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John B. Simon
Court Information:
Illinois First District Appellate Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $199,000
Appointed by:   Illinois Supreme Court
Active:   11/16/2012-12/1/2024
Preceded by:   Michael J. Murphy
Past post:   Partner, Jenner & Block
Past term:   1986-2012
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   University of Wisconsin at Madison
Law School:   DePaul University College of Law
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Illinois First District Appellate Court
Position:  Steele vacancy
State:  Illinois
Election information 2014:
Party:   Democratic
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  03/18/2014
Primary vote:  54.2%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/04/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

John B. Simon is a judge on the Illinois First District Appellate Court. He was appointed to this position by the Supreme Court on October 11, 2012, to replace the late Michael J. Murphy (Illinois). He was sworn in on November 16, 2012.[1][2] He was elected to a full term on the Illinois First District Appellate Court in 2014. His term expires on December 1, 2024. [3][4]



See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2014
Simon ran for election to the Illinois First District Appellate Court.
Primary: He was successful in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014, receiving 54.2 percent of the vote. He competed against Sharon Oden-Johnson.
General: He was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3][5][6]


The Illinois State Bar Association rated Simon as Highly Qualified for election in 2014.[7]


Simon received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. degree from the DePaul University College of Law.[1]


Simon was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1967. He began his career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In that position, he became Chief of the Civil Division. Seven years later, he joined a private law firm and began practicing corporate transactional and governmental law. In 1986, he became a partner of Jenner & Block in Chicago. He worked in that position until his judicial appointment in 2012.[1]

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