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Anne M. Burke

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Anne M. Burke
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Current Court Information:
Illinois Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Active:   2006-2018
Preceded by:   Mary Ann McMorrow
Past position:   Judge, Appellate Court, First District
Past term:   1995-2006
Past position 2:   Special counsel to the Governor for Child Welfare Services
Past term 2:   1994-1995
Personal History
Born:   2/3/1944
Hometown:   Chicago, IL
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   DePaul University, 1976
Law School:   IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1983

Anne McGlone Burke is a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court, in one of the three Supreme Court seats allotted to the state's First Judicial District--Cook County. Burke was first appointed to the court in 2006; she won election in 2008 to a full ten-year term on the court.[1]


Burke received her B.A. in education from DePaul University in 1976, and in 1983 she received a J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.[1]


Political ties

Justice Burke is married to Alderman Ed Burke of Chicago's 14th Ward. Alderman Burke is chairman of the judicial slating committees of Cook County's Democratic Party.[2]



Burke won election to her seat on the Illinois Supreme Court after running unopposed.[3]

Return of campaign donations

After discovering that she would run unopposed in Illinois's 2008 primary elections (held on February 5, 2008), Justice Burke decided to return a considerable amount of her campaign donations. Funds not returned were slated to be used for other Democratic judicial campaigns.[2]

Chicago and Illinois Bar ratings

The Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association have both given Justice Burke their highest ratings. The Chicago Council of Lawyers noted Justice Burke's "excellent temperament" and her "impressive" list of civic activities but rated her "not qualified" because she didn't have "sufficient experience" to be an appellate court judge.

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Burke received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.55, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.31 that justices received in Illinois. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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