How do you make any progress in cleaning up a corrupt system when you vot douche-bags out of office only to see them reappointed by their cronies? State Journal-Register: Report: High court restores some defeated judges Several politically connected Illinois judges have been appointed to judgeships after losing elections or dropping out of races, according to a report Sunday. he Illinois Supreme Court appointed seven judges to the Cook County court system after they were rejected by voters, according to a story published Sunday in the Chicago Tribune. Five Democrats who lost in March have been appointed to judicial posts since then. The other two have been appointed in the last six years. It's a controversial practice that the state's highest court has previously vowed to end. However, the newspaper documented several instances of the practice continuing. In one case, an appointed judge gave more than $20,000 to the Cook Country Democratic Party. Others had ties to powerful Chicago Democrats. The high court also reappointed three judges who dropped out of judicial races. So that's a total of ten dumped judges (7 voted out, 3 dropped out of campaigns before they got whomped) that have been returned to office by their cronies. The Illinois Supreme Court admits that the practice is wrong yet continues to do it.