Illinois Judge Sues State Over Retirement Age

Law360, New York (September 13, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An Illinois judge has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's mandatory retirement law, which bans judges from seeking retention to the bench at an “artificial and inherently suspect” cut-off age.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge William D. Maddux, who filed his complaint with the court's chancery division on Wednesday, argues the law, which automatically retires sitting judges at the age of 75, is discriminatory and grossly outdated.

Judge Maddux, who was first appointed to the circuit court in January 1991 and will be 75 when his...
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