Justice Robert R. Thomas has announced his retirement from the Illinois Supreme Court effective February 29, 2020. Justice Michael J. Burke, currently a member of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, has been appointed to fill Justice Thomas's seat from March 1, 2020, through December 5, 2022. DuPage County Circuit Judge Liam Brennan has been assigned to the Second District effective March 2, 2020, through December 5, 2022.
Justice Thomas has served on the Illinois Supreme Court since November 2000 and served as Chief Justice from 2005 to 2008. Before that, he served on the Second District of the Appellate Court and as a Circuit Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit in DuPage County. Justice Thomas was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981 and practiced in several firms before being elected to the bench in 1988.
Justice Burke began his legal career in the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office in 1983 and became Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit in 1991. He became an associate judge in 1992 and was appointed to the circuit court in 2001. The next year, he was elected to the circuit court, where he served until his assignment to the Appellate Court in July 2008.
Judge Brennan currently serves as the Presiding Judge of the Felony Division of the DuPage County Circuit Court. He became an Associate Judge in 2008 and a Circuit Judge in 2014. Before serving on the bench, Judge Brennan worked in private practice and in the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.
The Illinois Supreme Court's announcement of Justice Thomas's retirement, Justice Burke's appointment, and Judge Brennan's appointment can be found here.
The Appellate Lawyers Association congratulates Justice Thomas on his retirement, Justice Burke on his appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court, and Judge Brennan on his appointment to the Illinois Appellate Court.