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Jones: Laquan McDonald death will not be swept under the rug

jones 030519SPRINGFIELD – Associate judgeships in Cook County circuit court would be converted to resident judgeships under a proposal sponsored by State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago).

Currently, associate judges are not held to the same judicial standard as elected judges. Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson recently released three police officers that covered up the murder of Laquan McDonald.

“The reason I filed this bill is that public officials and judges are making life threatening decisions,” Jones said. “If appointed judges are going to continue making controversial decisions that impact the African-American community negatively, they need to be elected rather than appointed.”

Senate Bill 1428 specifies that the Illinois Supreme Court shall assign appointed judgeships to elected judges in Cook County's 15 subcircuits.

“Laquan McDonald’s death will not be swept under the rug by the police department or judges,” Jones said. “It’s time for a change, and people need to vote on these judges that care more for officers than the African-American community.”

Senate Bill 1428 has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee. 

Senator Emil Jones III


14th District

Years served:
2009 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Licensed Activities (Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Financial Institutions; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: Born May 16th, 1978, in Chicago; son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. and the late Patricia Jones; graduated from Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights; attended Chicago State University and Robert Morris College in Chicago; former administrator at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Associated Representatives:
Robert Rita
Justin Slaughter