Cross-sector Group of Illinois Leaders Selected for 2018 Class of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows


Composed of judges, state representatives, top educators, and other civic leaders, the 2018 class of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows (MFEF) will begin a two-month executive education series at Erikson Institute on August 8. A project of Erikson’s Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA), MFEF brings together leaders in the legislative, judicial, educational, and civic sectors to participate in a dynamic learning experience that provides a comprehensive understanding of the long-term benefits of investing in early child development. The MFEF experience helps participants more effectively lead, intervene, and advocate on behalf of children and families in Illinois ....see more...

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July

O'Gara Gets Highest Rating From Bar Association Poll


Associate Judge John O’Gara has been recommended for election as a Circuit Judge in a poll of attorneys and judges conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association with the highest rating of any candidate in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, and the second highest in the State of Illinois in a contested election. His rating of 96.83 as meeting the requirements of the office compares with 54.40 for his opponent, Paul Evans, who was not recommended for election by the Bar poll.

“Judge O’Gara had a distinguished career as a lawyer, and his service as a judge continues to show his commitment to justice,” said local attorney Russell Scott, who is co- chairing O’Gara’s election for Circuit Judge. “Attorneys and judges throughout the region overwhelmingly recognize and respect his integrity, impartiality, temperament and legal ability. The high ratings in the bar association poll accurately reflect the high regard lawyers and judges have for Judge O’Gara,” added Scott.

According to its website, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) judicial poll is sent to all ISBA members in the circuit a judicial candidate is seeking election. Non-ISBAmember licensed attorneys practicing within or outside the circuit can participate in the judicial poll by requesting a ballot. Attorneys participating in the polls must have professional knowledge of the candidate so they can make an informed evaluation. All ballots are confidential allowing attorneys to give a full, honest assessment of each judicial candidate. Judicial candidates are rated “recommended” or “not recommended” based on whether respondents agree that the candidate meets the requirements of office.

According to its website, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) judicial poll is sent to all ISBA members in the circuit a judicial candidate is seeking election. Non-ISBA member licensed attorneys practicing within or outside the circuit can participate in the judicial poll by requesting a ballot. Attorneys and judges participating in the polls must have professional knowledge of the candidate so they can make an informed evaluation. All ballots are confidential allowing attorneys to give a full, honest assessment of each judicial candidate. Judicial candidates are rated “recommended” or “not recommended” based on whether respondents agree that the candidate meets the requirements of office.

The Illinois State Bar Association is a not-for-profit, voluntary-membership association, composed of more than 30,000 lawyer members. In addition to providing professional services for lawyers, the Association strives to inform the public about the qualifications of candidates for judicial office.

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March