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Judicial Appointments

The Illinois Supreme Court has recalled the following retired judges: Effective December 1, 2010, to hold court in the Circuit Court of Cook County through November 30, 2011:
  • Hon. Curtis Heaston
Effective December 6, 2010, to hold court in the Circuit Court of Cook County through November 30, 2011:
  • Hon. Charles R. Winkler
Effective December 1, 2010, to hold court in the Circuit Court of Cook County through November 30, 2011:
  • Hon. John B. Grogan
Effective December 6, 2010, to hold court in the Circuit Court of Cook County through November 30, 2013:
  • Hon. Roger G. Fein
  • Hon. William J. Haddad
  • Hon. Sidney A. Jones III
  • Hon. Henry M. Singer
  • Hon. Rhoda D. Sweeney
Extension effective immediately through November 30, 2013:
  • Hon. Sheldon A. Harris
Effective December 6, 2010, to hold court in the Circuit Court of Cook County through November 30, 2013:
  • Hon. Michael Ian Bender
  • Hon. Nicholas Geanopoulos
  • Hon. Pamela M. Leeming
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. as a Circuit Judge of Cook County, at Large on Wednesday. Swanson fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John A. Ward. This appointment is effective Oct. 20, 2010 and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Maureen Leahy Delehanty to Circuit Judge of Cook County, Third Subcircuit. This vacancy was created by the retirement of the Honorable Patrick E. McGann. This appointment is effective Oct. 6, 2010, and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced today the assignment of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Maureen E. Connors to the Illinois Appellate Court. Judge Connors, who has been a judge in Cook County for 22 years, will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Appellate Justice Mary Jane Theis to the Illinois Supreme Court. Justice Theis will be replacing Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, who announced his retirement, effective October 25. The assignment of Judge Connors will become effective October 26 and expire December 3, 2012. Judge Connors was an associate Judge in Cook County from 1988 to 1994, when she was elected Circuit Court Judge. When she won retention as a Circuit Court judge in 2006, reviewing bar groups and associations all gave her favorable ratings.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Wednesday that Associate Judge Paul G. Lawrence has been appointed a circuit judge at-large in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Judge Lawrence was appointed to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge G. Michael Prall on November 2, 2010. The appointment is effective November 3, 2010 and will expire December 3, 2012. Justice Rita B. Garman recommended the appointment of Judge Lawrence after a review process by a special citizen screening committee. The committee unanimously recommended Judge Lawrence’s appointment to Justice Garman to fill the vacancy. Judge Lawrence graduated from University of Illinois in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He received his juris doctor degree from University of Missouri in 1985. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Lawrence practiced at the law firm of Lawrence, Moore and Ogar. He was appointed as an associate judge in the Eleventh Circuit in 2002, serving as a trial judge for over eight years until Wednesday’s appointment by the Supreme Court as a Circuit Judge. A resident of Bloomington, Judge Lawrence is married with five children. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit is comprised of five counties: Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that Eugene E. Gross received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and has been appointed to the office of associate judge. Mr. Gross received his undergraduate degree in 1980 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and his Juris Doctor in 1983 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Gross is currently affiliated with Reed, Heller, Mansfield & Gross in DuQuoin, Illinois
The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Michael C. Jansz received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and is appointed to the office of associate judge. Mr. Jansz received his undergraduate degree in 1985 from the Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and his Juris Doctor in 1988 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr.Jansz is currently a partner with Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, Duncan & Reagan in Ottawa, Illinois.
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Alan D. Tucker as Resident Circuit Judge of Mason County, Eighth Judicial Circuit. Tucker replaces the Hon. Thomas L. Brownfield, who is retiring from judicial service on Oct. 15, 2010. Tucker's appointment is effective Nov. 1, 2010 and terminates on Dec. 6, 2010.

Russell Hartigan
Illinois State Bar Association Board member Russell W. Hartigan has been appointed Circuit Judge of Cook County, at Large, to the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John J. Moran. This appointment is effective on Oct. 14, 2010, and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012. Mr. Hartigan is a partner with the firm of Hartigan and O'Connor P.C. He graduated from DePaul University and received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School.
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Brian T. Otwell, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Seventh Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge. Mr. Otwell received his undergraduate degree in 1980 from the Illinois State University in Normal and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mr. Otwell is currently affiliated with the Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office in Springfield.