Justice Jesse G. Reyes Announces Run for Illinois Supreme Court Justice in 2020

“Today, I formally announce my candidacy for the Illinois Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Charles E. Freeman. A jurist who served this State with distinction. An honorable man who was a friend and a mentor to many of us in the legal profession, he will be sorely missed.

“As a descendant of immigrants and a product of a blue-collar family, I know of the struggles many people in the state of Illinois have to endure on a daily basis. I know what it means to have dreams, yet not know if you will ever be able to fulfill them because of your circumstances. Circumstances which you did not create or cause. But circumstances nonetheless you must endure merely because that is what you were born into.

“As a child born and raised in Chicago, I was fortunate to be able to overcome these factors in my life and was able to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and then having the distinct privilege of becoming a member of the judiciary.

“Think about it, one day I was working in a factory to help support my family, today I am an Appellate Court Judge about to embark on a journey that may take me to the highest court in the Land of Lincoln.

“As a result of these successes in my life, I always felt it important and incumbent upon myself to give back. To assist those who were seeking to fulfill their dreams. As a result of this sense of obligation, I have dedicated myself to public service.

“How best can one serve others than through public service. As a member of the legal profession, I felt I could accomplish these deeds. As I looked to expand my public service, I recognized that being a member of the judiciary would be the ultimate means by which one can serve the public. And the embodiment of the judiciary as a means of serving the public would ultimately be as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court. I can think of no nobler calling to serve the public than in this venue.

“It is in this spirit that I seek to serve as a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court because it is the highest calling of public service in this state. I can think of no better way to serve the people of this state.”