Comments on Judicial Candidates Sought

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People who want to express an opinion about the candidates for circuit judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit have one week left.

A Lake County Bar Association committee is accepting comments until Feb. 10.

Associate Judge David Hall and Assistant State's Attorney Claudia Hoogasian are competing for the Republican nomination for the open Lake County circuit judgeship.

Associate Judges Gordon Graham and Maureen McIntrye and Cary attorney John Ridgway are Republican opponents for the McHenry County judge position.

The panel will interview the candidates and publish its evaluations before the primary election, said Cathy Proschwitz, the association's executive director.

"We encourage the general public, as well as our membership, to take part in this process," she said.

Comments must be received by Feb. 10 and should be mailed to the Lake County Bar Association, Judicial Selection and Retention Committee, 7 N. County St., Waukegan, 60085.

Questions can be directed to Proschwitz at (847) 244-3143 or committee Chairwoman Kathleen Ryan at (847) 244-1436.

Special attorney wanted: Matthew Chancey's decision to leave criminal defense work to return to the Lake County state's attorney's office has created an opening for a special conflict public defender.

Conflict public defenders are attorneys in private practice who are appointed to defend indigent clients who cannot be represented by attorneys in the public defender's office due to conflicts of interests, such as in cases where two or more defendants are charged in the same crime. …