Web-based judicial candidate guide provides Illinois voters with information about their 2012 judicial candidates
Feb. 29, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Brian Gladstein (312) 335-1767
CHICAGO – A new, online voters guide (www.IllinoisVotersGuide.org) gives Illinois voters instant access to information about judicial candidates in the March primary.
The Illinois Voter’s Guide was created by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR), with the goal of connecting voters with information about their candidates for judge.
“We regularly see high drop-off rates when it comes to candidates for judge, but our judiciary is too important for voters to skip over, ” said Brian Gladstein, ICPR’s executive director. “This online guide provides voters with information direct from the candidates, who were asked to provide information about their legal experience, educational background, civic affiliations, endorsements, and thoughts about some pressing issues facing the judiciary. Our hope is that voters will consult this non-partisan resource and become better informed about the judicial candidates.”
There are over 200 candidates vying for the nomination to 78 open seats on the bench. All judicial candidates seeking election in 2012 were invited to participate in the Illinois Voter’s Guide.
The candidates’ answers have not been edited by ICPR. In addition, ICPR does not make endorsements in this or any election contest.
In addition to displaying candidates’ responses, the Illinois Voter’s Guide website provides information about the state’s court system and links to bar associations’ and candidates’ websites.
ICPR created similar voter’s guides in past judicial elections.
About the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization that conducts research and advocates reforms to promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics and encourage integrity, accountability and transparency in government. The late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon and former Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra founded ICPR in 1997. www.ilcampaign.org