McCuskey says time on bench nearing an end

McCuskey says time on bench nearing an end

The time on the bench could soon be coming to a close for a federal judge in Illinois.

Judge Michael McCuskey addressed his future on Thursday on A Penny For Your Thoughts on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS.  He said he'll achieve what's known as "senior status" on July 1, where he will be 65 years old with 15 years of service.

At that time, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin will ramp up efforts to search for McCuskey's replacement.

McCuskey said he will stay on the job until his replacement is named, and he may even stay on for some time after that, although he's not sure how long that will be.

Either way, McCuskey said he wants to make sure he lives an active life in retirement.

McCuskey also said that he expects fewer applicants for a federal judge position than in years past.  He said being a state judge pays better, and that the job of a federal judge is very time consuming and stressful.

You can hear the full interview with McCuskey here.