Chicago, IL – Today, Illinois Appellate Court Justice Jesse Reyes filed petitions for his candidacy to become a member of the Illinois Supreme Court in the upcoming Democratic primary elections to be held on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. 

“Our filing today represents hundreds of supporters and volunteers who believe that the Illinois Supreme Court belongs to the people. I am a descendant of immigrants and a product of a blue-collar family, I believe I bring a much-needed voice to the Supreme Court bench,” said Justice Reyes. “From working in a factory to help support my family, and now an Appellate Court Judge about to embark on a journey that may take me to the highest court in the Land of Lincoln, that would be a great story for our great state.”

Justice Reyes has been found “Highly Qualified” to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.

Raised and schooled in Chicago’s Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods, he was the oldest of four children and the only one to attend college. In 1997, Reyes was elected as an Associate Judge by the circuit court judges of Cook County. In 2006, Reyes became the first Latino to lead the Illinois Judges Association. Reyes was elected to the First District Appellate Court on Nov. 6, 2012, becoming the first Latino to do so. Reyes is a founding member and the current President of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation which provides scholarships to needy and qualified students seeking to become members of the legal profession.