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(10 ILCS 5/7A-1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 7A-1)
Any Supreme, Appellate or Circuit Judge who has been elected
to that office and who seeks to be retained in that office under subsection
(d) of Section 12 of Article VI of the Constitution shall file a declaration
of candidacy to succeed himself in the office of the Secretary of State
not less than 6 months before the general election preceding
the expiration of his term of office. Within 3 business days thereafter,
the Secretary of State shall certify to the State Board of Elections the
names of all incumbent judges who were eligible to stand for retention at
the next general election but failed to timely file a declaration of
candidacy to succeed themselves in office or, having timely filed such a
declaration, withdrew it. The State Board of Elections may rely upon the
certification from the Secretary of State (a) to determine when vacancies
in judicial office exist and (b) to determine the judicial positions for
which elections will be held. The Secretary of State, not less
than 63 days before the election, shall certify the Judge's candidacy to
the proper election officials. 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. The retention elections shall be conducted at general elections
in the appropriate Judicial District, for Supreme and Appellate Judges,
and in the circuit for Circuit Judges. The affirmative vote of three-fifths
of the electors voting on the question shall elect the Judge to the office
for a term commencing on the first Monday in December following his election.
Upon certification of a Judge's candidacy for retention by the Secretary of State, the judicial candidate may file a written request with the Secretary of State for redaction of the judicial candidate's home address information from the candidate's declaration of candidacy for retention. After receipt of the candidate's written request, the Secretary of State shall redact or cause redaction of the judicial candidate's home address from the candidate's declaration of candidacy for retention within 5 business days. For the purposes of this subsection, "home address" has the meaning as defined in Section 1-10 of the Judicial Privacy Act.
P.A. 96-886, eff. 1-1-11; 97-847, eff. 9-22-12