Marcia M. Meis, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced that 396 out of 400 Illinois associate judges who filed requests for reappointment to their office for a new four-year term have been retained. Having certified the results of more than 400 total ballots cast in Illinois’ 25 circuit courts, Director Meis informed that each successful candidate received votes that tallied three-fifths or greater in favor of their reappointment. Four associate judges did not receive the requisite number of votes for reappointment. The new term of office for each reappointed associate judge will begin on July 1, 2023, and terminate on June 30, 2027.
Pursuant to Illinois’ Constitution, associate judges serve a term of office of four years. The Illinois Constitution vests in the Supreme Court the authority to provide, by rule, for the associate judges appointment process in Illinois. With the adoption of Supreme Court Rule 39 in 1971, the quadrennial reappointment election of associate judges is accomplished through the casting of ballots by circuit court judges eligible to vote. Amended Supreme Court Rule 39(a) provides that the terms of all associate judges in office shall expire on June 30th of every fourth year, unless the associate judge is appointed after April 1st during the reappointment year and thereby subject to reappointment in the next quadrennial reappointment period.
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts administers all associate judge elections on behalf of the Supreme Court. The 2023 quadrennial reappointment election is the thirteenth reappointment election since the 1970 amendments to the judicial article of the Illinois Constitution.
The following associate judges did not meet the requisite percentage of votes in favor of reappointment and have not been retained for another term:
Cook County: Gregory P. Vazquez
Twelfth Circuit: M. Thomas Carney and Cory D. Lund
Eighteenth Circuit: Jennifer L. Martyn
For a full list of associate judges reappointed to four-year terms, please click here.