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Judicial Appointments

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointment of Ben L. Beyers II as an associate judge of the Third Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Beyers received his undergraduate degree in 1996 from the University of Illinois in Urbana and his Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of Illinois.

He is currently affiliated with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office in Edwardsville.

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that retired Associate Judge Charles J. Gramlich has been recalled to duty in the 7th Judicial Circuit. This appointment was required by the recent death of Judge Lois Bell. This recall is effective Aug. 1, 2011, and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that David A. Brown, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Tenth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Mr. Davis received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana and his Juris Doctor and M.S. in 1990 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Brown is currently affiliated with Black, Black & Brown in Washington, Illinois.

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointment of Daniel Lawrence Peters as a Circuit Judge of Cook County, Fourth Subcircuit. This fills the position opened by the retirement of the Hon. Jennifer Duncan-Brice. It is effective Aug. 1 and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.


Kevin W. Lyons

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that Kevin W. Lyons, longtime state’s attorney for Peoria County, has been appointed a Circuit Court judge to fill a judicial vacancy in the 10th Judicial Circuit.

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride recommended Mr. Lyons to the Supreme Court after an extensive application and evaluation process.

The Peoria resident Circuit Court vacancy was created by the 2010 retirement of Judge Richard Grawey and is temporarily being filled by Judge Glenn Collier who left retirement to fill the position.

The Illinois Supreme Court has approved the appointment of Regina Ann Scannicchio as a Circuit Judge of Cook County, Fourteenth Subcircuit. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Lawrence O'Gara. It is effective July 5 and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced Wednesday that Karen C. Eiten, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Ms. Eiten received her undergraduate degree in 1980 from Western Illinois University in Macomb and her Juris Doctor in 1983 from DePaul University in Chicago. Ms. Eiten is currently engaged in solo practice in LaSalle.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride on Wednesday announced that seven candidates have applied to fill a judicial vacancy in the 10th Judicial Circuit.

Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court holds the authority to fill judicial vacancies. Chief Justice Kilbride uses an extensive application, evaluation and interview process to make recommendations to the Supreme Court for judicial vacancies in the Third Judicial District.

The process includes an opportunity for public comment, background checks by police authorities and with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Chief Justice Kilbride will also use a poll of all attorneys residing in the 10th Circuit, which will be conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association over the next 30 days. The attorneys will be surveyed on their opinions of the applicants’ integrity, temperament, legal ability, management skills and other professional qualifications.

Chief Justice Kilbride will appoint a judicial screening committee made up of representatives from the community, including non-lawyers as well as members of the legal profession to evaluate all of the information. The names of that committee will be announced at a later date.

Attorneys whose applications were received by the deadline were: David B. Collins, David M. House, Kevin W. Lyons, Christopher S. McCall, Theresa B. Murphy, Leann M. Niebuhr, and Scott E. Umland.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Friday that Associate Judge Timothy M. Lucas has been appointed a circuit judge in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride recommended Judge Lucas fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. James E. Shadid upon his appointment as a federal district judge for the Central District of Illinois. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court is given the authority to fill judicial vacancies.

An associate judge in the 10th Circuit since 2001, Judge Lucas has presided over a wide range of cases including misdemeanor, traffic, civil, probate, juvenile abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency.

Michael R. Clancy has been appointed as a Circuit Judge of Cook County, Eleventh Subcircuit. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Edward P. O'Brien. It takes effect on May 27, 2011, and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.