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Justice Linda Davenport​

Justice Joe Hettel​

Justice Lance Peterson

Justices Hettel, Davenport, and Peterson
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Protecting our Rights

Every one of us has the absolute right to expect that we have a fair and impartial judicial system.

Every one of us has the right to be heard regardless of our financial means, political beliefs, race, religion, or sexuality.

We need Justices who are well-qualified and experienced, who know the law and apply the law in a fair and impartial way.

We need Justices who share our common core values and who understand that we are all in this together.


We need Justices who use common sense when they interpret the law. ​


We have all of this now in Justices Lance Peterson,  Joe Hettel, and Linda Davenport on the 3rd District Appellate Court of Illinois.

Meet the Justices

Justices Linda Davenport, Joe Hettel, and Lance Peterson, all currently serve on the 3rd District Appellate Court of Illinois. All three of them were unanimously appointed to serve by the Illinois Supreme Court Justices, and they are now all running for election to continue to serve the citizens of Illinois' Third Appellate District.

Did you know that the vast majority of trial cases that get appealed go to and end with the Appellate Court? (Only a very small select group of cases are ever heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.) Cases that affect every one of us get decided in the Appellate Court.  Often, the decisions in these cases affect our everyday lives! We need judges with a wealth of experience making these decisions.

Together, Linda, Joe, and Lance have spent over 100 years in the legal field,  with over 50 of those years spent as Judges. That's exactly the breadth and depth of experience that is required to serve the public effectively. 

The 3rd District Appellate Court is located in Ottawa and hears cases appealed from trial courts in 7 counties (Bureau, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, LaSalle and Will). Voters in these 7 counties will have the opportunity to vote for these outstanding, respected, and experienced jurists in November of 2024.


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