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Eleventh Judicial Circuit

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.

Sharjeel Rizvi

Hundreds of probation officers from across Illinois are in Normal this week to learn new methods to help offenders stay in the community and further reduce the state’s incarceration rate.

Jonathan Wright
Logan County

The Illinois Supreme Court has tabbed Logan County State’s Attorney Jonathan Wright to serve as a circuit judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Amelia at a meeting
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UPDATED 2:40 p.m. | Bloomington Alderman Amelia Buragas is one of 22 people who’ve applied for two vacant judgeships on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, officials said Tuesday.

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Photo courtesty of Lee Milner, Illinois News Broadcasters Association

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.

David Butler on a mic
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It’ll be a bench-clearing fall for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

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For judges, every assignment has its challenges. The sheer volume of traffic court. The complexity of a murder or financial crimes case. The trailblazing nature of a specialty drug court.

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McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers has been chosen to become a judge, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday.

Illinois State University

Four applicants have applied to fill a vacant judgeship on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Will Scanlon / Eleventh Judicial Circuit

The new chief judge for the circuit that includes McLean County is Mark Fellheimer.

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Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald said Thursday he’ll move up his retirement date to this summer so the Eleventh Judicial Circuit avoids having too many vacancies on the bench later this year.