Judge Clare J. Quish: paid $1,500 to convicted in bribes Ald. Isaak Carothers for campaign consulting

In an order entered yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Clare J. Quish, a partner at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, to the countywide vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michelle D. Jordan. Quish’s appointment is effective June 28 and will terminate on December 3, 2018; which  appears to be  a typical Illinois “bait and switch” scam with judicial elections; and sales of jobs to preferred cronies.


One of Judge Clare J. Quish election consultants was convicted in bribes Ald. Isaak Carothers, who acting under glimpse of  “Senior Wizdom Consulting” (a non-existing in IL Company which is operated from  Carother’s own home) received  whom Quish  $1,500.00 on February 27, 2018.


Carothers services

If you want to bribe someone, there are only a couple of ways to do this that would not trigger the red flags that are built into the banking infrastructure. One way would be to give someone a big envelope stuffed with cash. Brian Mulroney, a former Prime Minister of Canada, was caught red handed receiving such a bounty and a scandal ensued. (Source)The other way is through a “loan.” The mechanism is simply and virtually opaque—Mr. X takes out a loan, such as a mortgage and Mr. Y pays it back. There are no banking flags to trigger and no embarrassing wads of cash, a la Mulroney, to explain.Carothers mortgages

Clare Quish is a lawyer from a well-connected family.

Her uncle,Judge James Patrick McCarthy is currently sitting in the Law Division, where his brother John T. McCarthy, former chair of clout-heavy law Firm Bell Boyd &Lloyd, regularly appears. In 2009 BB&L merged with well-connected  K&L Gates.  Some lawyers from BBL, like  James Daley, a distant cousin to the retired mayor, with lower-margin public clients like the Chicago Transit Authority,  joined Schuyler Roche & Crisham P.C.. 

In 1994 Judge James P. McCarthy lost his judicial election, but somehow found his way to the bench.


In 2016 Judge McCarthy was not recommended for voters by a large group of lawyers. Yet, he managed to maintain his position of public Trust.

According to public records, 272 lawyers applied for this judicial position and paid $40,000.00 just to be slotted. Which means that IL Supreme Court and Board of Elections received  minimum $10,800,000.00 from lawyers who were  thinking that they are honestly compete for this judicial job opening.

But the seat went to Justice Theis’ former Law Clerk, Clare Quish from a wealthy well-connected family*, who was also on  IL Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness. According to Clare Quish, she will  restore public confidence in justice.


In her youtube interviews, Clare Quish never mentioned her beneficial connections to IL voters; and did not disclosed that she is the  second partner from Schuyler, Roche & Crisham’s law Firm appointed by Justice Theis; and her second Law Clerk in this Court.

The first one was Judge Jean M. Prendergast Rooney, who also clerked for Theis in Appeal Court. Rooney was from a  well-connected  bankers, lawyers, realtors family who donated substantial amounts of money for well-connected  Justice  Theis’ election.

Both Justice Theis’ clerks -Claire Quish, Jean Prendergast and their employer Schuyler, Roche& Crisham donated substantial amounts of money for Justice Theis election.



Claire Quish also donated substantial amounts of money $40,200.00, to IL Democratic Party (aka Mr. Michael Madigan)

A 2000 graduate of Loyola University School of Law, where Justice Theis is a mentor,  Quish began her legal career as a law clerk to then-Appellate Court Justice Mary Jane Theis. In the 2004-05 school year, Quish was an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Loyola. Judge Jane Prendergast Rooney also  graduated from Loyola.

Both of these appointments were made at the recommendation of Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis who always  welcomes to the bench generous, well-connected  cronies from Supreme Court’s famous  “Family and Friends Club”.

While IL Supreme Court carefully avoided to mention Clare Quish’s  connections with Justice Theis, Quish posted them on her election page, and even accompanied by pictures where Justice Theis takes a judicial oath from her second former law clerk after cheating 272 lawyers of fair election.

*Clare Quish is very  likely a daughter to Dr. Thomas Quish, Cardiologist from Winnetka

Public comments posted on http://leyhane.blogspot.com/2016/06/quish-appointed-to-circuit-court-bench.html


Anonymous said…
So it happens again. This time, I for one am again happy that I applied for the countywide Jordan vacancy and was NOT selected. Why you ask? Well, because in past years I thought I had a shot. I thought my judicial references mattered. I thought my bar evaluations mattered. I thought my answers to the ridiculous essay questions mattered. I thought my clean ARDC record mattered. I thought how many bench and jury trials mattered. I thought opinions of opposing counsel mattered. They do not.

I have come to learn they really do not carry as much weight as the one factor that really does matter: BEING THE INSIDER. Even at this level. Even though this Supreme Court Judge set up a bipartisan blue ribbon screening committee in an effort to demonstrate transparency in her process, being the insider is all that matters. Her process has given us a judge who, as an attorney, was actually sitting on the Justice’s screening committee. Now, after presumingly months of painstakingly reviewing applications from all four far away corners of the county, and everywhere in between, the blue ribbon committee rubber stamps, and the Justice, in her supreme wisdom and fairness, settles on her former law clerk. Yes, her former law clerk. Let that soak in for awhile.

Getting back around to why I am happy I was not selected for this vacancy. This appointment demonstrates to me that I, and most likely most of you as well, will never be selected for a judicial vacancy in Cook County. Unless of course you are an INSIDER. Which I, and most of you, are not. Political or otherwise. We are saved a ton of needless future work. No need to labor over applications for future vacancies. No need to anxiously wait for the letter or phone call that never comes. I am done.

So, no sour grapes here. I want to end on a positive note. My most sincere congratulations to new Judge Quish. I will be the one you are looking down at from the bench in traffic court in a few weeks. Congratulations to the blue ribbon selection committee, especially co-chairs Justice Gallagher and Judge Anderson. Well done boys. And Congratulations to Justice Theis. Very well done Justice. Another outstanding job.

The Guy Nobody Sent

Anonymous said…

So, Mary Jane Theis appointed her law clerk to an open spot on the court. Hmmm. I wonder if anyone else was ever in the running for this plum assignment? Yeah, I didn’t think so. And please, no comments about the “committee” and the “interview” process. Not when the former law clerk comes out on top. Family and friends plan yet again. Shameless. As always, E.P.

I do not think that Quish should be excluded form the judicial vacancy selection process just because she is a former law clerk of the Supreme Court Justice that selected her. I also believe that a Supreme Court Justice has the authority to appoint whomever they damn well want to appoint to fill a vacancy. Justice Freeman, as far as I know, does not employee an application process or “blue ribbon selection committee” to guide him in filling judicial vacancies. Several years ago he appointed his former law clerk to a judicial vacancy. For doing so he took some heat in the press but thereafter continued his (for lack of a better word) private process of selecting appointees to fill vacancies. I respect that.

In addition to being the Justice’s former law clerk, Quish also serves on a Supreme Court Committee. It is not unreasonable to think that Quish expressed her interest in becoming a Judge to her former boss. In fact, why wouldn’t she? Further speculating, it is not unreasonable to believe that Justice Theis was well aware that Quish was interested in the Bench. That being said, I find it outrageous that Justice Theis employed the “blue ribbon selection committee” in filling the Jordan vacancy with Quish. It is just stupid and it gives more than the appearance of impropriety. Moreover, everyone else that applied must feel that by appointing Quish they were slapped in the face. The Theis selection process, with respect to this vacancy anyway, looks like a total sham.

My unsolicited advise to Justice Theis is just appoint (as E.P. says) the “friends and family” absent the fake dog and pony show blue ribbon selection committee. No fluffy press releases telling us how great Quish or before her, Conlon, are. You can do that Justice, you are a Supreme. Then, every once in a while, have a real honest to goodness competition using your selection committee. Make it fair and honest.

And if Quish was not enough, please do not get me started on the Mikva appointment to the Appellate Court. If the Mikva name sounds familiar to anyone with respect to Democratic Politics, it should.

I score these two Theis appointments: “Friends and Family” 2 “Outsides” 0 And the game is called because a flash flood of good old Cook County Patronage has overtaken the playing field.

Anonymous said…

Black lady that reads is reporting in. I agree with the previous comments. Based on what I read, Ms. Quish is qualified. But so are many others and it seems that although many may be equal, some are more equal than others. Sound familiar?

Anonymous said…

Hi Jack,

I’m sure you would post it soon but just wanted to let you know that Justice Theis is accepting applications for vacancies in the 3rd and 10th subcircuits.