PEORIA (HOI) — The Illinois Supreme Court Justice for the Third District is looking to keep his position.
Thomas Kilbride formally launched his retention campaign today, joined by members of the Peoria community representing a range of professions including law, organized labor, and business. To keep the position, the Justice will need at least 60 percent of voters to vote favorably when answering the question on their ballots.
A member of the St. Mary's College class of 1978, Kilbride practiced law for 20 years in Rock Island, after which he was admitted to the United States District Court of Central Illinois and the United States Seventh Circuit Court of appeals. In 2000, he was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois for the Third District, and served as Chief Justice between 2010 and 2013.
Kilbride has received more than 60 awards and honors over the course of his career, including the "Award of Excellence in the Judiciary" from the Illinois State Crime Commission.