Illinois Election Law: Residency Requirements for Judicial Candidates

In some Illinois jurisdictions, judges are elected in subcircuits. Must a candidate in a judicial subcircuit election reside within the subcircuit? The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that candidates for election as a Corcuit Court judge in a subcircuit must reside in that geographic area at the time he or she submits nominating petitions to the board of elections. So, not only must the candidate reside within the subcircuit in which he/she seeks election, the candidate must also reside within that area when his/her nominating papers are filed with the election authorities. See Goodman v Ward, decided on 3/24/11. If you have a civil or criminal litigation matter please contact Noonan Perillo Ltd. at (847) 244-0111 or (312) 981-0120 to discuss your claim.


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Michael Noonan

Michael K. Noonan
Mike Noonan was born in Lansing, Michigan, on March 3, 1946. He was admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar) in 1974; he was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and appeared before that body in 1979; he was admitted to practice before the 7th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in 2004.

Michael J. Perillo, Jr.

Michael J. Perillo, Jr.
Michael Perillo is in his 30th year of practice as an attorney. He began his career in 1983 as an active-duty JAG Officer in the U.S. Navy. In that capacity, his duties included the prosecution of Courts-Martial. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate (legal counsel) to the Commanding Officer of the Service School Command at Great Lakes, Illinois.