From Judicial Election to Merit Selection: A Time for Change in Illinois
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This Article focuses on one of the paramount issues surrounding the 1970 Constitution. Illinois' current method of selecting judges by election is compared to selection by appointment. The Article analyzes the quality, accountability and independence of judges under both methods. While finding relatively little difference in quality or accountability under either system, the article concludes that greater judicial independence calls for a change to some form of appointive merit selection.