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Illinois Circuit Court Judge

(Excluding Cook County)

QUALIFICATIONS:

TERM IN OFFICE:  6 Years (Illinois Constitution, Article VI, Section 10)


TERM BEGINS:  December 7, 2022 (10 ILCS 5/1A-19(c))

 

SALARY:  $207,291 per year (Illinois Courts)


FILING PERIODS:

  • Established Party:
    • Not more than 113 nor less than 106 days prior to the General Primary (10 ILCS 5/7-12)
    • November 25 – December 2, 2019 (for the 2020 election)
  • Independent and New Party:
    • Not more than 141 nor less than 134 days prior to the General Election (10 ILCS 5/10-6)
    • July 13 – July 20, 2020 (for the 2020 election)
  • All candidates will file with the Illinois State Board of Elections, 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704-4503, either by mail or in person.

NOMINATING PAPERS:

  • Petitions:
    • Established Party (SBE Form P-17) (not currently available)
    • Resident Circuit Court (SBE Form 18) (not currently available)
    • Independent Party (SBE Form P-3)
    • New Party (SBE Form P-8) (not currently available)
  • Statement of Candidacy:
  • Loyalty Oath (optional): All Candidates (SBE Form P-1C) (not currently available)
  • Statement of Economic Interests: Filed with the Secretary of State, Index Division, 111 East Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62756.  The receipt must be filed with petitions or by the end of the filing period.

SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Established Party:  At least 0.25% (0.0025) of the number of votes cast for the judicial candidate of their political party who received the highest number of votes at the last General Election at which a judicial officer from the same circuit was regularly scheduled to be elected, but in no event less than 500 signatures.  [(10 ILCS 5/7-10(h)]
  • Independent Party:  5% - 8% (or 50 more than the minimum, whichever is greater) of the total number of persons who voted at the last General Election within the judicial unit in which such circuit voted as a unit for the election of officers to serve its respective territorial area, except that where 5% is greater than 25,000, the minimum number of signatures required is 25,000. (10 ILCS 5/10-3)
  • New Party:  At least 5% of the total number of persons who voted at the last General Election within the judicial unit in which such circuit voted as a unit for the election of officers to serve its respective territorial area, except that where 5% is greater than 25,000, the minimum number of signatures required is 25,000. There is no maximum signature requirement. (10 ILCS 5/10-2)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Campaign Contributions: Reports must be filed either electronically or on paper with the State Board of Elections, 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704, or 100 West Randolph St., Suite 14-100, Chicago, IL 60601.

DUTIES:

  • Hears cases (trial courts)
CURRENT MAKE-UP:  

  • 512 Circuit Court Judges in Illinois (excluding Cook County)


Resources

Illinois State Board of Elections Candidates Guide Document 

Signature Requirements per district


General Primary Petition:  SBE Form P-17 (not currently available)


Resident Circuit Court Petition:  SBE Form P-18  (not currently available)


Independent Candidate Petition:  SBE Form P-3


SBE Form P-8 (not currently available)


Statement of Candidacy:  SBE Form P-1


Statement of Candidacy (Independent):  SBE Form P-1B


Statement of Candidacy (New Political party):  SBE Form P-1D


SBE Form P-1C (not currently available)

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