We were honored to welcome our guest speaker, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Burke, to Harbour’s headquarters for our Networking Event on Tuesday, May 24th.



We had a great turnout, enjoyed delicious catering from Angeli’s in Naperville, and tapped some local Plainfield Werk Force Brewing Co. kegs.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Burke represents the Second District on the Illinois Supreme Court after being appointed to the position in 2020 to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Robert R. Thomas. Prior to his appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court, Justice Burke served as an Appellate Justice on the Appellate Court for Illinois’ Second District between 2008 and 2020. Prior to taking the bench in the Appellate Court, Justice Burke served as a Circuit Court Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit of DuPage County between 2001 and 2008. Justice Burke was first appointed to the bench in 1992 as an Associate Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit of DuPage County.

Justice Burke has regularly received high ratings in judicial polls and surveys during his time on the bench. This includes scoring Approval Ratings between 94.6-98.1% every year for a five-year period as compiled by the Joint Illinois State Bar and DuPage County Bar Poll. In 1998, while serving as an Associate Judge, Justice Burke scored a 97.9% Approval Rating in the DuPage County Bar Poll, making him the highest rated Associate Judge at that time. Prior to his election to the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District, Justice Burke was found to be “Highly Qualified for the Position of Appellate Court Justice” by a group of his peers at the Illinois State Bar Association. Justice Burke has shown remarkable consistency in judicial polls, surveys, and ratings throughout the entirety of his career, regularly ranking at the absolute top of his judicial class.

Prior to taking to the bench, Justice Burke served the People of Illinois and DuPage County as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1983 to 1992. During his time in the State’s Attorney’s Office, Justice Burke handled complex and demanding cases and sought justice for the victims of crime while balancing the Constitutional rights of all parties in proceedings. Justice Burke rose to the position of Felony Trial Supervisor and Chief of Special Prosecutions during his time in the office, and was named Felony Prosecutor of the Year in 1988.



Thank you to all who were able to attend and participate! We genuinely appreciate every single one of you!

If you’d like to learn more about Justice Mike Burke or to donate, please visit: https://www.justicemikeburke.com/donate


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