OCTOBER 19, 2010
Kilbride Has Raised More Than $2 Million For Retention Effort
(ICJL News Update, October 19, 2010)
JUSTPAC Lags As Trial Lawyers Write Large Checks
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride has raised more than $2 million in his effort to seek retention to a second ten-year term that would pay him, coincidentally, slightly more than $2 million at just more than $200,000 per year.
Much of Kilbride’s support comes from the Democratic Party of Illinois and unions, particularly teacher’s unions, according to reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections yesterday and during the past three weeks.
The report of the Kilbride for Supreme Court Judge Committee shows the Third District judge received $1.25 million from the Democratic Party of Illinois between July 12 and October 2.
Coincidentally, the report of the Democratic Party of Illinois shows receipts of about $1.75 million from prominent Illinois trial lawyer firms during the same period. One of Chicago’s most prominent law firms, Clifford Law Offices, is reported to have contributed $135,000 to the Democratic Party of Illinois during the period covered by the report. Eight personal injury firms contributed as much as or more than $100,000 each to the Democratic Party of Illinois, including Salvi, Schostok and Pritchard of Lake County.
Partner Michael Schostok is married to Second District Appellate Justice Mary Schostok who is running as a Republican for a full term on the appellate court. She is unopposed in the General Election after narrowly surviving a primary election challenge.
Salvi, Schostok and Prichard ranked sixth among the big trial lawyer contributors with an even $100,000. Others at the top of the list include Cooney & Conway of Chicago, $125,000; Power Rogers & Smith of Chicago, $125,000; Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd, LLC of Madison County, $115,000; Corboy & Demetrio of Chicago, $100,000; Gori & Julian of Madison County, $100,000; and Thomas Keefe of St. Clair County, $100,000.
Opposition to Kilbride’s retention campaign has been led by the Illinois Civil Justice League through its political action committee, JUSTPAC.
JUSTPAC reported just over $560,000 in receipts during the same period, mostly from business and medical interests and organizations. Most of JUSTPAC’s funding has been received after October 1 while most of The Kilbride campaign’s funding was received prior to October 1.
Link To Kilbride Report On State Board of Elections Site.
Link To JUSTPAC Report On State Board of Elections Site.