I am a candidate for an at large 7th Judicial Circuit Court Judge position on November 8, 2016. If elected, I will fill the position of the Hon. Patrick J. Londrigan in Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois.
The purpose of this letter is to present my background, qualifications and objectives when elected.
My maternal grandparents, John Flynn and Lucille Flynn, were born in Jacksonville, Illinois. Their parents emigrated to Jacksonville, Illinois from Ireland. My grandfather’s brother, Jim Flynn, was an Alderman who was instrumental in the development of Lake Jacksonville. Today, I have many cousins who reside in Jacksonville, Illinois. My paternal grandparents were John and Elizabeth Reid. They came to Springfield, Illinois from England after World War I. My family has resided in Springfield for nearly 100 years. Dave (now deceased) and Marge Reid are my parents. Dave worked at the coal mine and was a Kraft foods salesman. Marge operated a daycare and worked at Springfield’s Doctors Park as a receptionist. I have two brothers and one sister. I attended Catholic schools and SIU (Carbondale) where I received a football scholarship. I played all four (4) years, and I was subsequently inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. More importantly I was the first one from both sides of my family to graduate from college. I am married to Dr. Beth Strow, and I have three (3) children David B., Sarah Elizabeth and Catherine Reid.
With respect to my post college educational background, and experience, I received a law degree from the University of Miami and a Master of Laws (Taxation) from Emory University. Also, I received an MBA and Master of Public Administration. I received all of these post college degrees by attending night school while I worked full time to support myself and my family.
After college and law school, I worked for the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, Brown, Hay and Stephens and Reid Law Office, LLC. I am admitted to practice in Illinois, Florida and Georgia. I have over 25 years’ experience as an Attorney, Judge and Commissioner for the Court of Claims, State of Illinois.
I am proud of the fact that I am rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating for legal ability and ethics) and a member of Leading Lawyers. As a Judge and Commissioner with the Court of Claims, I have been involved in over 2,000 cases.
If elected, my objectives and promise to the voters as a Circuit Court Judge are as follows:
I will be prepared for each case. This means that I will have reviewed the file prior to the hearing and be prepared to discuss an approach or schedule to resolve the matter.
I will heavily utilize pre-trial Scheduling Orders to promptly and orderly move the case towards a conclusion. (Rocket Docket) Continuances and delays will be resisted, unless absolutely necessary.
I will seek to issue decisions within thirty (30) days of the time that a case is presented to me for a decision. I will not take cases “under advisement” for months.
I will serve out my six (6) year term as Circuit Court Judge.
I will promote the distribution and publication of legal information and seminars at local schools, community gatherings and informational sessions.
I will respect law and order. I will enforce the law.
I believe that whenever possible, government and the Courts should be transparent in dealing with the public. (Let the sunshine in) I will support the publication of Attorney Judicial Advisory Polls and Judicial evaluations to the public so that the voters may have important information to evaluate the Judges. The ISBA or administrative office of Courts should review cases in which a judicial candidate was involved and provide a summary of those results to the voters. The Illinois State Bar Association can also make its Attorney Bar Poll ratings more available to the public by publishing the information in local newspapers on a recurring basis. Further, the Circuit Court Judges can publish the Associate Court Judges evaluations so that the public can review the results.
I will work with law enforcement authorities and the State’s Attorney to minimize, if possible, charges for non-violent crimes against cooperative, youthful offenders so that they may have the opportunity to succeed in the future.
I will be independent of political considerations. I have not been appointed by someone else. I will be open and available to the citizens of the 7th Judicial Circuit and a member of the community.
I will work to make the legal system better through the issuance of timely, consistent rulings based on the law.
I want your vote on November 8th.
David R. Reid