Skip Navigation
Resource

Buying Time 2012: Illinois

This page features Illinois judicial ads of 2012.

Published: February 28, 2012

For inform­a­tion on Illinois’s spend­ing, and all other tele­vi­sion spend­ing in state supreme court races, click here.

In Illinois, Supreme Court justices initially run in contested, partisan elec­tions for full terms, and then run in uncon­tested reten­tion elec­tions for addi­tional terms. Histor­ic­ally, Illinois’s contested partisan elec­tions have been expens­ive and hard-fought, and the state is home to the nation’s cost­li­est judi­cial elec­tion ever, which took place in 2004.  In the most recent elec­tion cycle, in 2010, Justice Thomas Kilbride raised more money for his Illinois reten­tion bid than all judges facing reten­tion votes nation­ally raised over the entire decade from 2000 to 2009.

In 2012, there was a contested elec­tion for the seat formerly held by Thomas Fitzger­ald. Justice Mary Jane Theis was appoin­ted to succeed Fitzger­ald when he retired in 2010. She ran in the the Demo­cratic primary against First District Appel­late Court Judge Joy Cunning­ham, Fourth District Appel­late Court Judge Aure­lia Pucin­ski, and Chicago attor­ney Thomas W. Flan­nigan. Theis won the Demo­cratic primary on March 20, 2012 and beat Repub­lican nominee Judge James G. Riley of the Cook County 4th Subcir­cuit Court in the general elec­tion.

Justice Rita B. Garman was also up for reten­tion and kept her seat. 

Click here to return to the Buying Time — 2012 Homepage.


Advert­ise­ments


March 16, 2012 – Tribune Endorse­ment

Stream Video QT | Down­load Story­board

An ad sponsored by Mary Jane Theis’s campaign high­lights her endorse­ment from the Chicago Tribune.


March, 2012 – Three Decades

Stream Video QT | Down­load Story­board

An ad sponsored by Mary Jane Theis’s campaign calls her “the Demo­crat for the Supreme Court.”


Febru­ary 27, 2012 – Theis

Stream Video QT | Down­load Story­board

An ad sponsored by Mary Jane Theis’s campaign claims that her exper­i­ence on the bench is “unmatched for Supreme Court.”


Febru­ary 9, 2012 – New Voice

Stream Video QT | Down­load Story­board

An ad sponsored by Joy Cunning­ham’s campaign says, “Joy Cunnin­ham brings the most diverse exper­i­ence to the bench.”


Febru­ary 4, 2012 – Joy For Justice

Stream Video QT | Down­load Story­board

An ad sponsored by Joy Cunning­ham’s campaign says, “A vote for Joy is a vote for Justice for all.”


News


Carol Marin, Abor­tion Big New Issue in Court Race, Chicago Sun Times, March 13, 2012.

Greg Hinz, Supreme Court hope­fuls draw big money from single firms, Crain’s Chicago Busi­ness, March 07, 2012.

Abdon M. Pallasch, Sparks fly over mayoral resid­ency in Supreme Court candid­ate forum, Chicago Sun Times, Febru­ary 27, 2012.