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Judicial Appointments

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Monday that the Sixth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Phoebe S. Bowers as an associate judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Bowers received her undergraduate degree in 2000 from Millikin University in Decatur and her Juris Doctor in 2003 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Ms. Bowers is currently affiliated with Fuller, Quigg & Bowers in Decatur.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that Jodi Melinda Hoos has been appointed Resident Circuit Judge of Peoria County, 10th Judicial Circuit. This vacancy was created by the retirement of the Hon. Michael E. Brandt. it is effective Dec. 29, 2014 and terminates on Dec. 5, 2016.

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that the Hon. Paul M. Fullerton, Associate Judge of the 18th Circuit, has been appointed Circuit Judge at Large for the 18th Circuit, DuPage County.

This vacancy was created by the retirement of the Hon. Rodney Equi. It is effective Jan. 2, 2015 and terminates on Dec. 5, 2016.

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for an at-large Circuit Court vacancy in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy is created by the retirement of Judge Patrick J. Londrigan on December 8, 2014. Judge Londrigan has been a Circuit Judge in the Seventh Circuit since 2004.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Twelfth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Jessica Colon-Sayre as an associate judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Colon-Sayre received her undergraduate degree in 1996 from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and her Juris Doctor in 2001 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Ms. Colon-Sayre is currently affiliated with the Will County State's Attorney's Office in Joliet.

Chief Judge John T. Elsner announced that the Court is accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the Office of Associate Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County. This vacancy is the results of the elevation of Associate Judge Liam C. Brennan to Circuit Judge.

Judge Elsner added that applications to fill this vacancy will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2014. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, licensed to practice law in this state, and a resident of DuPage County. Two original applications, submitted on the prescribed application form, must be filed with:

  • Michael J. Tardy, Director
  • Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts
  • 3101 Old Jacksonville Road
  • Springfield, IL 62704-6488

Applications can be obtained from the Chief Judge's Office, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts or from the Supreme Court's website: www.state.il.us/court

Applications may be be submitted electronically or via facsimile.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Eighth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Debra L. Wellborn as an associate judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Wellborn received her undergraduate degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, and her Juris Doctor in 1986 from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Wellborn is currently affiliated with the State of Illinois Attorney General's Office in Quincy, IL.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride is seeking public comment on three finalists who have applied to fill a judicial vacancy in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. Justice Kilbride uses an extensive application, evaluation, and interview process to make a recommendation to the Court for judicial vacancies in the Third Judicial District.

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman announced Tuesday the Illinois Supreme Court's appointment of DeWitt County State's Atty. Karle Eric Koritz to fill the judicial vacancy of Resident Circuit Judge of DeWitt County in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The appointment is effective December 5, 2014, and will terminate December 5, 2016. He will fill the vacancy created by the death of the Honorable Garry W. Bryan.

Chief Justice Garman recommended to the Supreme Court that Mr. Koritz be appointed after an application and review process that included evaluation by a specially selected screening committee.

"This is a tremendous and humbling honor for me and I would like to thank Chief Justice Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court for the confidence they have placed in me with this appointment," said Mr. Koritz. "It has been a privilege to serve as state's attorney of DeWitt County and it will be a privilege to follow Judge Bryan to the bench."

Mr. Koritz graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2005, attending law school after teaching high school history and government for one year in the mountains of northeast Tennessee.

Following his admission to the Illinois bar in November 2005, Mr. Koritz joined the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson & Pretorius with an emphasis on defending medical malpractice cases. He joined the McLean County state's attorney's office in 2007 where he obtained extensive jury trial experience in cases ranging from simple traffic and DUIs to Class X felonies, including homicide.

In 2008, he was named "Hero of the Highway" by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

He was elected state's attorney in November 2012.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis announced on Tuesday an application process for two countywide vacancies in the Cook County Circuit Court.

It is believed to be the first time an open application process has been used in the Supreme Court appointment for at-large judicial vacancies in Cook County. Justice Theis currently uses an open application process in her recommended appointments to subcircuits in Cook County.