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Top Illinois Court Axes Mandatory Retirement Law for State Judges

Posted Jun 18, 2009 12:58 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Siding with a Chicago judge who challenged a state law that requires jurists to retire at age 75, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled today ruled today (PDF) that the law violates the state constitution and struck it down.

Cook County Circuit Judge William Maddux, who is the presiding judge of the circuit's law division, is the lead plaintiff in the case. Among other arguments, he contended that the law is unfair because it affects only sitting judges rather than, potentially, those elected at age 75 to serve on the bench, according to the Associated Press.

A 2007 Change of Subject blog post in the Chicago Tribune provides a link to his lawsuit (PDF).

Additional coverage:

Chicago Sun-Times: "Never too old to be a judge"

Last updated on June 19 to add link to Sun-Times article.

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