First Circuit Court Judge Gordon Graham announced his retirement as of early September.
Now word at the McHenry County Courthouse is that Associate Judge Robert K. Beaderstadt, who handles criminal cases, is going to retire on June 30th.
Here are the traditional rules:
- Try to move one of the associate judges to the full circuit court post.
- Appoint someone else the the vacant associate post.
That’s what happened when Associate Judge Michael Feetterer was appointed by this district’s Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas in 2012.
The other Circuit Court Judges seemed to be all in favor of Feetterer’s promotion.
But he had to run for election after he was appointed by Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas.
No one ran against him for the subcircuit seat that was based in Nunda and McHenry Township.
The election to replace Graham, however, will be countywide.
I have speculated previously that a successful attorney who is not now an Associate Judge might decide to run in the Republican Primary Election and that a $100,000 to $200,000 campaign fund would make such a person competitive…even if the sitting judges were not supportive of such an outsider.