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Judicial Appointments

Chief Circuit Judge Kathryn E. Creswell is pleased to announce that following a Feb. 25, 2015 meeting of the Circuit Judges of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court, two finalists for the office of Associate Judge have been selected and certified to the Supreme Court. The finalists are seeking to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Paul M. Fullerton to Circuit Judge. From these names, the Circuit Judges will select one appointee by secret ballot.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Tuesday that the Twelfth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Arkadiusz Z. Smigielski as an associate judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Smigielski received his undergraduate degree in 1985 from DePaul University in Chicago, and his Juris Doctor in 1988 from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. Mr. Smigielski is currently affiliated with the Law Offices of Smigielski & Wrobel in Homer Glen.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Thomas B. Cannady, received the majority of votes cast by the circuit judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Mr. Cannady received his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Cannady is currently affiliated with Cannady and AuBuchon in Belleville.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Friday that the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Anne T. Hayes as an associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Hayes received her undergraduate degree in 1996 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and her Juris Doctor in 2004 from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Hayes is currently affiliated with the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office in Wheaton, Illinois.

Chief Judge Kathryn E. Cresswell has announced that applications for the Office of Associate Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, DuPage County, have been received from those on the list below. The vacancy is the result of the elevation of Associate Judge Paul M. Fullerton to Circuit Judge.

As part of the review process before the Circuit Judges, Chief Judge Creswell invites public comment by letter before Feb. 17, 2015:

  • Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • 505 N. Country Farm Road, Room 2015
  • Wheaton, IL 60187

Here is the list of applicants:

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Fourth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Kevin S. Parker as associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

Chief Circuit Judge Kathryn E. Creswell is pleased to announce that following a January 21, 2015 meeting of the Circuit Judges of the 18th Circuit Court, two finalists for the Office of Associate Judge have been selected and certified to the Illinois Supreme Court. The finalists are seeking to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Liam C. Brennan to Circuit Judge. From these names, the Circuit Judges will select one appointee by secret ballot.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman announced Wednesday the formation of a judicial screening committee for the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Chief Justice Garman established the screening committee to assess the qualifications of those persons who have applied for appointment to the at-large Circuit Court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Patrick J. Londrigan on December 8, 2014. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court holds the authority to fill interim judicial vacancies until the next General Election.

The Illinois Supreme Court and Justice Mary Jane Theis announced Friday the appointment of Chicago attorneys Alison C. Conlon and Rossana P. Fernandez as Cook County Circuit Judges.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Wednesday the appointment of Alexander County State's Attorney Jeffery Blaine Farris as resident Circuit Judge in the First Judicial Circuit. He was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stephen Spomer on November 30, 2014.

Mr. Farris' appointment is effective January 16, 2015 and will terminate December 5, 2016 when the position will be filled by the 2016 General Election.