Three to vie for open judge spot in Schuyler County

Posted: Jun. 6, 2014 10:17 pm Updated: Jun. 27, 2014 11:15 pm


RUSHVILLE, Ill. -- Three people are vying to fill a vacancy for a judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. A resident circuit judge vacancy has been created in Schuyler County with the announced retirement of Judge Alesia McMillen.

The three vying for the post are Associate Judge Scott Butler of Rushville, Brown County State's Attorney Mark Vincent of Mount Sterling and Mark Hill, an attorney based in Winchester,.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman announced Friday the formation of a judicial screening committee. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Illinois Supreme Court holds the authority to fill interim judicial vacancies until the next general election. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until Dec. 5, 2016, when the position will be filled by the 2016 general election.

A seven-person screening committee has been formed. Four of the committee members are non-lawyers and three are lawyers.

The non-lawyer members of the committee are Tom Kerr, Jacqueline Redbman and Lynn Stambaugh of Rushville and Mount Sterling resident James Tracy. Lawyers on the committee are Thomas Brownfield of Havana, Gary Farha of Quincy and Robert Jones of Rushville. Brownfield will serve as the chairman of the committee.

The public is invited to submit comments concerning the applicants in care of Stambaugh, the committee secretary, Eighth Judicial Screening Committee, 238 S. Congress, Rushville, IL, 62681. Comments should be received by 3 p.m. on July 23.

After the committee has received public input, gathered information and interviewed each of the applicants, it will report its findings to Garman, who will make a recommendation to the Supreme Court.

The Eighth Judicial Circuit is made up of courts in Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Mason, Menard, Pike and Schuyler counties.