No justice has ever not been retained during an election in the annals of Illinois Supreme Court history. There's at least a chance that could change.
Thomas Kilbride is unopposed on Tuesday's ballot in a simple up-or-down vote on whether he should retain his seat, which is based in north central Illinois. He needs 60 percent to win retention to another 10-year term.
The 57-year-old Democrat had to scramble to defend himself against a well-funded campaign by business interests seeking to get him bounced. The group advocates tort reform and criticized Kilbride for a February vote that helped overturn a state law capping damages in medical malpractice cases.
A defeat could shift the balance of the high court, currently composed of four Democrats and three Republicans.