Eleventh Judicial Circuit Carla Barnes Becomes First Black Woman On 11th Circuit Bench By Edith Brady-Lunny & Dana Vollmer • Jan 12, 2021 MCLEAN COUNTY GOVERNMENT / RALPH WEISHEIT / WGLT 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. Probation Officers Seek New Tools To Reduce Prison Numbers By Edith Brady-Lunny • Oct 23, 2019 IPCSA 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. Logan County State's Attorney Named Circuit Judge By Eric Stock • Dec 20, 2018 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. Alderman, Others Apply For Vacant Judgeships By Ryan Denham • Oct 16, 2018 Staff / WGLT 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. Reporters Urged To Use Courtroom Access In Illinois By WGLT staff • Sep 17, 2018 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. Two More Judges Confirm Retirement Plans In December By Ryan Denham • Sep 13, 2018 Ryan Denham / WGLT It’ll be a bench-clearing fall for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Retiring Judge Reflects On Career Spent Protecting Children—Sometimes From Parents By Ryan Denham • Jun 26, 2018 Ryan Denham / WGLT 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. Chambers Picked For Judgeship, Starting In August By Ryan Denham & Charlie Schlenker • Jun 4, 2018 Ryan Denham / WGLT McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers has been chosen to become a judge, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday. Four Applicants Seek Freitag's Spot on Eleventh Circuit Bench By Ryan Denham • Apr 19, 2018 Illinois State University Four applicants have applied to fill a vacant judgeship on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. New Chief Circuit Judge Picked By Charlie Schlenker • Apr 6, 2018 Will Scanlon / Eleventh Judicial Circuit The new chief judge for the circuit that includes McLean County is Mark Fellheimer. Judge Fitzgerald Moves Up Retirement To Avoid Empty Bench By Ryan Denham • Apr 5, 2018 Baylee Steelman / WGLT 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.