If you thought the corruption case against Ald. Edward Burke, 14th sent quakes through the Chicago mayoral race, you might want to keep an eye on that seismic scale. The aftershocks are vibrating deep into the 2020 election cycle, including an Illinois Supreme Court race that might be the first in decades to unfold free of Burke’s dainty fingertips.
With Burke no longer serving as the Cook County Democratic Party’s judicial slating sultan, and with more ward and township committeemen emboldened to break free of machine-style politics, the smoke-filled room and political donation-driven candidate slating process could get a bath. The party might actually slate judicial candidates, starting later this month, based on their qualifications, not their connections.