To the Editor:
To quote Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Women belong in all places that decisions are being made.” Following in her footsteps are three women running for judicial positions in McHenry County. Each is exceptionally qualified.
Kimberley Crum Klein has tried hundreds of cases at jury and bench trial as a prosecutor, as a criminal defense attorney, and as a family law attorney. Ms. Klein has served as a guardian ad litem in many cases and is a trained mediator.
Elizabeth “Beth” Vonau provided domestic violence training to local law enforcement as an assistant state’s attorney. She helped plan and organize the first Teen Dating Violence Symposium in McHenry County. Conversant in Spanish, Ms. Vonau is able to provide access to justice for those who may otherwise not be fully heard.
Jeannie Ridings has conducted trials and hearings in cases ranging from first-degree murder to routine criminal offenses, high-conflict divorces, custody matters and sexual harassment. To be sure, Ms. Ridings is familiar with women’s issues.
The McHenry County website lists 18 judges, only four of whom are women and none in family court.
A fourth woman, of course, is U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, who shares our values and has worked tirelessly for Illinois families while representing us in the 14th District.
She was successful in having three of her bills signed into law, one of which lowered the cost of insulin. As a health care professional, she brings expertise we need at this critical time.
Each of these candidates’ websites provides their extensive qualifications. Please vote for these women who have more than earned their place where "decisions are being made.”