Kilbride Bipartisan Legal Community Endorsement Letter

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 COMMITTEE OF LAWYERS AND JUDGES IN SUPPORT OF THE RETENTION OF JUSTICE THOMAS KILBRIDE TO THE ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT 

We are members of the Illinois legal community with diverse backgrounds and differing perspectives. We join together in support of the retention of Justice Thomas Kilbride to the Illinois Supreme Court. Some of us are Republicans, some of us are Democrats, and some of us are unaffiliated with either political party. We have differing views on many legal, social, and political issues. However, we stand united in our firm belief that a strong, fair, and independent judiciary is critical to our rule of law and to our democracy. 

Justice Kilbride has been an honest, fair-minded, hardworking, and devoted member of the Illinois Supreme Court for almost 20 years. While we may agree or disagree with some of his judicial opinions, we totally support his retention in the upcoming November 3 election. In addition to his diligent work on opinions for the Court, Justice Kilbride has been a strong supporter of efforts to improve the legal system in Illinois, to make it fairer and more accessible to the poor and vulnerable in our communities, and to promote the principle that “equal justice under law” is at the core of our legal system. 

Justice Kilbride’s devotion to the rule of law and his well-established commitment to fairness for all litigants warrant his retention on November 3.1


  • Hon. James R. Thompson, former Governor of the State of Illinois (1977-1991); former Chairman and Senior Chairman, Winston & Strawn LLP2
  • Hon. Benjamin K. Miller, retired Justice and former Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court 
  • Hon. Robert R. Thomas, retired Justice and former Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court 
  • Hon. Philip J. Rarick, retired Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court 
  • Hon. P. Scott Neville, Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and candidate for election to the Illinois Supreme Court 2 
  • Hon. Ann Claire Williams, retired Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Jones Day 
  • Hon. Tyrone C. Fahner, former Illinois Attorney General; former Chairman, Mayer Brown 
  • Hon. Wayne Andersen, JAMS ADR; retired Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; retired Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County 
  • Hon. Ruben Castillo, Akerman LLP; retired Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 
  • Hon. James F. Holderman, retired Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 
  • Paula Hudson Holderman, former President of the Illinois State Bar Association 
  • Hon. Mary W. McDade, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court (judicial retention election on November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. Richard C. Schoenstedt, Chief Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County (judicial retention election on November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. J. Jeffrey Allen, Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County (judicial retention election on November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. Paula A. Gomora, Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County (judicial retention election on November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. David L. Vancil, Jr., Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit, Henderson County (judicial retention election on November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. Adrienne W. Albrecht, Circuit Judge, 21st Judicial Circuit, Kankakee County (judicial retention election on November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. Linnea E. Thompson, Circuit Judge, 14th Judicial Circuit, Rock Island County (judicial retention election on November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. John L. McGehee, Circuit Judge, 14th Judicial Circuit, Rock Island County (candidate for election for circuit judge, November 3, 2020) 
  • Hon. Peg McDonnell Breslin, retired Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court 
  • Hon. Warren D. Wolfson, Distinguished Visiting Professor and former Acting Dean, DePaul Law School; retired Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court; retired Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County 3 
  • Hon. Lauretta Higgins Wolfson, retired Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County 
  • Hon. Stephen C. Mathers, retired Circuit Judge and former Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit; former President of the Illinois Judges Association 
  • Hon. Paul L. Mangieri, retired Circuit Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit, Knox County 
  • Hon. Stephen G. Evans, retired Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit, Henderson & Hancock Counties 
  • Hon. Michael J. Kick, retired Chief Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit, Kankakee & Iroquois Counties 
  • Hon. Timothy J. Slavin, retired Circuit Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit, Whiteside County, former President of the Illinois Judges’ Association 
  • Hon. Robert P. Livas, retired Circuit Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County 
  • Hon. Thomas H. Cross, Mahoney Silverman & Cross, former Minority Leader Illinois House of Representatives, Oswego 
  • Hon. Richard Phelan, former President of the Cook County Board of Supervisors; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Hon. Anita Alvarez, Alvarez & Marsal; former State’s Attorney of Cook County; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Dan K. Webb, Co-Executive Chairman, Winston & Strawn LLP 
  • Anton R. Valukas, former Chairman, Jenner & Block LLP 
  • Thomas P. Sullivan, Jenner & Block LLP 
  • J. William Roberts, former Managing Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP 
  • David J. Bradford, Jenner & Block LLP 
  • Jeffrey D. Colman, Jenner & Block LLP 
  • Nancy C. Loeb, Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law 
  • Stephen R. Patton, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; former Corporation Counsel of the City of Chicago 
  • Terri L. Mascherin, Jenner & Block LLP; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 4 
  • Darryl Bradford, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon Corporation 
  • Linda T. Coberly, Chicago Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP 
  • Michael T. Reagan, Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan, former President of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Ottawa 
  • Matthew R. Carter, Winston & Strawn LLP; former law clerk for a Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois 
  • Langdon D. Neal, Principal and Managing Member, Neal & Leroy, LLC 
  • Jeanette Sublett, Partner, Managing Member, Neal & Leroy, LLC 
  • John S. Callas, McCarthy, Callas & Feeney, PC, Rock Island 
  • Adam R. Vaught, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; former Counselor to then-Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride 
  • Gretchen Harris Sperry, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; former President of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association 
  • Stephen F. Pflaum, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP; former President of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association 
  • Joel D. Bertocchi, Akerman, LLP; former Illinois Solicitor General 
  • Sergio E. Acosta, Akerman LLP 
  • Leonard Amari, Amari & Locallo; former President of the Illinois State Bar Association 
  • J. Timothy Eaton, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; former President of the Illinois State Bar Association and former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • George F. Mahoney, Mahoney, Silverman & Cross LLC, former President of the Illinois State Bar Foundation, Joliet 
  • Robert A. Clifford, Clifford Law Offices; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Jennifer Nijman, Nijman Franzetti LLP; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Joseph L. Stone, Consulting Clinical Professor, Loyola Law School; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 5 
  • John J. (“Jack”) Jiganti, Madden, Jiganti, Moore & Sinars LLP; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Thomas A. Demetrio, Corboy & Demetrio; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Michael K. Demetrio, Corboy & Demetrio; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Kevin P. Durkin, Clifford Law Offices; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Joseph A. Power, Jr., Power Rogers, LLP, former President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Larry R. Rogers, Sr., Power Rogers, LLP; former President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Larry R. Rogers, Jr., Power Rogers, LLP; President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Kathryn L. Conway, Power Rogers, LLP; President of the Illinois Women’s Bar Association 
  • William J. Linklater, Baker & McKenzie LLP; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Steven M. Elrod, Elrod Freidman LLP; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Kevin M. Forde, Forde & O’Meara LLP; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Laurel G. Bellows, Bellows Law Group, P.C.; former President of the American Bar Association; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Daniel M. Kotin, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Bruce R. Pfaff, Pfaff, Gill & Ports Ltd. 
  • Martin J. Healy, Jr., Healy Scanlon, former President of the Illinois Trial lawyers Association 
  • Dennis M. Lynch, Healy Scanlon, former President of the Illinois Trial lawyers Association 6 
  • Richard J. Prendergast, Richard J. Prendergast, Ltd.; former President of the Chicago Bar Association 
  • Donald R. Jackson, Attorney at Law; former President of the NAACP of Illinois and former President of the Peoria Branch of the NAACP 
  • Frank L. Nowinski, Katz Nowinski P.C., Rock Island 
  • John F. Doak, Katz Nowinski P.C., Rock Island 
  • Michael J. Warner, Warner & Zimmerle, Rock Island 
  • Daniel Churchill, Churchill & Churchill, P.C., Moline 
  • Robert J. Noe, Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP, Moline 
  • Dennis R. Fox, Califf & Harper, P.C., Moline 
  • Jonathon C. Fox, Califf & Harper, P.C., Moline 
  • Robert H. Alvine, Alvine & Alvine, Moline 
  • Mark W. Schwiebert, Schwiebert Law PC, Rock Island 
  • Ronald E. Boyer, Ronald E. Boyer P.C., Watseka 
  • Lester S. Weinstein, Law Offices of Lester S. Weinstein, P.C., Morrison and Northbrook 
  • Timothy L. Bertschy, retired from Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C.; former President of the Illinois State Bar Association, Peoria 
  • Timothy J. Howard, former President of the Peoria County Bar Association, Peoria 
  • John P. Nicoara, Law Offices of John P. Nicoara, Peoria 
  • James W. Mertes, Merters & Mertes P.C., Sterling 
  • George Black, Black & Black, Morris 
  • J. Dennis Marek, Marek & Meyer Ltd., Kankakee 
  • Larry G. Wharrie, The Wharrie Law Firm, Coal City 
  • John X. Breslin, Attorney at Law, Ottawa, former Deputy Director, State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor 7 
  • Douglas A. Gift, retired from Herbolsheimer, Duncan, Eiten and Hintz, P.C., La Salle 
  • Joshua G. Vincent, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP 
  • David L. Cunningham, Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham LLC, Rock Island 
  • Anne E. Larson, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. 
  • Christopher Bohlen, Barmann Bohlen & Scott, P.C., Kankakee 
  • Dennis J. Barron, Deck & Barron, Kankakee 
  • Jeffery Godin, Godin, Denton & Elliott, P.C., Bourbonnais 
  • Nicholas Elliott, Godin, Denton & Elliott, P.C., Momence 

1 Affiliations are for identification purposes only and do not represent endorsements by the law firms or other entities. Only retired judges or justices may endorse a candidate for retention unless a judge is an active candidate for retention or election. 

2 Justice Kilbride is honored that, prior to his passing, Gov. Thompson approved and joined this letter in support of Justice Kilbride’s retention. 

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A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s
official website ( www.elections.il.gov ) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.