Illinois saw 22 candidates contribute more than $75,000 each, of their own money, to their campaigns during the primaries. Nearly half of those were judges. David Morrison of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says judicial candidates who have the money to pay for their own campaigns appear less tied to their donors.
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“I think voters are perhaps a little wary of candidates who want to serve on the bench but get a whole lot of money from interests who might then appear before that judge,” Morrison says. Some reformers say the public usually doesn’t know the judicial candidates on the ballot and appointing judges rather than electing them would bolster faith in the courts. But Morrison says voters won’t let that happen. “As a practical matter, voters have made clear they do not want to give up their right to vote for judges,” Morrison says.
Candidate Name Cmte ID# Office/Party Self-funded amount*
Morrison, Sean M22433Cook County Bd of Review/GOP$325,000.00