After a legal career of more than four decades, McLean County Circuit Judge Charles Reynard says he's retiring at the end of the year. Reynard has spent 13 years as a judge, nearly 16 before that as McLean County State's Attorney, and another 14 years in private practice and as an assistant prosecutor.
He says he's not sure exactly what the next chapter will bring in his life.
Reynard says the highlight has been the last five years in family law cases serving huge needs.
Reynard says family court requires people in all parts of the complex justice system to be passionate about serving the huge needs of the people coming for service.
Reynard says he hopes he has another book of poetry in him as well as other writing projects. He also plans to continue teaching and will remain involved in the law.
Associate Judge Mark Fellheimer of Livinston County is expected to announce his candidacy for the full circuit position.