Judicial Evaluations - Outside Cook County

The mission of the Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations - Outside Cook County is

  • To investigate and evaluate the qualifications of Illinois candidates for nomination to the U.S. District Court and Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • To investigate and evaluate the qualifications of candidates for nomination, election, retention and appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court in all judicial districts, and to the Illinois Appellate Court in the districts outside of Cook County.

No committee member who serves on a campaign committee, or is actively involved in fund raising for any candidate under review, may participate in the investigation or evaluation of any candidate for the same judicial office. Consists of a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary and sufficient members to implement its responsibilities in all judicial districts. Lay members are authorized. Five members shall constitute a quorum.

Committee Roster

  • Claire A. Manning, Brown Hay & Stephens LLP, Springfield, Chair
  • Tara H. Ori, Lake County States Attorney Office, Waukegan, Vice-Chair
  • Shira D. Truitt, The Truitt Law Firm LLC, Saint Louis, Secretary
  • Gregory A. Scott, Scott & Scott, P.C., Springfield, Ex-Officio
  • Michael James Brusatte, Webber and Thies PC, Urbana, Member
  • Sherri L. Caldwell Hale, Bolingbrook, Member
  • Jack C. Carey, Belleville, Member
  • Barbara L. Delanois, Davis and Delanois PC, Danville, Member
  • Emma Dorantes, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Champaign, Member
  • Stephen Ferguson, Mattoon, Member
  • David B. Franks, Franks & Rechenberg PC, Lake in the Hills, Member
  • Mitch Gilfillan, Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius Cerulo, Peoria, Member
  • Kelli E. Gordon, Feldman Wasser, Springfield, Member
  • Amanda J. Hamilton, Konicek & Dillon PC, Geneva, Member
  • Ted P. Hammel, Hammel Law Offices PC, Joliet, Member
  • Brendan P. Harris, Harris Law Center, Springfield, Member
  • Terra Costa Howard, Terra Costa Howard Attorney at Law, Glen Ellyn, Member
  • Jeremy S. Karlin, Barash & Everett LLC, Galesburg, Member
  • Ken K. Kugelberg, Jr., Generation Law Ltd, Elmhurst, Member
  • George G. Leynaud, Leynaud & Leynaud, Peru, Member
  • Donald A. LoBue, Law Offices of Donald A LoBue, Springfield, Member
  • George F. Mahoney, Mahoney Silverman & Cross LLC, Joliet, Member
  • Eric J. Neumann, Law Office of Eric Neumann, Goreville, Member
  • Douglas B. Olivero, Louis E. Olivero & Assoc., Peru, Member
  • John J. Rekowski, Madison County Public Defender, Edwardsville, Member
  • Liz Felt Wakeman, Wakeman Law Group PC, Crystal Lake, Member
  • Andrew G. Whitfield, Illinois Attorney General's Office, Geneva, Member
  • Edward Graham, Jr., Brown Hay & Stephens, Springfield, Board Liaison
  • Charles J. Northrup, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison