Last week, Illinois voters cast their ballots for state governor, attorney general, state representatives, and more. They also got to weigh in on a number of races for judges. And this year, the results broke from past trends. While judicial seats tend to be safe, a dozen candidates in contested primaries who had experienced bad press prior to primary day lost their races. In the past, research has shown that most voters just skip the part of the ballot that deals with judicial races, or they are likely to cast votes without knowing a lot about the candidates. That’s why groups like Injustice Watch, an investigative reporting nonprofit in Chicago, provides voters with a voter guide for the judicial races.
Rick Tulsky, co-founder and co-editor of Injustice Watch