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Thomas Flannigan: Candidate Profile

Supreme Court 1st District (Fitzgerald) (Democrat)

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  • Thomas Flannigan, running for Supreme Court 1st District (Fitzgerald)

      Thomas Flannigan, running for Supreme Court 1st District (Fitzgerald)




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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Winnetka


Office sought: Supreme Court 1st District (Fitzgerald)

Age: 59

Family: Married for 24 years to Ellen L. Flannigan. Two daughters, Erin, 9, and Megan 8.

Occupation: Lawyer

Education: B.A. Boston College 1974 M.A. University of Chicago 1979 J.D. DePaul College of Law 1983

Civic involvement: Volunteer for Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I am not taking campaign contributions.

Key Issue 2

I will not take a pension if elected and

I later retire.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

Do you favor the appointment of judges or do you prefer the election process' Please explain your answer.

I prefer the election of judges.

I think it is better for the people to decide rather than have all judges appointed.

What special qualifications or experiences make you the best person to serve as a judge?

I am not taking campaign contributions.

I also have experience in courts from Traffic Court all the way up tot the US Court of Appeals.

What are your thoughts on mandatory sentencing? Do you believe judges should have greater leeway when it comes to sentencing defendants' Why or why not?

Candidate did not respond.

What are your thoughts on the use of drug courts, domestic violence courts, veterans courts, mental health courts and prostitution courts' Have they been effective?

Candidate did not respond.

Do you support eliminating the ban on cameras and recording devices in Illinois courtrooms' Why or why not?

Candidate did not respond.

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