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Anne M. Burke

Anne M. Burke
Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
Assumed office
July 6, 2006[1]
Preceded by Mary Ann McMorrow
Judge of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District
In office
August 1995 – July 6, 2006
Personal details
Born (1944-02-03) February 3, 1944
Spouse(s) Edward M. Burke (1943–present; 4 children)

Anne Marie Burke, (née McGlone; born February 3, 1944) is an Illinois Supreme Court Justice for the First Judicial District (Cook County, Illinois). Burke was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court in 1995 and was elected to the seat in 1996. Burke is among the founders of the Special Olympics. Burke is married to Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke from the 14th Ward.


  • Early life, education, and early career 1
  • Political career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life, education, and early career

Anne Marie Burke was born and raised on Chicago's South Side, graduating from Maria High School. She has two brothers and one sister. While raising her own children, she returned to school and received a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 1976 and a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1983.

She was admitted to the Illinois bar and federal Northern District of Illinois in 1983, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 1985. She was certified for the Northern District's trial bar in 1987.

Political career

In 1987 Illinois Governor James R. Thompson appointed her a judge of the Illinois Court of Claims, and she was reappointed by Governor Jim Edgar in 1991. Burke was the first woman to serve on the Illinois Court of Claims. In April 1994, she was appointed special counsel to the Governor for Child Welfare Services. In August 1995, she was appointed to the Appellate Court, First District, and was subsequently elected to that office in 1996.[2] Upon the retirement of Justice Mary Ann McMorrow in 2006, Burke was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court. She was elected to a full 10-year term in November 2008.

One of Burke's husband's political action committees, Friends of Edward M. Burke, loaned $200,000 and contributed $52,000 to Pat Quinn's campaign to replace impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. In January, 2009, Anne Burke administered the oath of office to Quinn. Anne Burke again swore in Quinn on Monday, January 10, 2012, after he was elected to a full term.[3][4][5][6]

Personal life

Along with others including Eunice Kennedy, Burke is a founder of the Special Olympics.[7]

Burke chaired the lay National Review Board of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which investigates accusations of clerical sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church. She is a Dame of Malta, a Roman Catholic lay religious order.[8]

Anne Burke is married to Alderman Edward M. Burke from the 14th Ward of the Chicago City Council and Chairman of the Committee on Finance. The Burkes, Anne, husband Edward, and brother-in-law Daniel, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, were named one of Illinois' most influential families by Crain's Chicago Business in 2005.[9]

The Burkes have four children, Jennifer, Edward Jr., Sarah and the late Emmett; they have six grandchildren. The Burkes are licensed, active foster parents. In February 1996, the Burkes became foster parents to a child, known in public by his court name "Baby T," born to a woman suffering drug addiction. The child's natural mother, Tina Olison, an addict in recovery, sued to regain custody of her child several times in a protracted, highly publicized, and racially charged court battle. The suits ultimately reached the Illinois State Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of custody for the Burkes in 2001.[10][11][12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Press release: Justice Anne M. Burke to Be Sworn in to Illinois Supreme Court" (PDF). Illinois Supreme Court. July 5, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke". Illinois Supreme Court. Retrieved September 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ McKinney, Dave;  
  4. ^ Finke, Doug (2011-01-11). "Quinn sworn in as governor amid budget crisis". The State Journal Register. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  5. ^ Long, Ray (2011-07-27). "Quinn appoints Burkes' daughter to $117,000-a-year post".  
  6. ^ Garcia, Monique (2011-07-28). "Quinn defends appointing Burkes' daughter to $117,000-a-year state post".  
  7. ^ Kenidrigan & Hodkinson, "Special Olympics Celebrates 30 Years", accessed September 20, 2008.
  8. ^ "Sex Abuse Critic to Pope: Swap White Cassock for Black, Lose the Red Shoes". July 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ Levine, Daniel Rome (2007-10-17). "Illinois' most influential families".  
  10. ^  
  11. ^ Cohen, Adam (2000-01-17). "Who Gets The Kid?". Time. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  12. ^ Main, Frank (1999-10-20). "Burkes keep Baby; Tina Olison fails in bid for child". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  13. ^ Belluck, Pam (1998-09-19). "In Tug-of-War Over a Toddler, a Cry of Politics". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  14. ^ "Couple Win Racially Charged Custody Fight". Washington Post (Associated Press). 2000-01-05. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  15. ^ Usborne, David (1999-03-10). "Race furore as addict wins son". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 

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