Judicial candidates running in the Third and Twentieth Judicial Circuits are "recommended" for office, according to a poll conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association.
The ISBA poll released today reflects opinions of member lawyers within the circuits who chose to respond. Non-ISBA members can also participate in the poll if they request a ballot.
Candidates are rated "recommended" or "not recommended" based on whether respondents agree the candidate "meets acceptable requirements for the office." Candidates having 65 percent or more "yes" responses to that question are rated "recommended." Candidates receiving less than 65 percent are rated "not recommended."
The poll also asks lawyers to measure the candidates' legal ability, integrity, impartiality, and judicial temperament.
In the Third Circuit, 526 ballots were mailed and 204 responses were received in review of William Mudge, Madison County State's Attorney running for circuit judge. He was given an 81.66 rating in "meets requirement for office."
In the other categories, Mudge was rated:
Impartiality : 82.14
Legal Ability: 91.12
Court Management: 85.98
In the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, 580 ballots were mailed and 240 responses were received.
Randolph County Associate Judge Richard Brown received a 94.92 rating for "meets requirements of office." In the other categories, Brown was rated:
Impartiality : 97.48
Legal Ability: 94.96
Court Management: 96.64
St. Clair County Associate Judge Michael Cook, running for circuit judge, received a 92.77 rating for "meets requirements of office."
In the other categories, Cook was rated:
Impartiality : 92.81
Legal Ability: 92.17
Court Management: 95.63
Robert Haida, St. Clair County State's Attorney running for circuit judge, received a 91.61 rating for "meets requirements of office."
In the other categories, Haida was rated:
Impartiality : 90.26
Legal Ability: 93.59
Court Management: 94.70