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|Current Court Information:|
|Illinois Supreme Court|
|Past position:||Illinois Appellate Court|
|Bachelors:||Virginia Union University, 1954|
|Law School:||John Marshall Law School (Chicago), 1962|
Charles E. Freeman is a judge on the Illinois Supreme Court from the first judicial district of Illinois. He was elected to his position on the court on November 6, 1990, becoming its first African-American justice. He served as chief justice from May 12, 1997 to January 1, 2000.
Freeman's legal career began 1962, in general practice. In 1965, he was appointed to the Illinois Industrial Commission by Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. He served in this capacity until he joined the Illinois Commerce Commission in 1973. Freeman's first served as a judge on the Cook County Circuit Court, a position he held from 1976-1986. Next, he was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court. He served on this court until he was elected to the Supreme Court in 1990.
Freeman now ranks as the senior member of the Illinois Supreme Court after his re-election in November of 2002. While on the court he has shown particular interest in administrative reform and prosecutorial misconduct cases.
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Illinois Judicial Council
- Illinois Judges Association
- American Judges Association
- American Judicature Society
- See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2010
The Chicago Sun Times "unenthusiastically" endorse Kilbride for Freeman to another term. 
Freeman has been recommended for retention by the Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County. 
- Illinois Supreme Court biographical note on Charles E. Freeman
- Historymakers.com biographical note on Charles E. Freeman
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Illinois State Board of Elections: 2010 General Election Results
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Illinois Supreme Court, Charles E. Freeman
- ↑ Biography from Historymakers.com
- ↑ FOX Chicago News: Supreme Court Election Results
- ↑ Chicago Sun Times "Vote 'Yes' for Kilbride; 'No' for 3 other judges", October 20, 2010
- ↑ Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County, "Report on the Judges Seeking Retention on the November 2, 2010 Ballot in Cook County"
|Former||Mary Ann McMorrow • Thomas R. Fitzgerald •|