To the Editor:
As you may know, there are two types of judges at the county level: Circuit judges, who are elected by citizens, and associate judges, who are appointed by the circuit judges to four-year terms. When we vote for circuit judge, we can ensure that our community has a judiciary with a high level of experience, integrity, and merit.
I have known Judge Hansen for over 11 years. I am familiar with his work as a municipal prosecutor, as a civil litigator, as a defense attorney, as a real estate attorney, and now as a judge. It is exactly because of this familiarity with his work that I am supporting him.
He cared about his clients when he was a private attorney. He cares about the litigants before him as a judge. He worked to understand the applicable law as a private attorney, and he works to apply the correct statutes or precedent as a judge.
I know him to be a hard worker, whether advocating for his clients or preparing for the cases on his docket. I have seen him in court representing his clients and I have seen him in court presiding over cases.
The intelligent, conscientious, and diligent lawyer has now become an intelligent, conscientious, and diligent judge.
But do not just take my word for it. In a recent survey of attorneys who indicated that they were familiar with his work, Judge Hansen compiled great scores in integrity, impartiality, legal ability, court management and temperament.
Please see for yourself at the Illinois State Bar Association website. Search for judicial evaluations.
Join me in supporting Judge Hansen and please vote for him on Nov. 3.