Richard Cooke is the only judicial candidate running in Cook County not accepting campaign donations.
Here is an excerpt from the blog “For What It’s Worth”, the leading online source for Cook County Judges and Judicial elections explaining why Richard made this decision:
The independence and impartiality of the judiciary is of vital import to continued public confidence in our courts. Many serious observers are worried about the potentially corrupting influence of money in electoral politics and particularly in judicial elections. Raising campaign funds makes a lot of potential judicial candidates uneasy. So it’s tempting to stop the story right here — with a candidate (Richard Cooke) who has SPECTACULARLY demonstrated an ability to avoid the whole troublesome question of fundraising.
Posted by Jack Leyhane – June 2015
As a judge, no attorney or litigant shall ever appear before Richard that has ever donated money to his election campaign!