CANDIDATE FOR THE
CAHILL VACANCY - PUNCH 114
ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT
In 2010, the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project honored Mary with a Profile in Courage Award. Rolando Cruz presented Mary with the honor during a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield.
photo courtesy of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project
Mary has received many accolades for the stand she took in the Cruz case.
Cruz eventually won a new trial and was acquitted. Brian Dugan, the man who alone committed the crime for which Cruz was sentenced to death, eventually plead guilty to killing Jeanine Nicarico. Dugan remains in prison.
In 1998, the Chicago Council of Lawyers presented Mary with a Commitment to Justice Award for her actions in the Cruz case.
Voters for Mary Brigid Hayes formed when family, friends, and neighbors encouraged Mary to fill the Cahill Vacancy, which arose in December 2011. Many volunteers pooled their efforts to collect signatures and get Mary's name on the ballot. Voters from all over Cook County signed Mary's nominating papers. These volunteers deserve to be commended; they collected approximately 5600 signatures in less than three weeks. Voters who took the time to sign, especially during the busy holiday season, also deserve thanks. These efforts are much appreciated.
BAR ASSOCIATION EVALUATIONS:
On January 31, 2012, the Chicago Council of Lawyers found Mary qualified for the Appellate Court.
Also on January 31, 2012, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois found Mary recommended for the Appellate Court.
Also on January 31, 2012, the Decalogue Society of Lawyer recommended Mary for the Appellate Court.
On February 1, 2012, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of illinois found Mary highly qualified to serve on the Appellate Court.
Also on February 1, 2012, the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois rated Mary recommended for the Appellate Court.
On February 2, 2012, the Illinois State Bar Association found Mary qualified to serve as a justice of the Appellate Court.
Also On February 2, 2012, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago found Mary highly recommended for election to the Appellate Court.
On February 8, 2012, the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois found Mary qualified for the office of Appellate Court Justice.
On February 9, 2012, the Chicago Bar Association found Mary qualified to serrve on the Appellate Court.
On February 17, 2012, the Asian American Bar Association found Mary qualified for the Appellate Court.
The evaluation process has not been completed, so check back for updates regarding recommendations.
Voters for Mary Brigid Hayes encourages you to vote for Mary to fill the Cahill Vacancy in the Illinois Appellate Court in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.
Check here for developments in Mary's campaign:
Mary has attended numerous campaign events, including candidates' forums held in February by the Westside NAACP, the New Life Community Church, the League of Women Voters, the Orland Township Democrats, and a forum cosponsored by the Appellate Lawyers Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Mary welcomes these and other opportunities to talk to voters about her qualifications.
On March 11, 2012, Mary, together with many friends and family members, marched in the South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade, a salute Our Veteran's and the St. Xavier Football Champions.
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