Doubek: Evaluating the State Supreme Court Candidate and Other Judges Remains a Tough Task

The retention of an Illinois Supreme Court justice is one of the lowest-profile for a high-powered position.

One of the most significant votes you’ll be casting this election season is for someone running to serve again on the Illinois Supreme Court. It’s a safe bet you’ve heard nothing about it.

It’s the lowest-profile election for one of the highest offices in Illinois.

Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke is running to be retained for a 10-year term from the First District, which covers all of Cook County. During another term, it’s possible Burke, a Chicago Democrat, could very well rule on constitutional cases involving a change from a flat income tax system to graduated income taxes that would set different rates for different income brackets. She and other justices also could be asked to rule on other important topics like redistricting reform, pension changes and term limits, to name a few.

Read the rest of Madeleine Doubek's column at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Madeleine Doubek

Madeleine Doubek is an award-winning journalist who spent 32 years covering local and state government and politics. She previously served as publisher of Reboot Illinois. She has won several regional and national journalism awards during her career.