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Lake County judicial openings attract 23 hopefuls

Updated: January 16, 2013 1:56AM

A total of 23 candidates have applied for the two associate judge positions available in the 19th Judicial Circuit.

The two vacancies are because Lake County Associate Judge Wallace Dunn retired from the bench Nov. 2. Dunn was appointed associate judge in 1986.

Associate Judge Thomas Schippers was elected a full circuit judge in the Nov. 6 election. Schippers will assume his new role when he is sworn in Dec. 3.

Associate judges serve four-year terms. Circuit judges are elected to serve six-year terms. Circuit judges also deal with administration of the courts and pick the associate judges. The review process for the 23 judicial applicants is underway. Circuit judges will interview the applicants. Lake County Bar Association members also will evaluate the candidates.

Once the reviews are finished, the circuit judge nominating committee will select four candidates from the 23 to be placed on a ballot. Chief Judge Fred Foreman said Friday he hoped this will be completed by Dec. 17.

Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts will put the ballots together and send them back to Lake County circuit judges. That same administrative office will tally the votes and announce the winner.

Foreman said he hoped the newly selected associate judges will take the bench by Jan. 1.

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