Judge Brim shown the door. Harmon, Lilly, Ford get it done.


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By Jim Bowman


Ill. Courts Commission finally had a Brim-full and gave Judge Cynthia Brim the boot long after she set records for incompetence and erratic, in one case criminal, behavior. Read all about it in today's Chi Trib.  Story per Chi Trib

Congrats to the commission, doing its duty per the state constitution:

The Illinois Courts Commission, composed of one Supreme Court Justice, two Appellate Court Judges, two Circuit Judges and two citizens, has the authority . . . (1) to remove from office, . . . any member of the judiciary for willful misconduct in office, persistent failure to perform his or her duties or other conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice or that brings the judicial office into disrepute; or (2) to . . . retire any member of the judiciary who is physically or mentally unable to perform his or her duties

AND congrats to Oak Park's stalwarts, elected senator and representatives Harmon, Lilly, and Ford for their valliant behind-scenes efforts to send Brim to the showers, no matter how much the Dem Party supported her and 56 other retention-ballot candidates, appearing "way down at the end of the ballot," who had got thumbs-down assessments by the various bar associations.

Don't ask how this blogger knows Harmon, Lilly, and Ford fought tooth and nail for withholding or at least softening the Toni Preckwinkle-led full-throated endorsements of these incompetents, robo-calls and all. He just knows. They are Oak Park's finest, after all, upholding the village's reputation for all that is noble and forthright and good-government-ish. Yay.

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Brian Slowiak from Westchester  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 3:50 PM

@ resident 245: The reason elected officials get involved w/ the Illinois Courts Commission is because elected officials found guilty of offenses get off with lessor sentences. I let your judge keep the unearned pension, you let me go when a jury finds me guilty.

Resident 245  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 3:27 PM

While I'm not sad to see Judge Brim go, why is it appropriate for Ford, Lilly and Harmon to be interfering in the work of the Illinois Courts Commission? If the commission was holding hearings and investigating as it should have done, any outside political influence (for or against Brim) seems wildly inappropriate. The commission exists to act independently of political influence.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 10th, 2014 4:13 PM

I've been following this Judge Brim thing for a while and only in Chicago could we have a sitting judge with a mental disorder that interferes with her work in such a way that she has been found legally insane and still win reelection. Sadly, this is also the only place where anyone would ever be commended for bravery for being willing to stand up to the Chicago Machine in order make the only obvious rational and ethical decision available.

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