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Costigan named chief judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit

Judge Casey Costigan
Judge Casey Costigan presides over a murder trial in the courtroom at the Law and Justice Center on Jan. 25, 2021.

Judge Casey Costigan of Bloomington will become the new chief judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit next year, replacing Mark Fellheimer, whose term as chief judge expires Dec. 31.

The 11th Judicial Circuit includes McLean, Livingston, Logan, Woodford and Ford counties.

Costigan has served as a circuit judge since 2014 when he was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court. He was elected to retain the seat in 2016, and currently presides over the McLean County criminal division.

“I work with a dedicated and talented group of Judges and staff who have made the 11th circuit a leader in court operations,” Costigan said in a statement. “I look forward to working with all justice stakeholders to continue that leadership and meet the challenges the courts will face in the next several years.”

Fellheimer has served as chief judge since 2018. He will remain a circuit judge, but his time as chief judge is term limited.

The chief judge handles judicial assignments in the circuit and has administrative authority over the courts.

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