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Russell W. Hartigan
Russell W. Hartigan
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, of Western Springs, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, has been elected third vice president of the Illinois State Bar Association. He will serve a one-year term in each of the three vice presidential offices and become president of the 32,000-member organization in June 2017.

Judge Hartigan, who will be the first sitting judge in at least 40 years to become ISBA president, previously served 12 years on the ISBA Board of Governors and held positions of board secretary and treasurer. An ISBA member since 1976, he served on its 203-member Assembly for nine years and has been active on numerous committees. He is active on the ISBA Civil Practice Committee where he speaks on and writes about topics in civil law. A Fellow and board member for 10 years of the Illinois Bar Foundation, he is a member of its Lawyers Care Fund.  

Appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in October 2010, Judge Hartigan was elected to a six-year term in March 2012 and currently serves in the Fifth Municipal District in Bridgeview. He was a founding partner in the Chicago law firm of Hartigan & O’Connor, P.C., which concentrates in civil litigation, municipal, personal injury and real estate. He is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, which requires a minimum of 30 trials for acceptance.

All ISBA members with their dues paid by March 1, 2014 are eligible to vote for contested races in their area. All eligible voting members may vote for Third Vice President; members with voting addresses in Cook County may also vote for Board of Governors, Under Age 37 Cook County. 

Competing in this years contested races are Russell Hartigan and David Sosin for 3rd Vice President and Dennis Lynch and Anna Krolikowska for the Under 37 Board of Governors seat for Cook County.

Voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT Wednesday, April 30th. Paper ballots must be received at VR Election Services in Texas by 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 30 in order to be counted.

If you have not received your e-ballot, please check your email spam folder under the suffix "vres.us”.  If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, or if you received an electronic ballot and want to vote by paper ballot, please contact VRES at (800) 218-4026 or custserv@vres.us.

Election results will be provided by the Tellers of the Election no later than May 10, 2014.

All members with their dues paid by March 1, 2014 are eligible to vote for contested races in their area.  All eligible voting members may vote for Third Vice President; members with voting addresses in Cook County may also vote for Board of Governors, Under Age 37 Cook County.  

Ballots were distributed Friday, March 28, 2014
ISBA's election provider VR Election Services (VRES) emailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid email addresses on Friday, March 28, 2014.  

If you have not received your e-ballot, please check your email spam folder under the suffix "vres.us”.  If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, or if you received an electronic ballot and want to vote by paper ballot, please contact VRES at (800) 218-4026 or custserv@vres.us. The last day to request a paper ballot is Tuesday, April 15.

Voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT Wednesday, April 30th.  Paper ballots must be received at VR Election Services in Texas by 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 30 in order to be counted.
 
Election results will be provided by the Tellers of the Election no later than May 10, 2014.  
 
Sincerely,
     
Robert E. Craghead
Executive Director

(N.B.: Pursuant to the Policy and Procedures for Election approved by the ISBA Assembly, in those instances where there are more candidates than positions to be filed, nominees are listed on the ballot by the date of filing.  Where two or more people filed on the same day, ballot positions were determined by lot.  Ballot positions are listed next to the candidates’ names.)

For Third Vice-President – 1 to be elected

  • Russell W. Hartigan        (1)
  • David B. Sosin        (2)

The Illinois State Bar Association will hold its annual election in March 2014. Campaign season began on Oct. 1 for open ISBA seats including the office of 3rd Vice President, 5 seats on the Board of Governors and 22 Cook County seats on the Assembly.

The notice of election is now available.

Find out more at http://www.isba.org/elections

Durkin, Enright, Gamrath, Sosin, Duignan and Rochford win contested Board races

Vincent F. Cornelius
Vincent F. Cornelius
Vincent F. Cornelius has been elected third vice president of the Illinois State Bar Association. He will serve one year in each of three vice presidential offices and then become president of the statewide organization in 2016.  Cornelius is the principal of The Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, with offices in Wheaton and Joliet, where he concentrates in civil and criminal litigation.

Cornelius, who will become the ISBA’s first African-American president, was appointed in June 2011 as an At-large member of the ISBA Board of Governors.  The at large position was established to provide leadership opportunities under-represented segments of the association and its governance.  He was first elected to the Board of Governors in 1999 as a downstate Under Age 37 member.  

Cornelius was an associate with the law firm of James D. Montgomery and Associates, the predecessor firm of Cochran and Montgomery in Chicago, where he practiced in the areas of civil and criminal litigation.  He is also a former DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney. Vince was president of the Illinois Bar Foundation from 2008-2010, he has served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Law Reform, and as Chancellor of the ISBA’s Academy of Illinois Lawyers.

Cornelius received his law degree in 1989 from Northern Illinois University College of Law, in DeKalb, and his B.B.A. in 1986 from the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, where he was an Academic All American.

Vincent Cornelius
Vincent Cornelius
Here is the Tellers report for the 2013 ISBA election:

CONTESTED RACES (winners in bold)

Third Vice-President – 1 to be elected

  • Vincent F. Cornelius, Wheaton   2,016
  • Carl R. Draper, Springfield           1,592

Board of Governors – Cook County – 4 to be elected

  • Deane Beth Brown, Chicago                  434   
  • Al Durkin, Chicago                              599   
  • Karen McNulty Enright, Chicago           731   
  • Celia Gamrath, Chicago                       851   
  • Mark L. Karno, Chicago                         416             
  • Pamela J. Kuzniar, Chicago                    372   
  • Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Wilmette      464       
  • Timothy E. Moran, Chicago                             439   
  • J. Damian Ortiz, Chicago                       343
  • David Sosin, Orland Park                     567   

Board of Governors – Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19 and 22) – 1 to be elected

  • Cheri N. Greenlee, Rockford                  108
  • Elizabeth M. Rochford, Lake Forest       150
  • Mark W. Simons, Waukegan                    50

The last day to vote in the ISBA election is tomorrow, April 30. VR Election Services, ISBA’s election provider, has e-mailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without email addresses. If you haven’t received your e-ballot, please check your email spam under the suffix vres.us. If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, or if you received an electronic ballot and want to vote by paper ballot, please contact VRES at (800) 218-4026 or by email at custserv@vres.us.

Online voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, April 30th. Paper ballots must be received at VR Election Services in Texas by 4:30 p.m. CT on Monday, April 29, in order to be counted.

View candidate bios at www.isba.org/elections/bios

VR Election Services, ISBA’s election provider, has e-mailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without email addresses. If you haven’t received your e-ballot, please check your email spam under the suffix vres.us. If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, or if you received an electronic ballot and want to vote by paper ballot, please contact VRES at (800) 218-4026 or by email at custserv@vres.us. The last day to request a paper ballot is Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

VR Election Services, ISBA’s election provider, has e-mailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without email addresses. If you haven’t received your e-ballot, please check your email spam under the suffix vres.us. If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, or if you received an electronic ballot and want to vote by paper ballot, please contact VRES at (800) 218-4026 or by email at custserv@vres.us. The last day to request a paper ballot is Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Online voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, April 30th. Paper ballots must be received at VR Election Services in Texas by 4:30 p.m. CT on Monday, April 30, 2013  in order to be counted.

The Tellers of the Election will complete the Canvass of the Election no later than May 6, 2013 .

All members with their dues paid by March 1st are eligible to vote if there is a contested race in their area. The contested races in the 2013 Election are: 3rd Vice President; Board of Governors: Cook County, Area 2, Under 37 Cook County; Assembly: Circuits 7 and 16.

View candidate bios at www.isba.org/elections/bios