ST. CLAIR COUNTY - Once a personal injury attorney, Associate Judge Christopher Kolker of Illinois' 20th Circuit will preside over the lawsuit state employee unions filed against Governor Bruce Rauner.
Judge Kolker is not only a judge, he is listed as a Democratic precinct committeeman in St. Clair County's Caseyville 11, where he's been active as a Democrat since 1999. From 1990 to 1995, he worked as a legislative and political aide for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Kolker also has a record of donating to Democratic congressional candidates and the leftwing ACT BLUE organization.
Before being appointed to his position by a panel of circuit judges in 2013, Kolker was associated with Kolker Law Offices in Belleville. The firm's website says it specializes in large personal injury, insurance, bad faith and worker’s compensation cases. It also is affiliated with two large legal service plans: the Illinois Federation of Teachers Legal Service Plan and the Union Privilege Legal Services Plan (UPLS) for AFL-CIO members.