Chad Beckett for Circuit Judge

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHAD AND THE CAMPAIGN


What position are you running for?

I am running for Circuit Judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Illinois. The 6th Circuit consists of Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt Counties (Click this link for a map of the various Judicial Circuits in Illinois). While some Circuit judges are elected by voters in all six counties, the position I am seeking is determined solely by the voters of Champaign County. If I am elected, I will likely be hearing cases at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana.

I didn't realize that we elect Judges; how does that work?

The process for electing a Circuit Judge is broadly the same as it is for other elected officials in Illinois, with a primary election for established political parties, followed by a general election for the primary winners and any independent candidates who qualify. The Primary Election is June 28, 2022. I am running as a Democrat; I do not have a primary opponent, but hypothetically someone could run as a write-in. Assuming I win, I will face the winner of the Republican primary (most likely Sam Limentato) in the general election on November 8, 2022.

Why are you running?

Our court system needs reasonable minded attorneys with a broad range of legal experience who can appreciate the problems, needs and aspirations of all people who come to court. That's me. With more than 23 years of experience in private practice and a lifetime of involvement in our community, I will bring a broader perspective to the Court than it currently has.

How did this position become vacant?

The Honorable Heidi Ladd announced her retirement from her position as Circuit Judge in January 2020 (Click this link for the press release announcing Judge Ladd's retirement). Under the Illinois Constitution, Judge Ladd's replacement is elected by the citizens who reside in Champaign County.

What are the basic qualifications for Circuit Judge?

To be elected, a Circuit Judge must be over the age of 21, a citizen of the State of Illinois, a resident of the Circuit where the position is open, and licensed to practice law in Illinois.

What is your background?

I was born in Urbana. I have lived in Champaign-Urbana my entire life. I attended grade school in Urbana and Champaign (combination of public and private), then Central High School in Champaign. After graduation, I attended the University of Illinois, double Majoring in History and Speech Communications.

What kind of law do you practice?

I do pretty much everything. I've handled criminal and civil jury trials, bench trials, arbitration proceedings and mediations. I've represented clients in divorce cases, will contests, real estate disputes, complex tort cases in multi district litigation and class action suits. I've resolved personal injury suits, including wrongful death claims and faulty health appliance claims. In over 23 years of general practice, with partners who have also had broad experience in a variety of cases and a dad with some of the highest profile cases around, I've pretty much seen it all. (Click this link to read more about my legal experience)

I thought I read somewhere that Judge Ladd's replacement was already chosen. What is that about?

Since Judge Ladd retired after the 2020 election cycle had already begun, the election to chose her replacement could not be held until November 2022. In the meantime, our State Constitution allowed the Illinois Supreme Court to temporarily appoint someone to fill that vacancy. That is what happened here. Justice Rita Garman (R-Danville) recommended attorney Sam Limentato to her colleagues on the Supreme Court to receive this temporary appointment and the Supreme Court accepted her recommendation. Sam Limentato's temporary appointment ends immediately following the general election this coming November; the candidate chosen by the citizens of Champaign County will be sworn in for a full 6-year term on December 7, 2022.

I've heard that there is another Democratic Candidate for the Circuit Court. Are you running against him?

Ben Dyer is a candidate for the Democratic Primary to replace Jeff Ford, who also retired as Circuit Judge in 2020. I, on the other hand, am seeking to fill the vacancy brought by the retirement of Heidi Ladd. As such, Ben and I are not competing for the same position, and our respective candidacies are not adverse to each other.

Are you running against *anyone* for this position?

I am the Democratic party candidate in this election. I will likely face Republican Candidate, Sam Limentato in the General Election on November 8, 2022.

Have you run for Circuit Judge before?

Yes, I ran for Circuit Judge in 2018. That year, the race covered all six counties of the Circuit, meaning that the voters of DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt AND Champaign Counties chose the winning candidate. I came up short in the first five counties above...but I won Champaign County by a wide margin (Scroll down about 2/3 of the way to see the results). This time around, only Champaign County voters will determine whether I am elected or not.

This website looks a little different than others I've seen...did you do it yourself?

Yes, indeed. One of my jobs when I was in law school was to write webpages for the University of Illinois Office of the Provost. I handle my office's website code, too (I contracted an outside firm to set it up for convenience). What you see may not be very fancy, but it gets the job done. I will probably update the look and feel of the site as we get closer to election day.

This website is a work in progress; I will add content and fix broken links as time allows (I'm typing this at 11:30 at night after a full day of work and a few hours with my family). Feel free to contact me with any errors you find.

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