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Notice of vacancy for an at-large circuit judge in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit


Justice Lisa Holder White of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Circuit Judge – At Large vacancy in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge Joseph G. McGraw on July 5, 2023. Judge McGraw has been a Circuit Judge for 21½ years.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. The application process will lead to final Court approval.

Notice of the vacancy has been posted in the courthouses throughout the Circuit. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Illinois Supreme Court’s website at: and following the instructions in the Latest News scroller announcing the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit vacancy.

Deadline for submission of an application is June 9, 2023.

The applications will undergo an evaluation and screening process. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until the first Monday in December following the November 2024 general election.

To be eligible for consideration for appointment, the applicant must be a lawyer licensed to practice law in Illinois.

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit includes Winnebago and Boone counties.