Illinois judicial elections
Partisan primaries are held even if one candidate has filed for the position. The general primary occurs on the third Tuesday in March. Unlike many states with contested judicial elections, races in Illinois are regularly contested, often with several candidates running for a seat. The candidate that wins the most votes in the partisan primary advances to the general election to compete against the candidate from the other party.
The winning candidates from each party's primary advance to the general election held on the the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.
At the end of their terms, judges face retention elections. Judges seeking retention are required to file a declaration of candidacy to succeed themselves with the Secretary of State at least six months prior to the general election. The names of the judges seeking retention are then submitted to the electors separately and without party designation, and voters decide whether each judge will be retained for another term. Retention elections are held along with the general elections in the specific district or circuit where the judge is seeking retention. To be retained, judges must receive 3/5 of the vote.
Judicial vacancies occur upon the death, resignation, retirement, removal, or upon the conclusion of a judge's term without retention in office. If an additional appellate or circuit judge position is created by law, the new seat is handled in the same manner as an existing vacancy would be filled.
|Supreme Court||Appellate Court||Circuit Court|
|Retention - 10 year terms||Partisan election and retention - 10 year terms||Partisan election and retention - 6 year terms|
Primary results are not posted on the Illinois State Board of Elections website until an official tally is taken one month following the election.
Check results on IllinoisJudges.net or county elections websites.
- Illinois judicial elections, 2014
- Illinois judicial elections, 2012
- Illinois judicial elections, 2010
- Illinois Supreme Court elections, 2004-2008