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Judges are elected in Illinois--which is a big mistake. Few voters spend time researching the judges and most don't even bother bringing in a copy of a local newspaper or bar association list of judicial endorsements. Once elected, county judges appear on the ballot with the option to retain or remove them. Only twice in the last two decades has a Cook County judge failed to win retention.
One judge who should have been sentenced to the unemployment office is Cynthia Brim. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Bar Association recommended a "No" on retention for her. In the spring Brim allegedly assaulted a sheriff's deputy the day after she launched into a 45 minute tirade in her courtroom--leading to a suspension from her duties.
Her lawyer says the judge was "legally insane" at the time.
But Cook County voters chose to retain Brim. She keeps her $182,000 annual salary. But that's not the end of this story. Last night Brim was arrested on a battery charge.
Folks, you can't make this stuff up.
Oh, I almost forgot: The Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Brim and the other judges up for retention.
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Tonight there is talk that Junior is negotiating a plea deal with the feds.
There are too many--way too many--voters in the Chicago area who don't know and who don't care to know.
It's easy to see why Chicago and Illinois are national punchlines for political jokes.
I don't live in Junior's district or in Smith's--so I couldn't vote against them. But I did vote "No" on Brim. I did my homework. Why can't everyone else?
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