Illinois Manufacturers Gain in Judge Elections

Illinois saw two huge judicial races on the ballot last week, and the results of both were good for manufacturers. In deep southern Illinois, Republican Appellate Judge David Overstreet overcame millions of dollars in negative advertising to defeat Justice Judy Cates, the former head of the trial bar in Illinois.

Overstreet succeeds retiring Republican Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

For the first time in Illinois history, a sitting Supreme Court justice lost a retention election when Democratic Justice Thomas Kilbride failed to get the 60 percent retention requirement.

Kilbride was funded with millions of dollars from trial lawyers and labor unions.

The state Supreme Court will appoint an interim justice to fill the vacant seat until the 2022 next election.