Thomas Kilbride

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Thomas Kilbride
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Current Court Information:
Illinois Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Position:   Third District
Salary:  $214,000
Service:
Active:   2000-12/12/2014
Chief:   10/26/2010-10/25/2013
Preceded by:   Thomas R. Fitzgerald
Past position:   Attorney, private practice
Past term:   1981-2000
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   St. Mary's College, 1978
Law School:   Antioch School of Law, 1981

Thomas L. Kilbride is a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. He was elected to this court in 2000. Kilbride was retained in 2010.[1][2][3]

Kilbride was chief justice of the court from October 26, 2010, until October 25, 2013. Kilbride succeeded Thomas R. Fitzgerald.[4]

Education

Kilbride received his B.A. from Saint Mary's College, Minnesota, in 1978 and his J.D. from Antioch School of Law in 1981.[5]

Career

Kilbride worked as a lawyer in private practice for twenty years. He was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois for the Third District in 2000.[1]

Elections

2010

Thomas Kilbride was retained with 65.88% of the vote to a new term on the Third District of the Illinois Supreme Court.[6]

According to NPR, this race became the second-highest-grossing judicial retention campaign ever. It was the costliest of the twenty-five years prior.[7][8]

See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2010

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. Kilbride received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.84, 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.[9]

Awards and associations

Awards

  • Award of Excellence in the Judiciary, Illinois State Crime Commission, 2010[10]

Associations

  • Past board member, president and vice-president, Illinois Township Attorneys Association
  • Charter member, Illinois Pro Bono Center
  • Volunteer legal adviser, Community Caring Conference
  • Volunteer legal adviser, Quad City Harvest, Inc.[1]

See also

External links

References

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