Illinois justices won’t use recall power for reappointments

August 26, 2011

AP Staff

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Justices on the Illinois Supreme Court say they'll stop using their recall power to reappoint Cook County judges who have lost their elections.

A court spokesman tells the Chicago Tribune that the justices reached that decision privately months ago.

The Tribune reported Friday that the Supreme Court has reappointed 18 judges to the Cook County Circuit Court bench since 2000 after voters rejected them. Those judges include 13 currently hearing cases.

The Tribune says the court promised to end the practice nearly 20 years ago but didn't.

Malcolm Rich is executive director of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, and he pushed to change the practice in 1993. Rich says it isn't authorized by the Illinois Constitution and he's hoping the court follows through this time.