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Thomas L. Kilbride

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Tom Kilbride
Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois for the Third District
Assumed office
December 1, 2000
Preceded byJames D. Heiple
Personal details
Thomas L. Kilbride

(1953-08-05) August 5, 1953 (age 65)
LaSalle, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Alma materSt. Mary's College (B.A.)
Antioch School of Law (J.D.)

Thomas L. Kilbride (born August 5, 1953) is an American judge currently serving on the Supreme Court of Illinois. Kilbride served as Chief Justice of the court from October 2010 through October 25, 2013.[2] He was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court Justice for the Third District in 2000 and elected Chief Justice by his colleagues in October 2010[3] for a three-year term.

Early life and education

Kilbride was born in LaSalle, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota in 1978 and received his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC, in 1981.[4][3]


Kilbride practiced law for 20 years in Rock Island, Illinois, engaging in the general practice of law, including environmental law, labor law, employment matters, appeals, and other general civil and criminal matters. He was admitted to practice in the United States District Court of Central Illinois and the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.[4]

He was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois for the Third District in 2000 defeating state legislator Carl Hawkinson of Galesburg to succeed Republican James Heiple after Heiple decided not to seek retention.[5] He was sworn in on December 1, 2000.[6]

Justice Kilbride is a past board member, past president and past vice-president of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association, a past volunteer lawyer and charter member of the Illinois Pro Bono Center, and a member of the Illinois State Bar and Rock Island County Bar Associations. He has served as volunteer legal advisor for the Community Caring Conference, the charter chairman of the Quad Cities Interfaith Sponsoring committee, volunteer legal advisor to Quad City Harvest, Inc., and a past member of the Rock Island Human Relations Commission.[4]

As of October 2012, he is continuing to promote a 2012 movement (that he and others spearheaded) to place cameras in the Illinois state circuit courts; 23 out of 102 Illinois counties are participating to some extent. He also spearheaded a pilot program to promote electronically filing legal documents to the court, a cost and time saving process.


  1. ^ Becker, Robert (November 9, 2000). "Rating of Judges Largely Unheeded by Most Voters". Chicago Tribune – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Kirk (October 31, 2013). "What We Can Learn From Ill.'s Kilbride Court".
  3. ^ a b Thomas L. Kilbride at Illinois Courts
  4. ^ a b c White, Jesse (ed.). "Judicial Branch". Illinois Blue Book 2001-2002. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Secretary of State. p. 167. ASIN B000H42WEG.
  5. ^ Long, Ray (November 2, 2000). "Court Race Takes on Partisan Flavor". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Becker, Robert (December 2, 2000). "It's Official: November 7th Winners Sworn In, Begin Their Terms". Chicago Tribune – via ProQuest.

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
James D. Heiple
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois
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