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

  • Shira D. Truitt, The Truitt Law Firm LLC, Saint Louis, Chair
  • Emma Dorantes, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Champaign, Secretary
  • Claire A. Manning, Brown Hay & Stephens LLP, Springfield, Ex-Officio
  • Michael James Brusatte, Webber and Thies PC, Urbana, Member
  • Barbara L. Delanois, Davis and Delanois PC, Danville, Member
  • Rita E. Elsner, Wheaton, 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, Knox County State's Attorney's Office, Galesburg, Member
  • George G. Leynaud, Leynaud Law Group LLC, Peru, Member
  • Donald A. LoBue, Law Offices of Donald A LoBue, Springfield, Member
  • Eric J. Neumann, Law Office of Eric Neumann, Goreville, Member
  • Douglas B. Olivero, Peru, Member
  • John J. Rekowski, Madison County Public Defender, Edwardsville, Member
  • Gregory A. Scott, Scott & Scott, P.C., Springfield, Member
  • Liz Felt Wakeman, Wakeman Law Group PC, Crystal Lake, Member
  • David A. Weder, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC, St. Louis, Member
  • Andrew G. Whitfield, Illinois Attorney General's Office, Geneva, Member
  • Edward T. Graham, Jr., Brown Hay & Stephens, Springfield, Board Liaison
  • Krista L. Appenzeller, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison
  • Charles J. Northrup, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison