Buried at the bottom of your ballot is one of the most important issues facing Illinois voters this fall. The question is: Shall Tom Kilbride be retained on the Illinois Supreme Court: Yes or No. I strongly recommend a “no’’ vote. Here’s why:

Have you ever wished you could vote against Mike Madigan? Now you can.

For 20 years on the court, Kilbride has been a puppet of Chicago Democratic boss Mike Madigan, who put Kilbride on the court with almost $4 million in campaign contributions.

Kilbride has returned the favor by always voting Madigan’s way—against term limits, against public employee pension reform, and against a citizen initiative to take redistricting out of Madigan’s hands and give it to an independent commission.

In 2016, Kilbride authored the notorious 4-3 decision that denied eight million Illinois registered voters our constitutional right to have a say on how Illinois should draw its legislative and congressional districts—all to protect one man and his power.

Tom Kilbride has been on the bench 20 years. He wants 10 more. If we reject him, there will be an honest-to-goodness election to replace him. Don’t you think an election for our judges at least once every 20 years make sense?

We must knock Madigan’s puppet off the court. Please vote no.

Jim Nowlan


Editor’s note: Nowlan is an author and long-time observer of state politics. In previous year, he wrote a weekly column for the Daily Journal. Nowlan’s columns still appear periodically in the newspaper.

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