Nearly 19 months after taking office, President Donald Trump announced Thursday his nominee to become the top federal prosecutor for the Central District of Illinois.
The White House said Trump picked Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser to become the next U.S. attorney for Central Illinois. That district includes McLean County.
Milhiser first joined the Sangamon County state’s attorney’s office in 1997 and has been in the top job since 2010. Milhiser continues to try serious felony cases, including first degree murder, armed violence, attempt murder of a police officer, and sexual assault cases, the White House said. Milhiser is active in the community and is the current president of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.
If confirmed by the Senate, Milhiser will take over from interim U.S. Attorney John Childress, who’s been in the job since November 2017. Milhiser’s been considered a front-runner for the job since last year.
The Central District of Illinois is based in Springfield and covers 46 counties. McLean County is served by the branch office in Peoria.
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