Anne M. Burke is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois. She graduated with a B.A. in education from DePaul University in 1976 and received her J.D. degree from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1983. She was elected in 1996 to the First District, Appellate Court for a full term.
Admitted to the Federal Court, Northern District of Illinois in 1983, Burke served in the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 1985, and in 1987 certified for the Federal District Court Trial Bar. Also in 1987, Governor James Thompson appointed her Judge to the Court of Claims. In 1991, Burke was again appointed to the Court of Claims, this time by Governor Jim Edgar. In August 1995, she was appointed to the Appellate Court, First District.
Best known for her work with children, Burke served as a special counsel to the governor for Child Welfare Services in 1994. She was also instrumental in starting what are now called the Special Olympics. A third-generation Irish-American, Burke is a member of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago. She is married to alderman and fellow honoree Edward M. Burke.
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