IL Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court is the state’s highest court and has administrative and supervisory authority over the state’s trial courts, one appellate court with five districts, and several supporting units. Justices are elected in partisan elections for 10-year terms and may be retained in office for additional terms of 10 years. A chief justice is elected by the other justices for a term of three years.


Navigating judicial ratings can be daunting. To help voters elect and retain qualified judges, 13 local and state bar associations have comprehensively reviewed and assessed judicial candidates in a nonpartisan manner. WTTW News simplified those evaluations to help you make informed decisions at the polls.

In the below table, we condensed the ratings to note whether candidates were unanimously determined to be qualified, unanimously determined to be unqualified or received mixed ratings. The associations take a variety of approaches to rating descriptions. Hover/tap an icon to see the exact ratings from each bar association with their own rating designations noted.

1st District

Jesse G. Reyes


“I bring an ability to identify problems and find solutions to the problems. I bring to the position diversity of experience, diversity of practice, and diversity of perspective.”

Joy Virginia Cunningham

Incumbent Democrat

“I believe my experience and comprehensive service to the court system makes me the most qualified candidate to continue my service to the people of Illinois as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court.”

Judge OverallJudicial candidates are rated by the Alliance members based on detailed information supplied by candidates, a background check by trained lawyers/investigators, and interviews of each candidate. Ratings reflect the Alliance’s opinion of whether candidates have the necessary qualifications for judicial service or ascension to a higher office and are not a reflection of the candidates’ abilities as lawyers or judges. AABARArab American Bar Association AABAAsian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area BMLABlack Men Lawyers’ Association BWLABlack Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago CCLChicago Council of Lawyers CCBACook County Bar Association DSLDecalogue Society of Lawyers HBAHellenic Bar Association of Illinois HLAIHispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois ISBAIllinois State Bar Association LAGBACChicago’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association PRBAPuerto Rican Bar Association WBAIWomen’s Bar Association of Illinois
Jesse G. ReyesQualifiedRecommendedRecommendedRecommendedRecommendedQualifiedRecommendedRecommendedRecommendedHighly RecommendedHighly QualifiedRecommendedHighly RecommendedRecommended
Joy Virginia CunninghamQualifiedRecommendedRecommendedRecommendedRecommendedWell QualifiedHighly RecommendedRecommendedRecommendedQualifiedHighly QualifiedHighly RecommendedHighly RecommendedHighly Recommended

4th District

Lisa Holder White


On July 7, 2022, Justice Lisa Holder White was sworn in as a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

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