Judge Andrea Buford, Chair

IJC Chair Andrea Buford Pic

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council.  My theme for the year, Honoring the Past…Inspiring the Future, is descriptive of my plans for the year.  First let me thank the Banquet Committee, because of your hard work and efforts we had a sold-out event.  Let me next thank the new Officers and Board, in advance of the year, because I have all confidence that you will help me make this a banner year, for I cannot do it alone.

To the past Chairs, thank you for a strong foundation and for leading us to the point where we stand today.    Without your organizing efforts, your hard work and your continuing support we would not be where we are today.  I appreciate and understand all of your contributions.  To our new jurists, please make sure you join and bring with you your ideas so that we can continue to be a viable organization.  Finally, to our retired members, please know we continue to need your input and I ask that you continue to be involved.

As the year unfolds, we will discuss the specifics of my plans for the year.   If you have any issues you would like to see addressed or suggestions for programming, please send me a message.  I am looking forward to receiving many new suggestions on how to build upon our existing structure.   If you are interested in a leadership role, now is the time to show your interest by working on a committee or project.

/s/Andrea M. Buford

Chair, Illinois Judicial Council