Opinion No. 96-12
July 16, 1996
TOPIC: Judge attendance at a political dinner with spouse who is a candidate
DIGEST: A judge may attend political gatherings and may buy tickets for such
REFERENCES: Illinois Supreme Court Rule 67B of the Code of Judicial
Conduct, Canon 7 (145 Ill.2d R. 67); Illinois Judicial Ethics Opinion No. 94-21.
The spouse of a judge is running for Sheriff and is having a fund-raising
function which the judge is invited to attend.
May a judge attend a political function for spouse who is running for
Since the amendment of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 67, effective August 6,
1993, judges are expressly permitted to attend political gatherings. The
relationship of the judge to the candidate is irrelevant to the ethical issue.
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 67B(1)(a)(i) provides:
1. A judge or candidate may, except as prohibited by law:
a. at any time
i. purchase tickets for and attend
Pursuant to this Amended Rule, the judge is permitted to attend the spouse's
political dinner. The judge is also permitted by the Rules to buy tickets to the
dinner, and may even be introduced. (See IJEC Opinion No. 94-21)