But why is voting important? In Cook County over seventy judges are on the ballot, many to be retained. This is your chance to give voice to what you think is important. And yes there are guides from an array of Bar Associations who are recommending, and in some cases not recommending which judges you should vote for and which judges should be retained, it is a small, and important act for you to do your own research. Some of the judges have been featured in the news for their own legal woes. Some have been featured in the news for how they treat citizens who come to court to watch proceedings. Still others have been featured for their actual rulings.