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Judicial Appointments

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Monday that the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select John C. Redington as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Redington received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from Western Illinois University in Macomb and his Juris Doctor in 1990 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Redington is currently affiliated with the law firm Tess & Redington, Rochelle.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Christen L. Bishop, received most of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Ms. Bishop received her undergraduate degree in 1991 from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Illinois. Ms. Bishop is currently affiliated with the Lake County State's Attorney's Office in Waukegan.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that the Fifth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Mark E. Bovard as an associate judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Bovard received his undergraduate degree in 1994 from Eastern Illinois University in
Charleston and his Juris Doctor in 1997 from Indiana University. Mr. Bovard is currently affiliated with Heller, Holmes & Assoc., P.C. in Mattoon.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday the appointment of Wm. Hugh Finson, a longtime Monticello attorney and public servant as a resident circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Finson was appointed to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the death of longtime Piatt County Chief Judge John P. Shonkwiler. The appointment is effective September 4, 2012 and will expire December 1, 2014.

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointment of Thomas J. Carroll as a Circuit Judge of Cook County, At Large. This appointment is effective May 18, 2012, to Dec. 1, 2014. This vacancy was created by the death of the Hon. Donna Phelps Felton.


Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Circuit Court vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge John P. Shonkwiler on July 31, 2012. Judge Shonkwiler has been a resident circuit judge since 1974.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. The application process will lead to final Court approval. The applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process.

Notice of the vacancy has been posted in courthouses throughout the Circuit. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Illinois Supreme Court’s website at www.state.il.us/court and follow the instructions on the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Sixth Judicial Circuit vacancy. Original applications must be submitted via mail to:

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • attn.: Mrs. Mary Hurley
  • 3607 North Vermilion, Suite 1
  • Danville, Illinois 61832

No electronic or facsimile applications will be accepted.

Deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until the position is filled by election in November, 2014. To be eligible for consideration for appointment, the applicant must be a lawyer licensed to practice law in Illinois.

The Sixth Judicial Circuit is comprised of Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that the Third Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Donald M. Flack as an associate judge of the Third Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Flack received his undergraduate degree in 1993 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL, and his Juris Doctor in 1998 from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Flack is currently affiliated with the Flack Law Office in Wood River, IL and the MadisonCounty State’s Attorney’s Office in Edwardsville, IL.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that the Hon. Robert T. Hanson has been appointed as Circuit Judge for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, at Large. The position was previously held by the Hon. Stephen C. Pemberton, who is retiring from judicial office on July 3, 2012.

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that Robert E. Douglas has been appointed associate judge in DuPage County (18th Circuit). This appointement fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Judge C. Stanley Austin.

Mr. Douglas graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in 1982. He currently serves as an assistant with the DuPage County State's Attorneys Office. He previously served as Assistant Counsel with the Illinois State Tollway Authority (1987-2001) and was a Senior Associate with the Chicago firm of French, Rogers, Kezelis & Kominiarek (1983-1987).

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Alex F. McGimpsey, III as an associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. McGimpsey received his undergraduate degree in 1985 from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and his Juris Doctor in 1989 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. McGimpsey is currently affiliated with the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office in Wheaton.