly horrific to watch her undermine the very laws that she has sworn to uphold. In addition, she let the man who shot Kevin go free. I realize that the ballots list s o many judges, that it is hard to figure out who is who. I am just asking that you just remember one name, Evelyn Clay, and vote "NO". I am not trying to be dramatic, but our safety is in jeopardy. We can make a difference!Thank you for reading this. Please pass it on to everyone you know who can vote.Melissa Keefe|
If you've had negative experiences with judges, please post their name in the comments section and I'll update the list.