Five associate judges in Illinois’ Third Judicial Circuit did not receive enough votes to retain their seats in a recent election by circuit court judges.
The following associate judges were reappointed: Philip B. Alfeld, Clarence W. Harrison II, Martin J. Mengarelli, Ronald R. Siemer, Thomas Chapman, Janet Heflin, Neil T. Schroeder and Stephen A. Stobbs.
Judges who were not reappointed were Duane Bailey, Ben Beyers, Don Flack, David Grounds and Elizabeth Levy.
The third circuit covers Bond and Madison counties.
According to media reports, Chief Judge David A. Hylla said he expects the associate judge vacancies to be filled by late July.
According to an Illinois Supreme Court statement, 376 of the 384 associate judges who filed requests for reappointment to their office for a new four-year term were retained. Approximately 466 ballots were cast in 24 circuit courts. Each successful candidate received votes that tallied three-fifths or greater in favor of their reappointment.
Other associate judges not receiving enough votes to be reappointed included one in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, one in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and one in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.
The new term of office for each reappointed associate judge will begin July 1 and end June 30, 2019.
Associate judges serve a four-year term. The Illinois Constitution vests in the Supreme Court the authority to provide for the associate judges appointment process in Illinois. With the adoption of Supreme Court Rule 39 in 1971, the quadrennial reappointment election of associate judges is accomplished through the casting of secret ballots by circuit court judges eligible to vote. The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts administers associate judge elections on behalf of the Supreme Court. The 2015 quadrennial reappointment election is the 11th reappointment election since the 1970 amendments to the judicial article of the Illinois Constitution.