Opinion: Judges are supposed to be ethical and above reproach in their behavior. Well, not in St. Clair County, and I am sure it is questioned in Madison County as well (Judicial Hellhole). Just ask former St. Clair Judge Cook and the Madison County Asbestos docket.
The three judges in St. Clair know that a retention vote will not go their way, so they are inventing an unethical solution to maintain their power on the bench.
Article 6 of the Illinois State Constitution says…“The names of judges seeking retention shall be submitted to the electors, separately and without party designation, on the sole question whether each judge shall be retained in office for another term,” states a portion of Article 6, Section 12(d).”
What the three judges in St. Clair County want to do is retire, then immediately run for circuit judge, which would avoid the judicial retention process outlined in the Illinois Constitution.
The idea of running for retention is you need 60% of the voters to vote to “retain” in order to keep the seat on the court.
The logic of retention is that a judge running for retention would need to have broad public support (60% to retain) and force them to be politically neutral. Politically influenced judges could easily be booted off the court.
These three judges would struggle to get 60% of the voters to vote to retain.
This method of avoiding a retention vote has only been tried once before, and that was “oddly” in St. Clair county by Judge Lloyd Cueto.
If you need to get up to speed on the Cueto family’s political power please read here…http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/obituaries/disbarred-illinois-attorney-political-power-broker-amiel-cueto-dies/article_f39aa29c-a9b4-11e1-bc3f-0019bb30f31a.html
This is the kind of political machine behavior that republicans like Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler and former Belleville Mayor Rodger Cook are running to end as they run for County Board Chairman in their respective counties.
Please support efforts to end judicial/political corruption. Unfortunately you don’t have to go far to find it outside of Edwardsville and Belleville to find it.