Sunday, October 21, 2007

Another candidate in the 10th Subcircuit

A campaign committee has been organized on behalf of Ivan Tomic. The committee detail indicates that Tomic plans to join the field of candidates in the 10th Subcircuit.

A lawyer since 2000, Tomic is a partner in the Chicago firm of Avila & Tomic LLC.

Tomic and his partner are counsel for Aaron Patterson, a former Death Row inmate who is suing former Chicago Police Area 2 Commander Jon Burge and others in Federal Court, 03 C 4433. Patterson who was pardoned by Governor George Ryan in 2003, after 13 years in prison. Governor Ryan indicated at the time "that the pardon was based on his belief that Patterson is innocent." (2007 WL 1498974.)

Tomic also made the news in 2005 as the lawyer for Dominic Longo, of the Coalition for Better Government.

In a January 22, 2005 story by Eric Krol in the Daily Herald, 1/22/05 CHIDLYHRLD 7, Krol wrote that Tomic sent a letter to Governor Blagojevich on behalf of Longo claiming that "the governor promised to make him 'a rich man' after the 2002 primary election." The letter, Krol wrote, "implied that Blagojevich could face a defamation lawsuit if his administration doesn't stop making malicious statements about Longo." During the 1990's the Coalition for Better Government was one of the groups having "the most clout in city hiring during the 1990s," according to the Chicago Tribune's analysis of the "clout list" introduced in the 2006 Sorich trial. (Source: Chicago Tribune, June 20, 2006, 2006 WLNR 10611586.)

Tomic photo by Patrick McDonough and obtained here.

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