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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride – Working for You
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride is an independent, thoughtful, common-
As a judge, Kilbride has vigorously defended collective bargaining, protected worker’s rights, and preserved pension benefits from those seeking to shortchange working men and women. He believes every voice should be heard, and during his time as Chief Justice he worked to increase public access to the court system, accelerating the court’s use of digital and video technology to improve transparency and improve efficiency. He was instrumental in forming the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, which makes the courthouse accessible to people who cannot afford a lawyer, including the use of technology to allow people to appear in court by phone or video rather than in person so they don’t have to take a day off work. Kilbride also has a strong record of protecting crime victims, especially children. In 2020, he authored the majority opinion on a case that upheld barring child sex offenders from visiting public parks in Illinois. And when an accused sexual predator attempted to force a physical examination of a 3-
The Illinois State Crime Commission has honored Kilbride with its prestigious Award of Excellence in the Judiciary. Since 2000, he has received more than 60 awards and honors that reflect his commitment to justice, hard work and community. Kilbride, whose wife Mary teaches mathematics at Augustana College, is the proud father of three adult daughters. A graduate of Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee and St. Mary’s College, Kilbride earned his Juris Doctor from Antioch School of Law in 1981. He also earned an honorary degree from Lewis University in Will County.