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Diversity central in state high court race; Lone Supreme Court seat held by African American up for grabs

Mar 02, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Questions about diversity and judicial reform have marked a contentious campaign to fill the seat of retired Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman, the only person of color ever elected to the state's highest court.

Freeman was elected in 1990 and served 27 years, including three as chief justice. Justice P. Scott Neville Jr., who also is African American, was appointed by the Supreme Court in 2018 to complete Freeman's term and has won the endorsement of the Cook County Democr...