To The Editor:
As a longtime lawyer here in McHenry County, I am very aware that what happens in the courtroom up in Woodstock that handles small claims/eviction cases is very important, because the nature of those cases is such that the defendants in almost all of those cases are lay people representing themselves.
And because relatively significant amounts of money can be at stake, or the issue of eviction hangs in the balance, the cases can have a significant impact on the people involved in those cases.
Because of that significance, and because of the very high volume of the cases in that courtroom, it takes a very good judge to be able to handle that courtroom and the cases well and fairly.
For many years, McHenry County citizens were blessed to have the Honorable John Bolger preside over that courtroom, and he did a magnificent job, setting a very high standard for all those who follow him after his retirement last year.
Now, Judge Joel Berg has been assigned to that courtroom, and I have every confidence that he will uphold the high standards of Judge Bolger. Judge Berg has proven himself over the years to be an excellent jurist, earning the respect of the attorneys who have appeared in front of him in his prior assignments.
The good people of McHenry County should feel very good about Judge Berg being assigned to this very important courtroom.
Thomas J. Popovich