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A Cook County judge put two Lake County candidates and a third contender from McHenry County back in the election for a 10-year term on the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday, in time to get ballots printed for the June 28 primary.

Judge Maureen Hannon ordered three candidates — two Republicans and one Democrat — reinstated on the July 29 primary ballot for the Second District after a virtual hearing Thursday in Chicago. They were removed April 21 by the Illinois State Board of Elections.


With early voting scheduled to start next Thursday, the ruling came in time to get ballots printed for both in-person voting and voting by mail. Ballots can first be mailed next Thursday. Lake County Clerk Robin O’Connor said ballots will be printed in accordance with court rulings.

“At this point in time, we are planning to have the ballots printed on time, but are waiting for certifications from the Illinois State Board of Elections,” O’Connor said Friday. “We operate on the laws given to us.”


Former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran of Libertyville and Second District Illinois Appellate Court Judge Susan Hutchinson of Crystal Lake were returned to the four-way race for the Republican nomination, rejoining Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes of Libertyville and Kane County Judge John Noverini.

Back in the Democratic primary is Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rodkin Rotering. She now faces Kane County Judge Rene Cruz and Lake County Judge Elizabeth Rochford of Lake Forest for their party’s nod.

Should one of the objectors appeal Hannon’s running, O’Connor said she would work with the clerks in the other four counties — McHenry, Kane, DeKalb and Kendall — in the Second District to determine what steps to take.

Those seeking to remove Roteirng, Hutchinson and Curran from the ballot contended they did not have enough signatures on their petitions. Ed Mullen, an attorney for Rotering, said since the district is newly created, state law requires 334.

“Ballot access is a substantial right in Illinois, not only for candidates, but for all voters to have choices. This decision gives voters in the Second Judicial District a real choice in the primary election,” Mullen said in an email after the hearing.

John Fogarty, the attorney for one of the objectors, said in the hearing the number of signatures should be based on a percentage of people who voted in the 2018 primary in each of the five counties comprising the district.

Hannon wrote in her order the election board’s candidate guide gave specific numbers of signatures necessary for the Republican and Democratic contestants.

“The Court adopts the reasoning of the Candidates and the Candidate’s Guide with respect to the interpretation of (state law) and is bound by the state precedent favoring ballot access,” Hannon wrote in her order.


A pair of judicial races were also added to the ballot two weeks ago when the Illinois Supreme Court certified contests for the First and Second sub circuits of the Lake County Court April 28.

Chris Ditton of Grayslake is unopposed in the Democratic primary for the First Subcircuit and Rod Drobinsky of Wauconda has no opponent in the Republican primary. They will face each other in the Nov. 8 general election. The area includes much of northwestern Lake County.

In the Second Subcircuit, which includes parts of Highland Park, Deerfield, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Highwood and Bannockburn, Sharmila Manak of Highland Park is the sole Democratic candidate. There is no Republican contender.