Berkowitz w/Justice Michael Burke, GOP IL S CT Nominee, 3rd Dist, on the desired S CT traits, the goal of a S CT Justice and the current state of IL abortion law

Berkowitz w/Justice Michael Burke, GOP IL S CT Nominee, 3rd Dist, on the desired S CT traits, the goal of a S CT Justice and the current state of IL abortion law

Justice Burke said, under the 2019 IL …Act, abortion is a fundamental right… But, under IL law and science, fetuses are viewed as viable about 20-22 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. In such cases, Justice Burke said a doctor may provide an abortion only if the life or physical, mental or emotional health are at issue. On the other hand, Burke said people commonly refer to IL as permitting abortion on demand, up to…

Justice Burke said the Bar Association assessments and attorney reviews show his judicial approach to be one of applying… the facts and the law to the issues at hand, not …

Part 1 of the “Public Affairs” Interview with Justice Michael Burke, GOP IL S CT Nominee, 3rd District, airs on Cable:

Tonight, in Chicago, 8:30 pm & midnight on Ch 21 (CAN TV)Tuesday night in Chicago, 9:32 pm, Ch 21 (The third segment of the two hour IL Channel package that runs in Chicago, 9 pm to 11 pm). Tonight, in Aurora, also on Wednesday & Saturday, 6 pm on ACTV-10, aka Ch. 10 Thursday night in Rockford & surrounding suburbs, 8:30 pm on Ch. 17. And, as the third segment of this week’s IL Channel two-hour package, airing around the State on Cable.

Part 1 of the interview with Justice Michael Burke can also be watched 24/7 by clicking here.

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Show host Jeff Berkowitz, in Part 1 of his 3-part interview with GOP nominee for the 3rd Dist. IL S CT seat, Justice Michael Burke, focuses on Burke’s qualifications for the S CT, whether he is and would continue to be a “Fair Justice,” and his views on the current state of IL’s abortion law.   

If the GOP wins the 2nd and 3rd Dist S CT seats, they will have a majority (4-3) on the IL S CT for the first time in 60 years.

Burke was appointed by the IL S CT two years ago to replace retiring Justice Bob Thomas in the 2nd  Dist, but due to redistricting, Justice Burke is running in the 3rd District, which includes his long-time home town of Elmhurst and the rest of DuPage County.          

The S CT’s 3nd Dist consists of Bureau, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Kankakee and Will counties. Only voters in those counties can vote in the 3rd District S CT election.

Justice Burke has extensive trial experience as a DuPage prosecutor and trial Judge. This trial experience along, with “High marks” by the attorneys who appeared before him, said Burke, support the argument he would be skilled and fair if he continues as a S CT Justice.

Justice Burke said the Bar Association assessment and attorney reviews show his judicial approach to be one of applying in each case the facts and the law to the issues at hand, not deciding matters by personal opinion or bias.

Burke, a textualist, said he has never and would never legislate from the bench.

Justice Burke said under the 2019 IL Reproductive Health Care act, abortion is a fundamental right that women in IL have. But, under the IL law and science, fetuses are viewed as viable about 20-22 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. In such cases, Justice Burke said a doctor may provide an abortion only if the life or physical, mental or emotional health are at issue. On the other hand, Burke said people commonly refer to IL as permitting abortion on demand, up to just before a mother delivers her child.

Justice Burke said the U.S. S CT’s reversal of Roe didn’t affect IL’s abortion law, at all. Burke said Dobbs just sent the abortion issue back to the state legislatures. He said Gov Pritzker might try to strengthen IL’s abortion rights, and in various other states, the legislatures might try to weaken abortion rights.

Next week’s “Public Affairs” show features Justice Burke in Part 2 of the interview with Berkowitz.  

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