ICPR favors reforms that seek to remove much of the money and party politics from the judicial selection process. A state-sponsored system for public financing of Supreme Court and Appellate Court elections would be a step in the right direction.
ICPR also favors the formation of independent, non-partisan judicial review commissions. Such commissions could evaluate judges facing retention elections and first-time judicial candidates, and offer objective reviews of each candidate’s fitness to serve. Particularly in Cook County, where over 70 judges stand for retention in each general election every two years, the system is not working as intended and is in need of reforms that ICPR is pursuing in conjunction with others. Below are links to additional sources of information regarding these issues.
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