April 30, 2006

Hon. Vicki Wright Discussion

Judge Wright recently filed her candidacy petitions in Springfield and provides this account.
Tales from the front of the line

Standing in line to file petitions in Springfield was an experience in democracy. As we waited in line, I thought about how our dedicated volunteers stood in the night beginning their shift at 1:00 a.m. The youngest, Ben, is only 16 and cannot vote. I looked down the line and saw more young faces than old. I felt confident our youth will be ready to lead a nation. They only need direction from those with wrinkles and grey hair as we pass the baton.

I stood there from 4:00 a.m. engaging in both silence and spirited debates. We stood with candidates from the top of the ballot to the bottom, all in the same line and all on a level turf for the moment

I stood next to John Laesch, a young impressive candidate for Congress. He will surprise Dennis Hastert when he sends him home. The men in line called him “Brother John” because that is the way he makes you feel about him. We discussed the war, Congress, the President, the Governor, the future, and we shared with complete strangers our hopes and dreams to make a difference.

I shared my definition of “CRAP-athy” (rhymes with apathy) “Crapathy” develops when the mud slinging by both sides causes the voters to stay away from the polls because they do not care to vote for either candidate.

We learned that the cold and the snow made all of our toes numb regardless of whether we were Democrats or Republicans.

As I waited for the doors to open, I thought about the wealth each person held in their hands, bound at the top with string, and clips, and staples. The confidence of hundreds or thousands of citizens who took the time to shake our hands and sign our petitions, sending us one step closer to realizing our dream to speak from our hearts, offer our reputations, and stand up when others are to afraid to try to make a difference.

I observed that I was the first candidate in my race to walk through the door to file my petitions fighting the dark, the cold, and much fatigue. I was proud of the symbolism. I saw an old soldier, Don Johnston, there because I am sure he enjoyed the optimism in the air like I did.

A woman ahead of me slipped and nearly fell on an icy step after filing her petitions. A gentleman still in line, reached out and caught her, helped her, and kept her from falling. Funny, I thought, neither asked the other’s party affiliation. Both caught in the momentone needing help and the other helping out of a sense of common good. Democracy at its finest.

I came home, after a long day on the campaign trail, and lit a candle and prayed for Peace and for Tookie Williams who was preparing to depart our earth.

Good luck to all the Democratic candidates, including Tom O’Neal and Lance Peterson. Let’s make them proud to come to the polling booth and cast a ballot in both March and November.

From Judge Wright's campaign website:

Judge Wright brings nearly 15 years of judicial experience to this race. On a daily basis for over two decades, she has appeared as a trial attorney or presided as a trial judge in our courtrooms. She has dedicated herself to service to
the public in the counties of the Third Appellate District since graduating from Loyola Law School in 1982.

Judge Wright has served the citizens of Rock Island, Whiteside, Henry and Mercer counties since January of 1991 as an Associate Circuit Court Judge. Typically,
Judge Wright presides approximately six months in Rock Island County and six months in Whiteside County each year. As needed, the Court Administrator rotates Judge
Wright into Henry county and Mercer County.

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At 11/12/2005 3:30 PM, Blogger CountyDemo said...

Vickie seems like a nice person. She is a hrd worker and gets around to a lot of Democrat events. I don't care who wins this race, voters are going to be the winners, as they are all qualified candidates!

At 11/13/2005 11:33 PM, Blogger billyclinton said...

I read somewhere that State Sen. Mike Jacobs and State Rep. Pat Vershoore are supporting Lance Peterson for that appellate judge race.

Lance Peterson is highly qualified and I think has campaigned in Rock Island County something like 25 times already.

Nothing against Vicki Wright or Tom O'Neal, but it's going to take a hard-charging candidate to win this tough district. I think Verschoore and Jacobs are backing the right horse this time.

At 11/14/2005 7:48 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Where's you read that Bill? Just curious. ;-)

At 11/14/2005 10:23 AM, Blogger billyclinton said...

I read that in our local newspaper, the Daily DISPATCH.
It said that Pat Verschoore and Mike Jacobs stood up with Lance Peterson when he announced at the Rock Island County Courthouse a couple months ago. They endorsed him at his announcement.

It was a small article.

At 11/14/2005 11:25 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for that Bill. It must have slipped my attention.

Are you gonna run in '08?

At 11/14/2005 7:09 PM, Blogger billyclinton said...

I might run in 2008, but my legal team is trying to figure out the Constitutional implications and barriers to another run.

There is no doubt that I can pick up some red states and start turning this country into gold again. Under this Administration, everything that should be down (deficits, inflation, crime) is up and everything that should be up (job growth) is down.

I can't wait to get back on that campaign trail.

At 11/14/2005 8:24 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

I would like to read that article, but cannot find the link to it. Does anyone have that link? I would like to see the article.

At 11/14/2005 8:36 PM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

I have met all three candidates, and personally I was most impressed with Lance Peterson. He has been at every single event that I have been to in the last six or so months.

At 11/14/2005 10:37 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Young Dem, care to dig up the link to the article you cited from the Dispatch for our esteemed coleague Dissenter?

I'd like to see it too. Just post it here in comments.

At 11/15/2005 12:13 PM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

I think you are mistaken Dope, BillyClinton cited the article from the Distpatch. If you think that I am BillyClinton, it would seem almost blasphemous to me to claim to be someone as god like as Bill Clinton.

At 11/15/2005 1:43 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Oooops. Sorry about that. I beg your forgiveness.

At 11/16/2005 7:25 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

At last, and thanks to a helpful reader, I've managed to locate what I believe to be the short piece referenced by our illustrious former president, billy clinton, above.

It was published Sept, 8 2005 and was written by Kurt Allemeier.

The URL is:

I quote the entire piece here:

"A circuit court judge and former Grundy County state's attorney has announced his candidacy for a seat being vacated in the Third District Appellate Court.

Lance Peterson, of Morris, who was Grundy County state's attorney until his appointment to the bench in 2001, made his announcement during a four-city swing last week.

He has served in private practice and has experience in both the criminal and civil courts, according to a press release. He also has worked for the Illinois Supreme Court and appellate court.

He is running for the seat that will be vacated with the retirement of appellate court Judge Kent Slater. Judge Peterson has the support of state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan.

The Third District Appellate Court includes Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside and Will counties.

At 11/22/2005 11:35 AM, Blogger swoosh said...

Mike Jacobs was present to support Lance when Lance announced his bid for the Appellate Court on 9/1/05. Let's see what was happening in the world on 9/1/05 when Lance did his four-city tour.
8/31/05 - Nagin offers a startling estimate of New Orleans' death toll: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands," he says. "At first light, the devastation is greater than our worst fears," says Blanco, Louisiana's governor. Looting grows dramatically, with people using a forklift to smash into one pharmacy. Blanco asks the White House to send more help, and New Orleans police are called off search-and-rescue missions to combat out-of-control looting. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt declares a federal health emergency throughout the Gulf Coast, sending in medical supplies and workers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will be at least 30 days or more before New Orleans will be pumped out. Bush authorizes a draw-down from the nation's Strategic Petroleum reserve, as gasoline prices surge above $3 U.S. per gallon and shortages crop up. Five offshore Louisiana oil rigs are reported missing and two more are adrift. An estimated 52,000 people are in Red Cross shelters, with an additional 25,000 in the Superdome, where conditions are worsening by the hour. The first busloads of victims leave the Superdome for the Astrodome in Houston, more than 500 kilometers away. The Pentagon mounts one of the largest search-and-rescue operations in American history, sending in four Navy ships with emergency supplies. Water levels finally stop rising in New Orleans, and engineers work to close a 15-meter gap in a failed floodwall.
9/1/05 - Looting, carjacking and other violence spreads, and the military decides to increase National Guard deployment to 30,000. Outside the New Orleans Convention Center, the sidewalks are packed with people without food, water or medical care, waiting for buses that do not come. Tempers flare. Nagin, the New Orleans mayor, calls the situation critical and issues "a desperate SOS" for more buses. Crowds at the Superdome swell to 30,000, with another 25,000 at the Convention Center. The first buses arrive at the Houston Astrodome. Elsewhere, 76,000 people are in Red Cross shelters. Violence in the region escalates, with rescue boats being stolen by marauders, and shots fired at helicopters that are bringing out hospital patients. Doctors at two New Orleans hospitals plead for help, saying their food, water and power are almost gone. Helicopters evacuate up to 600 patients but an estimated 1,500 others are left behind. The death toll in Mississippi hits 126. Bush asks his father and former President Clinton to lead a fund-raising campaign for victims. Texas agrees to take in 75,000 people, and 600 massive sand bags arrive to help shore up the broken levees of New Orleans.
Anybody think there were better places for these guys to be throwing their support that day?
You have to wonder what's important to Mike and Lance.

At 11/28/2005 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Wright is a great candidate. From the area, smart, tough, I met her last year, and I wish her well.
Judge Wright, go get em...
You have the support of a lot of Mercer County Democrats

At 12/14/2005 11:08 PM, Anonymous highxlr8r said...

I'm sure this isn't going to be read for a while, since there hasn't been much comment recently in this thread, but I have to object to a characterization in the post by "swoosh" above.

To imply that Sen. Jacobs and Judge Peterson were somehow callous to the fallout from Katrina is inappropriate, and is a cheap shot. The reality for anyone who is involved in politics, or any field involving significant travelling, is that events sometimes must go on, despite outside, often terrible, circumstances. There are only so many days on a calendar, and given the size of the 3rd Appellate District, I imagine it is not easy to coordinate.

Further, I doubt that the public was deprived of coverage of Katrina, I know I followed it closely, and it would be detrimental to the public if they were eprived the opportunity to get the information on the endorsements.

Again, just a call for civility.

At 2/11/2006 6:50 PM, Blogger Huntooner said...

I like Vicki a lot and think she's a wonderful judge. Best of luck in your race Judge Wright!

At 2/13/2006 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently spotted Wright for Judge yard signs in the Quad Cities. Good to see.

At 2/27/2006 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see Miss Vickie prayed for Tookie Williams. Give me a break. No matter what your thoughts are on the death penalty, (I am against it for reasons different than most), As an architect of one of the largest criminal enterprises on the west coast and a convicted multiple murderer, Tookie was an excellent example of capital punishment correctly applied. Of course, he did write a childrens book that sold 75 copies, therefore he should not be put to deat for his crimes. This doesn't surprise me though, there is no telling who Vicki Wright will take a shine to in her courtroom and that person will exit her courtroom victorious no matter what the facts show. Of course, she didn't get the nickname "Miss Vicki The Hanging Judge" for nothing either. She is tough on crime, if you are a college kid speeding on the interstate. Now if you are already a convicted criminal you may not fare so bad. I cannot believe she has the gall to run on a "law and order" platform. Unbelievable.

At 3/23/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger Huntooner said...

Congrats to Judge Vicki on her Primary Election win!

Well done!

At 9/26/2006 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vicki Wright is apparently denying that she made the above post in which she says she "lit a candle and prayed" for mass-murdering Tookie Williams.

So, did she write that or not?

At 9/27/2006 1:12 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I've not heard Wright denying this, but don't know really why she would need to.

Saying a prayer for anyone who is about to die is simply a decent act of faith, no matter who it is.

After all, didn't judges always say "God rest his soul" after sentencing someone to be hanged?


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