By Neil Hartigan, former Illinois Attorney General For the last 60 years I’ve been involved in public life, I’ve known many talented people who’ve made important contributions, but only a few are exceptional people. One of those is Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke, who as an elected justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois has just been chosen by her fellow justices as the new chief justice. She’s the perfect choice. The role of the chief justice is a multifaceted one. She will lead the court in deciding the law on the most and important questions confronting our state. The judicial record and reputation are important. Fortunately, Justice Burke’s 30-year record of judicial experience is outstanding.