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92nd General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT concerning subcircuit judgeships.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Circuit Courts Act is amended by changing
 5    Section 2f as follows:

 6        (705 ILCS 35/2f) (from Ch. 37, par. 72.2f)
 7        Sec. 2f.  (a) The Circuit of Cook County shall be divided
 8    into 15 units to be known as  subcircuits.   The  subcircuits
 9    shall  be  compact,  contiguous,  and  substantially equal in
10    population.    The  General   Assembly   shall   create   the
11    subcircuits   by  law  on  or  before  July  1,  1991,  using
12    population data as determined by the 1990 Federal census.
13        (b)  The 165 resident  judges  to  be  elected  from  the
14    Circuit  of  Cook  County shall be determined under paragraph
15    (4) of subsection (a) of Section 2 of the Judicial  Vacancies
16    Act.
17        (c)  The  Supreme  Court  shall  allot (i) the additional
18    resident judgeships provided by paragraph (4)  of  subsection
19    (a)  of  Section 2 of the Judicial Vacancies Act and (ii) all
20    vacancies in resident judgeships existing on or occurring  on
21    or  after  the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1990,
22    with respect to the other resident judgeships of the  Circuit
23    of  Cook  County,  for  election from the various subcircuits
24    until there are 11 resident judges to be elected from each of
25    the  15  subcircuits  (for  a  total  of  165).   A  resident
26    judgeship  authorized  before  the  effective  date  of  this
27    amendatory Act of 1990 that became vacant and was  filled  by
28    appointment  by  the Supreme Court before that effective date
29    shall be filled  by  election  at  the  general  election  in
30    November  of 1992 from the unit of the Circuit of Cook County
31    within Chicago or the unit of that Circuit  outside  Chicago,
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 1    as the case may be, in which the vacancy occurred.
 2        (d)  As  soon  as  practicable  after the subcircuits are
 3    created by law, the Supreme Court shall determine  by  lot  a
 4    numerical order for the 15 subcircuits.  That numerical order
 5    shall be the basis for the order in which resident judgeships
 6    are  assigned  to  the subcircuits.  After the first round of
 7    assignments, the second and all later rounds shall  be  based
 8    on  the  same  numerical order.  Once a resident judgeship is
 9    assigned to a subcircuit, it shall continue to be assigned to
10    that subcircuit for all purposes.
11        (e)  A resident judge elected  from  a  subcircuit  shall
12    continue  to  reside  in that subcircuit as long as he or she
13    holds that office.
14        (f)  It  is  the  responsibility  of  the  Administrative
15    Office of the  Illinois  Courts  to  publicize  vacancies  in
16    subcircuit  judgeships  in  order to ensure a high caliber of
17    judicial candidates  by  increasing  awareness  of  vacancies
18    among  qualified individuals. The Administrative Office shall
19    give public notice of a  subcircuit  judgeship  at  least  60
20    days,  but not more than 70 days, before the beginning of the
21    period in which a person seeking election to  that  judgeship
22    must  file  nominating  petitions  for  the  general  primary
23    election.
24        Public  notice  under this subsection shall consist, at a
25    minimum, of  notice  (i)  placed  in  newspapers  in  general
26    circulation  in  the  area  of  the  circuit,  (ii) placed in
27    newspapers  and  periodicals  of  the  legal  profession   in
28    circulation  in  the  area of the circuit, (iii) given to bar
29    associations and other organizations of the legal  profession
30    serving the area of the circuit, and (iv) given to members of
31    the  General Assembly whose districts are contained wholly or
32    partially within the particular subcircuit. The notice shall,
33    at a minimum,  give  information  concerning  the  subcircuit
34    judgeship  that  is available, any qualifications required by
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 1    law for the office holder, the dates  for  filing  nominating
 2    petitions for the office, and the date of the general primary
 3    election for which the petitions must be filed.
 4        The  Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts may use
 5    additional measures to  promote  awareness  of  vacancies  in
 6    subcircuit judgeships.
 7    (Source: P.A. 86-1478.)

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