Anne M. Burke

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Anne M. Burke
Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
Assumed office
July 6, 2006[1]
Preceded byMary Ann McMorrow
Judge of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District
In office
August 1995 – July 6, 2006
Personal details
Anne Marie McGlone

(1944-02-03) February 3, 1944 (age 75)
Spouse(s)Edward M. Burke
EducationMaria High School
Alma materDePaul University (BA)
Chicago-Kent College of Law (JD)

Anne Marie Burke (née McGlone; born February 3, 1944[2]) is an Illinois Supreme Court Justice for the First Judicial District (Cook County, Illinois). Appointed in 2006, she won election to the court in 2008. Burke had previously been appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court in 1995 and was elected to that seat in 1996. Burke was a founder of the Special Olympics in 1968, she is married to Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke from the 14th Ward.

Early life, education and family[edit]

Born Anne Marie McGlone, she was raised on Chicago's South Side,[2] she has two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Maria High School. In the late 1960s, she was working as a physical education teacher with the Chicago Park District when she began advocating for the idea of holding a Special Olympics for developmental challenged children. Gaining support from eventual chair, Eunice Shriver and the Kennedy Foundation, the first Special Olympics was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968.[3]

While raising her own children, she returned to school, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in 1976 and a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1983.[2]


Burke 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.[2] She was certified for the Northern District's trial bar in 1987.[2] 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.[2] 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 ten-year term in November 2008.

Burke served on the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People (NRB), appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church, she was interim chair from 2002 to 2004, and was instrumental in conducting the surveys and studies that supported the John Jay Report.[4]


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, 2011, after he was elected to a full term.[5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Along with others including Eunice Kennedy, Burke is a founder of the Special Olympics.[9]

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.[10]

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. Anne and Edward and his brother Daniel, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, were named one of Illinois' most influential families by Crain's Chicago Business in 2005.[11]

Initially, the Burkes had four children: Jennifer, Edward Jr., Sarah, and Emmett (1973–2004);[12][13] They have nine grandchildren.[2]

Travis,[2] a child known in public by his court name "Baby T," was born to a woman suffering from 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.[14][15][16][17][18][19]


  1. ^ "Justice Anne M. Burke to Be Sworn in to Illinois Supreme Court" (PDF) (Press release). Illinois Supreme Court. July 5, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Anne M. Burke, Supreme Court Justice: First District". Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Flashback: 50 Yeas of Special Olympics". Chicago Tribune. Section 1. July 15, 2018. p. 23.
  4. ^ Anne Burke Papers, DePaul University Special Collections and Archives. Accessed January 5, 2017.
  5. ^ McKinney, Dave; Marin, Carol; Di Benedetto, Stephen (2011-01-10). "Quinn: 'We will pay our bills'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  6. ^ Finke, Doug (2011-01-11). "Quinn sworn in as governor amid budget crisis". The State Journal Register. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  7. ^ Long, Ray (2011-07-27). "Quinn appoints Burkes' daughter to $117,000-a-year post". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  8. ^ Garcia, Monique (2011-07-28). "Quinn defends appointing Burkes' daughter to $117,000-a-year state post". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  9. ^ Kenidrigan & Hodkinson, "Special Olympics Celebrates 30 Years", accessed September 20, 2008.
  10. ^ "Sex Abuse Critic to Pope: Swap White Cassock for Black, Lose the Red Shoes". July 31, 2010.
  11. ^ Levine, Daniel Rome (2007-10-17). "Illinois' most influential families". Crain's Chicago Business. 28 (42). p. 82.
  12. ^ Black, Lisa; Osterman, Rachel (February 2, 2004). "Burkes' son, 30, dies in accident: Snowmobile hits tree in preserve". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "Emmett Joseph Burke". Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Sneed, Michael (October 7, 2001). "The 'Baby T' case is over". Chicago Sun-Times.
  15. ^ Cohen, Adam (2000-01-17). "Who Gets The Kid?". Time. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  16. ^ Main, Frank (1999-10-20). "Burkes keep Baby; Tina Olison fails in bid for child". Chicago Sun-Times.
  17. ^ Belluck, Pam (1998-09-19). "In Tug-of-War Over a Toddler, a Cry of Politics". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  18. ^ "Couple Win Racially Charged Custody Fight". Washington Post. Associated Press. 2000-01-05. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  19. ^ Usborne, David (1999-03-10). "Race furore as addict wins son". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-11.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Mary Ann McMorrow
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois