Nathaniel Howse Jr., Appellate Court Justice (1st District), has received the powerful endorsements of U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White in his quest for Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Since the retirement of Justice Charles E. Freeman much has been discussed in terms of the void that has been left. Many elected officials and community leaders believe Justice Howse will provide the court with not only an astute scholar of the law, but will also bring the proper judicial temperament.
“I’m grateful, honored and blessed to have received the endorsements of Congresswoman Schakowsky and Secretary White. These two individuals represent the best in what a public official should be in our state. I will work extremely hard in this campaign to maintain their confidence and support,” says Justice Howse.
Congresswoman Schakowsky and Secretary White have joined a growing list of political and community leaders who have publicly announced their support of Justice Howse. Those names include but are not limited to: Committeewoman Carrie Austin, Committeewoman Michelle Harris, Committeewoman Pat Dowell, Committeewoman Emma Mitts, Committeewoman Laura Murphy (Maine Twsp), Committeewoman Carol Ronen, Committeewoman Stephanie Coleman, Committeewoman Blanca Vargas, Committeeman Roberto Maldanado, Committeeman Vernard Alsberry (Bremen Twsp), Committeeman Robert Rita (Calumet Twsp), Committeeman Patrick O’Conner, Committeemen Derrick Curtis, Businessman Willie Wilson, Dr. Byron Brazier, Bishop Larry D. Trotter, Chief Apostle William McCoy, and Bishop Claude Porter.
“Justice Howse has continued to be the beacon of light that the criminal justice system has heavily relied upon. He has contributed much to the upward mobility of the state of Illinois. Him being elected to the Illinois Supreme Court would be well deserved,” says prominent Business leader Willie Wilson.
Justice Howse, is also seeking to become the 2nd African American elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Bishop Larry D. Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago adds, “Justice Howse represents the best of our community. He has given of himself to outstanding causes away from the court. His love of God, family and his compassion for all walks of life is second to none. He is the logical and best choice to move the Supreme Court forward.”
Justice Howse is currently a judge of the First District Appellate Court of Illinois. He was assigned to this position on August 10, 2009. He was elected on November 6, 2012. His current term expires on December 4, 2022. He previously served on the Cook County Circuit Court. Justice Howse received his A.B. and J.D. from Loyola University in Chicago. He was admitted to the practice of Law in 1976.