Chief Justice Kilbride to speak at JJC Business Seminar on April 24

 Thomas L. Kilbride, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, will be the guest speaker for the final session of the Business Seminar Series at Joliet Junior College on April 24 from noon until 1 p.m. The seminar will be held in the Health Professions Center, U-1022, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The public is invited to attend.

Bill O’Connor, Business department chair, said Kilbride was chosen because it would help audiences get a better understanding of the court system. 

“The chief justice will introduce guests to the importance of our courts and how they help to maintain a safe and economically vibrant society, while at the same time protecting the guarantees of liberty so valued in a free society,” O’Connor said.

During his presentation, Kilbride will also talk about how the law helps promote an efficient and just society.

Kilbride, who is from the third Illinois district (representing Will and Grundy counties), was first elected into the Illinois Supreme Court in 2000. He was selected as chief justice in 2010.

As chief justice, Kilbride leads the Illinois Supreme Court as the organization helps to enforce the Illinois Constitution, resolve public and private disputes, protect basic rights for Illinoisans, and administers the Illinois judicial system.

Before Kilbride became a Supreme Court member, he practiced both civil and criminal law in Rock Island, Ill. He obtained his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1981.

For questions about the Business Seminar Series at JJC, contact Margie Cepon at 815-280-2683, Bill O’Connor at 815-280-2404 or email or

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