The latest rumor from the McHenry County Courthouse is that two Circuit Court Judges may be retiring.
We already know about Gordon Graham.
He has announced he will step down at the end of the first week of September, thus allowing a temporary appointment, who would be able to run for the office in 2016 as an incumbent.
But, there may be another retirement in the offing.
Chief Judge Michael Sullivan has been limiting his bench work to commitments, that is, whether to send folks off to a mental institution.
The word from the Courthouse is that he is training Associate Judge Mary Nader for that work.
Lawyers, who are used to making logical deductions, think that might mean that Sullivan is preparing to step down.
If so, there would be two appointed Circuit Court Judges.
The Illinois Supreme Court officially makes the appointments, but, in practice, the other judges defer to the local Justice, who is Robert Thomas.
Thomas appointed Michael Chmiel to such a judgeship shortly after he took office.
He went along with local jurists’ recommendation in 2010 and advanced Associated Judge Graham, who then won a contested race with Independent Sally Wiggins.