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Welcome to my online Campaign Headquarters.  I appreciate your time and interest in my candidacy.  My team and I will utilize this site to inform you about my extensive legal background, qualifications, announcements and photographs along the campaign trail.  I look forward to meeting each of you and sharing my background and story.  I believe you will find my qualifications and extensive legal experience are a perfect fit for continuing our County's tradition of having a highly qualified, competent and impartial judiciary.  

**Updated statement **

As this campaign continues and the candidates’ positions solidify, I am more convinced now than ever that I am the right choice for our next judge. The level of commitment and legal  ability to serve effectively as our judge is very high-both attributes of which I have proven to possess.    I would bring an unmatched level of commitment and passion to our county’s judiciary. 

With 600+% more trial experience, 1700% more appellate experience and over 13,000% more federal court experience, I am in the best position to protect our rights and make meaningful improvements to our local system. 

I have not shied away from taking on tough challenges even when it hasn’t been the most politically expedient path for me personally.  I will always rise above political favors and continue not to receive a dime from any person, party or entity for my campaign.

I welcome your questions and look forward to discussing the needs for our judiciary in public forums in the near future. 

Update:  Election Day is coming!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:25 AM

Thomas Vows Office will pursue Anti-Bullying Campaign

For Immediate Release:


Candidate Luke Thomas reaffirmed his commitment to help rid bullying in our schools and neighborhoods.

"While many of the tragedies in our Nation's schools are complex, bullying and a desire to 'get-even'are an overwhelmingly common theme. 

Rather than blame inanimate objects or political preferences, I think there are several things we can do locally to reach our at-risk youth.  I will make my office a resource to combat bullying."

Thomas plans to make information about bullying publicly available at the courthouse and will have an open-door policy for youth who may need assistance with problems they are facing.

"I will be happy to serve as a point of contact and listener until we can get professional assistance for problems children may be facing.  I will use my office to help spread the word that bullying is something we can no longer tolerate and explain some of the legal consequences for action or inaction."

"More times than not, when judges speak, people listen.  I see one of the duties of the Office of Resident Judge to engage in community outreach on topics that ultimate relate to the law and safety in our communities."

Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:45 PM

Thomas Announces Intent to Establish Veterans Treatment Court

For Immediate Release:

Illinois Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act

With little fanfare and relatively unnoticed locally, the Governor signed an Amendment to the 2010 Illinois Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act last fall, which mandates all counties have an established “veterans court” by January 1, 2018.

Despite this mandate, very little has taken place to advance the purpose of this law.

Many of our veterans have seen and endured life-altering, unimaginable stresses and images that cannot be forgotten, all in defense of OUR families, Country and freedom.

The preamble of the Act reads: “The General Assembly recognizes that veterans and active, Reserve and National Guard servicemembers have provided or are currently providing an invaluable service to our country. In so doing, some may suffer the effects of, including but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and may also suffer drug and alcohol dependency or addiction and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse problems….”

The Act provides veterans courts can establish specialized mental health and treatment programs, together with peer counseling and support. Mentors, including other veterans in our community, can serve as court-appointed mentors to provide additional support to the veteran and the veteran’s family. Inter-agency support, including the VA, job training, and counseling will all work together to provide the veteran with comprehensive treatment and reduced recidivism.

Successful completion of the program allows the veteran to have the charges dismissed against him without having a conviction on his/her record. This allows the veteran to obtain and/or maintain employment which may not be possible with a criminal conviction.

Crimes of violence and non-probationable offenses are excluded from eligibility.

As resident judge, implementation of this program would be a top priority and passion for me. I cannot think of a worthier group of men and women to receive our assistance to protect and reestablish their lives, when they have already done so for each of us. The factors contributing to their situation are unique and so must their treatment.

Intergovernmental Agreements to pool resources of Counties in the same circuit appear permissible under the Act, so the veterans court can cover more than one county. This will allow for cost-sharing and better economies of scale.

As with any program of this magnitude, the Court would need help from local agencies, veterans, treatment providers, and citizens to ensure the needs of our veterans are being met successfully.

Furthermore, guidance from nearby Sangamon County can be sought, where State’s Attorney John Milhiser, Judge Ryan Cadigan, and Judge Pete Cavanaugh have all worked to implement a successful veterans court and drug court.
We can scale established models with modification to fit our community’s needs so this may be up and going without unnecessary delay.

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Monday, March 19, 2018 5:36 PM

Primary on March 20, 2018

While my race in tomorrow's primary is uncontested, I would still like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who have supported my campaign thus far.  I have been encouraged to learn many of you believe that qualifications and experience mean more than political party designation.

With our State's closed primary system, we are forced to declare our political party affiliation in order to vote in the primary.  I recognize this can be a bit disconcerting to some folks.  While I would appreciate your vote tomorrow, it is more important we remain focused on the general election on November 6th.  

I will continue providing you with information about my experience and qualifications over the next 7 1/2 months.  There is a significant difference in the quality and quantity of experience between the candidates. I kindly ask you to continue considering this as we head into the general election in November. 

Thank you.


Luke Thomas

Monday, March 19, 2018 5:08 PM

Thomas Campaign Wagon Rolls into the Primary

Lighter news....

Despite no opposition in tomorrow's primary, the Thomas Campaign Wagon has been out and about the last several days. Designed by Grant, Vivian, Ivana & Lucy, the wagon is used to transport literature and the occasionally tired, little canvasser.  

The Thomas children frequently view this site and will be excited to see their creation in the latest campaign "news".  

Monday, February 26, 2018 7:25 PM

Thomas Receives Warm Welcome from Pro-2nd Amendment Group

Guns Save Life, a grassroots pro-2nd Amendment group warmly welcomed Luke at their February's monthly meeting as featured in the March edition in their monthly newspaper, Gun News.  The newspaper has a monthly circulation of 20,000+ people and growing. They reporting on candidates, laws, and other important news.

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