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Carla Barnes

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. | McLean County Public Defender Carla Barnes has been appointed as the first Black woman to serve as a circuit judge in Illinois’ 11th Judicial Circuit.

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After more than two decades as a judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Scott Drazewski left the bench in Courtroom 5A for the last time on Dec. 31, satisfied with his accomplishments and eager to meet the challenges that may lie ahead.

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Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge Scott Drazewski will retire Dec. 31 after 23 years on the bench, according to a statement Monday from Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Rita Garmin.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has named two Bloomington attorneys to associate judge positions.

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Two years after the Illinois Supreme Court decided to permanently allow cameras and microphones in courthouses, only half of counties statewide have actually implemented broadcast trial coverage.


Judges in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit have filled one of the vacancies on the bench.