About 150 supporters of Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste turned out Sunday afternoon at the Levy Center for the kickoff of his campaign for judicial retention in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Jean-Baptiste was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Circuit Court in March to serve out the term of the late Judge Bender. The 9th Subcircuit of Cook County includes all or part of the following communities: Evanston, Golf, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Rogers Park, Skokie, and Wilmette.

Jean-Baptiste served 10 years as an alderman in Evanston. A graduate of Princeton University, Judge Jean-Baptiste has 20 years of legal experience and has been found Qualified or Recommended by all evaluating Bar Associations.

Top: District 202 School Board Member Scott Rochelle, former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton, Jean-Baptiste and 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite at the kickoff event. (Photo by Genie Lemieux-Jordan of Evanston Photographic Service.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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