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CHICAGO � Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke, a Democrat, will return some of the $1.48 million in campaign contributions she has received in her uncontested run to keep a seat on the state’s top court. The campaign committee will use some of the funds for advertisements to remind residents to vote for the 12 Democrats running for county judgeships, including Burke, said John B. Simon, the Jenner & Block attorney who chairs her campaign committee. After the Feb. 5 primary, two-thirds of the remaining funds will be returned to some 1,200 donors with the rest given back after the Nov. 4 general election, he said. “When she embarked upon this race, she anticipated having a contested election, which unfortunately would have cost quite a bit more than what she has raised,” Simon said. “The recent history is that this is becoming very expensive.” Her campaign collected about $943,000 in the second half of last year, including transfers from other groups, and spent $252,000 during the period, including transfers out of the fund, according to a required contribution disclosure report filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections yesterday. She had previously raised about $800,000. It was in November that the committee became aware that she would be running uncontested, Simon said. Burke herself made the decision to return the donations and disband her campaign committee after the election takes place. She will be elected to the post for a 10-year term. Burke was appointed to the court in 2006 to fill the seat of retiring Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow.

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