Tom Kilbride


Tom Kilbride

Tom Kilbride is an independent, common-sense judge proud to represent the people of the 3rd Judicial District.

"With gratitude to the citizens of the 3rd Judicial District, I humbly ask for your support to allow me to continue the privilege of public service during these extraordinary times,"

said Justice Kilbride.

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Jeanne S. Casey & Mary G. Fitzpatrick Justice for All Award

2018 | Catholic Charities Legal Assistance

Distinguished Hero for Justice Award


2017 | Prairie State Legal Services

Honorable Richard J. Elrod Public Service Award

2017 | Jewish Judges Association of Illinois

Abner J. Mikva Award

2016 | American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Seeker of Justice Award

2016 | Black Bar Association of Will County

Society of Women in Law STAR Award

2015 | The Society of Women in Law

Justice John Paul Stevens Award

2014 | Chicago Bar Association & The Chicago Bar Foundation

Illinois Valley Community College Commencement Speaker


Extraordinary Achievement Award

2013 | Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters

2013 | & Commencement Speaker, Augustana College

Darrel O. Smith President’s Award

2013 | Illinois Probation & Court Services Award

Justice for All Award

2013 | Illinois Judges Foundation

Mary Heftel Hooton Award

2012 | Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

2012 Illinoisan of the Year

2012 | Illinois News Broadcasters Association

Thomas L. Kilbride Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award

2012 | Rock Island County Bar Association & Prairie State Legal Services

President’s Award 2012

2012 | Township Officials of Illinois

Founding Member

2012 | 25-year Anniversary Recognition, Quad Cities Interfaith

Distinguished Service Award

2011 | Public Interest Law Initiative

Advocate for Diversity Award

2011 | Diversity Scholarship Foundation

Pro Bono Committee, Recognition Award

2011 | John Deere & Company

Public Service Award

2011 | Northern Illinois University School of Law, Alumni Council

Northern Illinois University School of Law Commencement Speaker


2011 Appreciation Award

2011 | Asian American Bar Association of Chicago

Hammes Hall of Honor

2010 | Bishop McNamara High School

Judicial Award of Excellence

2010 | Illinois State Crime Commission

Judge of the Year Award

2009 | American board of Trial Advocates Illinois (comprised of equal number of defense & plaintiff attorneys)

Honorary Doctorate in Humanities

2009 | Lewis University

25th Anniversary Recognition Award

2008 | Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois

Freedom Award

2008 | John Marshall Law School Alumni Association

John Peter Altgeld Forum on Law and Public Service

2005 | Speaker, University of Illinois at Springfield

Keynote Speaker, Illinois State Bar Ass’n / Chicago Bar Ass’n Illinois Supreme Court Dinner


Grand Marshal

2003 | St. Patrick’s Day Society of the Quad Cities Parade

Fellows Award for Distinguished Service to Law and Society

2001 | Illinois Bar Foundation

Hall of Fame Award

2000 | Community Caring Conference