Saturday, October 27, 2007

Flannigan to challenge in 12th Subcircut

An email received from Thomas W. Flannigan announces that he will file for the Devlin vacancy in the 12th Subcircuit on Monday morning. The link is to Flannigan's campaign website.

An attorney since 1983, when he graduated from DePaul University School of Law, Flannigan is a solo practitioner in the Loop. Flannigan took his undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1974 and holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago. A 1993 article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin announcing the opening of his Loop office advised that Flannigan had previously practiced law in Tokyo.

Flannigan's website stresses his Japanese experience.

More recently, Flannigan made the news as campaign manager for his wife, Ellen L. Flannigan, who ran in the 12th Subcircuit in 2000 and 2004 before being elected (by less than 1200 votes) in 2006. In a October 22, 2004 Law Bulletin article, Flannigan characterized his wife's campaign as "a dining room table campaign. Just us and our friends." He stressed at the time that he would not be seeking any campaign contributions.

Flannigan's new website indicates that he will not accept any campaign contributions for this race either.

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