Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride '81 was named Illinoisan of the Year by the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Kilbride is being honored for initiating a pilot program to allow
cameras in Illinois courts and increasing access to courts for citizens.
INBA immediate past president Jim Gee says Kilbride was the unanimous
choice for "his overall support of openness in government." Previous
recipients include former Illinois Governors Jim Edgar and James
Thompson and former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.