Looking at the Republican Illinois Supreme Court Race

From Illinois Review, reprinted with permission:


By Nancy Thorner – 

Now that the Governor’s race seems to be tilting strongly for Darren Bailey with the latest poll showing him with a 15-point lead over Richard Irvin and a 21-point lead over his next closest rival, Jesse Sullivan, some might say the Mary Miller vs. Rodney Davis contest for Congress is now the most interesting and the hottest Illinois Republican primary.  

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The Second District Supreme Court contest, however, may even be more interesting and hotter with all the new developments that have occurred in this race since I last wrote about it on Illinois Review.

The first new development is the return of McHenry County Judge Hutchinson and Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran to the ballot.

“Objectors used the turnout formula for the new five-county (Supreme Court district) to calculate that 791 signatures were needed to appear on the ballot as a Democrat and 757 to appear as a Republican.  But the candidates argued, and Cook County Circuit Judge Maureen Hannon agreed, that since the new district did not exist in 2018, the number of signatures necessary to make it on the ballot should be interpreted as 334 — just as described in the Illinois State Board of Elections 2022 candidate’s guide.  The judge’s ruling also aligns with the recommendations of the election board’s hearing officer and general counsel, which were rejected by the (entire election board) on April 19.”    

Who was behind the election board overturning their own guidelines, election hearing officer and general counsel in an attempt to keep Curran and Hutchinson from running against Shanes and Noverini?  Mark Curran had no doubt:  “I know that Judge John Noverini was not behind my challenges…My guess is that Dan Shanes, the other candidate in the race, does not want me talking about how his Masonic friends are clearing out the competition on his behalf, or how there is no way he is pro-life or pro 2nd Amendment.”   

Second development

Another new event, virtually unprecedented for a judicial race, is the negative attacks by Shanes on Noverini with several mailings and on this website. Shanes’ campaign says Judge Noverini “has Deep Ties to Mike Madigan’s Democratic Political Machine” But Noverini says he has never met Mike Madigan or had any political involvement with Madigan or his political machine.  They also claim Noverini “ran and won retention bids as a Democrat in 2014 and 2020” when judicial retention elections are nonpartisan.   

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“In 2021, Citizens For Noverini gave $5,000 to Progressive Action 2016 whose purpose is to “support progressive candidates in Illinois.” The purchase, Noverini says, was for computer software.

As a member of the Carpentersville City Council, Noverini voted to oppose a budget for all of Carpentersville that would have required a substantial tax increase. Shanes calls that “defunding the police.”  

With these baseless charges, Shanes has not followed Illinois judicial rules and is very vulnerable to a formal complaint to the Illinois Judicial Review Board by Judge Noverini.

Now Curran is getting attacked by the same forces backing Shanes:  “Griffin Money Attacks Lake County’s Mark Curran after Effort to Knock Him Off the Ballot Fails.”  

Some outfit called “Citizens for Judicial Fairness” made this mailing criticizing the 2020 GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran.  Looking at Illinois State Board of Elections records shows that billionaire Ken Griffin poured $6,250,000 into it on April Fool’s Day. The PAC also paid for radio and television ads for Griffin’s candidate for Secretary of State John Mishiser and his candidate for Attorney General Steve Kim.”

This mailing attacks Curran as Democrat when he was elected Sheriff twice as a Republican in 2010 and 2014 and lost as a Republican in 2018.  It attacks his stands on issues that never came up in the primary when he ran with the backing of the Republican Establishment for U.S. Senate in 2020.   The same group attacking Curran is just fine with Richard Irvin voting in the Democrat primary 6 out of the last 7 times and Irvin’s far more liberal record on issues.  It also supports Shanes’ denials that he is being supported by Ken Griffin are simply untrue.   

Yet another new development

Following is perhaps the most interesting new development.  Shanes calls himself a “constitutional conservative” yet at a recent meeting of pro-family leaders, Shanes refused to say if life begins at the moment of conception. He also refused to define the word woman when asked! 

Maybe this is why David Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute and board member of Illinois Family Action, a Republican precinct committeeman and the Crete Township Republican Organization chairman, has endorsed Noverini.  Noverini has also gotten the endorsements in McHenry County of former state representative Cal Skinner and Sheriff Bill Prim plus Kane County Pro-Life Leaders Vivian Maley and Sally Sullivan.  

The new 2nd Supreme Court District, like the 3rd Supreme Court district, is competitive in the fall for Republicans, especially in a year when Biden’s approval rating is 33% in the latest Quinnipiac poll.  If the Republicans win both districts, they will have a majority of the Illinois Supreme Court for the first time since 1964. 

An important question:  Will it be difficult to get the Curran, Hutchinson and Noverini supporters back on board for the fall if Shanes wins the Republican nomination in the Second District, because of all the scorched earth tactics of the Shanes’ forces?


Looking at the Republican Illinois Supreme Court Race — 7 Comments

  1. Shanes is another Herbie Franks selectee, but perhaps not the primary one(s).

    The masonic connection’s revelation is surprising indeed.

    But the whole Hebraic conspiracy is collapsing nationwide.

    Chutzpah and overreach.

  2. He’s lying directly to voters but he wants to be promoted to the supreme court.

  3. Rodney is in a district representing students and their commie brain washers.

    When the students were home and voting at home(rather than at school) there was a dog fight in the General.

    No matter how attractive a further right candidate may be to Republicans Mary would lose the General badly.

    Rodney is pragmatically representing his district to have a fighting chance at reelection.

    The Democrats are running some very smart game to get their traitorous garbage elected in an election cycle where The People are keenly aware the Democrat is, in fact, seditious trash.

    They’re running as Republicans in the primary.

    Less money, less organized, less press and a no lose General if some pile of garbage like Shanes wins the Republican primary.

    Whether the other campaigns can get it together to win remains to be seen but, given the time remaining, it is an uphill battle to fight the exposure/branding bought for Shanes.

  4. The Miller/Davis district went 70% for Trump.

    There’s no chance any Democrat can win it.

    “Electability” is no issue and that’s why Miller will probably win.

    Electability is an issue in the 2nd District of the Illinois Supreme Court.

    Shanes is the Griffin candidate depending on Establishment endorsements and Griffin’s mail and TV to win.

    He has no personal appeal to win swing voters or local activists that will be need to win a 50/50 district.

    Noverini has by far the best grass roots.

    Kane County is a Noverini sign festival.

    If Noverini wins, it will show once again that money is not everything in politics.

    Just ask President Hillary and Governor Irvin.

  5. I don’t like the lies.

    The Masonic affiliation is a rumor started by Curran. He’s a drunk and he knows he’s losing.

    And I don’t like Noverini lying about who he was to get a seat on the bench.

    What else is he lying about?

    Lying then or lying now?

    I’ll stick with Shanes who the losers are making shit up about….because they’re losing.

  6. Right on, Grant.

    Check the maps again, Priest.

    You have to look at the NEW 15th district, not the old/current 13th district that Davis represents which is more of a lean Republican than a safe Republican district. Davis and Miller are running for the new 15th district.

    It’s going to be one of the safest R districts in the state as Grant pointed out.

    Whoever wins the primary between Davis or Miller is winning the general election.

    The Democrat Paul Lange isn’t raising any money or having any headlines.

    Nobody is seriously talking about Democrats winning there in the same way nobody expects a Republican to defeat Mike Quigley or a Democrat to win statewide in Oklahoma.

    Rodney Davis is NOT running in the NEW 13th which has been drawn to be a lean Democratic district.

    (I could rant on about that race but will spare you the details. Long story short, I don’t think the GOP field is impressive and the party is dropping the ball; they seem willing to surrender that seat to the carpetbagger Budzinski.)

    Davis’s current district is home to several colleges including UIUC which is the largest college in Illinois.

    When the students are in school if they register to vote at their campus address it makes the district bluer.

    If they’re voting from their home address then their district could be somewhere else in the state or another state and the numbers in that college heavy district would go down and be more politically conservative.

    Go look at the returns from Champaign County.

    It’s one of the few counties in central Illinois that votes Democratic.

    That college is massive.

    Davis hung on by a nail in 2018.

    Two years later during the pandemic (when students were not on campus but at home) Davis squashed his Dem opponent in a rematch.

    Champaign-Urbana is in the new 13th district (as well as the current 13th), not the new 15th, so Davis or Miller won’t have to worry about it.

    Question for Grant: if electability is a big thing to weigh, and I think it is given the importance of the supreme court, why would a voter not conclude Hutchinson is the best choice?

    Cal Skinner says women do better than men in one on one elections and seeing that it’s a highly educated fairly high income suburban district, why would Noverini be more electable than Hutchinson??

    Some people on this blog say they don’t like her but they can never explain why.

    What do you know about her?

    I don’t know much about her.

    She has a lot of judicial experience for sure, more than her opponents.

    I know her fundraising and overall campaign game is lacking though so understand what you mean about Noverini having good grass roots supporters.

  7. Shanes has been consistent and is by far the most qualified.

    He is extremely tough on crime and endorsed by the police which matters to me.

    Curran smear tactics seem desperate.

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