With two judicial posts opening up, one, which will have to stand for election in 2016, and another which will be appointed and not subject to the electorate, lawyers are talking about who they might want on the bench.
Conversation about the Circuit Court seat, which Judge Gordon Graham is vacating in early September, seems to revolve around Associate Judge James Cowlin.
The thought process is that Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas will appoint the choice of the sitting elected judges in McHenry County.
That happened when Graham was elevated from an Associate to a Circuit Judgeship in 2009. Graham subsequently did not face opposition in the GOP primary, but faced and beat an Independent in the fall.
It also happened when Associate Judge Michael Feetterer took the same path, but had no fall opponent.
Technically, the Illinois Supreme Court fills elected Circuit Court vacancies, but it’s easy to figure out that the rest of the court defers to the recommendation of the elected Justice in the district where the appointment is made.
Those who seem to be interested in the Associate Judgeship, two vacancies, if Cowlin is promoted, are the following.
- Denise Ambrozjak, criminal defense attorney
- Bill Bligh, who in the past has been a Court-appointed Special Public Defender
- Marty Coonen, divorce attorney
- Mark Facchini, a criminal lawyer
- Camille Goodwin, divorce attorney
- Demetri Tslmigras, head of the Misdemeanor Division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office
Certainly, there others out there whose names and qualification will show up in comments under this article.