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  • Letter to the Editor

  • Letter to the Editor

    Thanks public for

    Veterans' donations

    The auxiliary to Trenton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7983 went to Jefferson Barracks on Wednesday, October 8 to visit and entertain the veterans. We played Bingo and gave gift bags to 28 veterans. Cookies and milk were served as well.
    The Ladies Auxiliary offers a big Thank You to the Trenton Woman's Club, Prairie Farms, Karen and Jim Brown, Carolyn Poettker, and each and every one of you who donated in the box at Trenton IGA. You don't realize how big a smile this brings to our veterans.




    Letter to the Editor

    Research judicial candidates before election

    Dear Editor:

    On Tuesday, November 4, Illinois voters will have a chance to cast their ballots in the general election. In addition to voting for candidates for national and statewide offices, they will have a chance to vote for judges. Learning about the judicial candidates can be difficult, and all too frequently, voters choose to skip voting for these candidates rather than take the time to learn about them. That's unfortunate because judges have a huge impact on our lives. They strive to ensure that the law is fairly imposed, deciding for example who will have custody of your children or whether to punish someone who is convicted of a crime. The best judges are impartial, committed to public service, nonpartisan, empathetic, fair and extremely knowledgeable about the law. Thankfully, there are ways to learn about judges running for election and retention. Bar association evaluations and newspaper endorsements are reliable, independent and relevant sources of information about the candidates' qualifications. All candidates for Illinois judicial offices who won in the March 18 primary election have been rated by Illinois State Bar Association evaluations committees, or in a poll of lawyers conducted by the ISBA. Results are available at www.isba.org/judicialevaluations. In counties outside Cook, the advisory poll is conducted by mail and is sent to all ISBA members in the circuit or district from which a candidate seeks election. Licensed attorneys who are not members of ISBA, or any attorney outside the circuit or district, may request a ballot. Opinions expressed in the poll are of those attorneys who chose to respond and do not reflect the opinion of the Illinois State Bar Association or the opinion of all Illinois attorneys. We urge everyone to review the ratings, then vote for judicial candidates who are truly the most qualified. Download the results and take them into the voting booth with you. Rest assured that the ratings will provide an excellent guide.

    Richard D. Felice
    President
    Illinois State
    Bar Association








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