Some lawyers can go their entire career without arguing before the Illinois Supreme Court. For Jim Thompson, his first job was as an assistant Cook County state's attorney, at a time when many criminal cases were appealed. He lost a case but impressed a justice enough, Thompson said, that the justice asked him to write the dissenting opinion. Thompson said that was a high point of his career.
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Thompson later served four terms as governor of Illinois and, as chairman of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, presided over Tuesday's ceremony rededicating the 106-year-old building. 21st Century infrastructure has gone into the building. History has been preserved. There's a ladies' room for justices who qualify. “Whether you win or lose a case in this court,” Thompson said, “you know that you've had your say, and that justice will be done. And we are all the better for it.” The $15.9 million project is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.