McCuskey takes state court post
When former U.S. Judge Michael McCuskey announced he was stepping down, he always was careful to point out that he was resigning from the federal bench but not retiring from his working life.
McCuskey announced Monday on the WDWS program “Penny for Your Thoughts” that he’s taken a new job that’s actually an old job.
The veteran state and federal jurist will be the next resident circuit judge in his home county of Marshall and will preside in state court in Peoria. He was named to fill the vacant judgeship by the Illinois Supreme Court, the appointment taking effect on July 3 and running until Dec. 5, 2016. The post will then be filled by election, and McCuskey indicated that he intends to run for the job.
The high court was expected to announce the appointment today. McCuskey will be filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Kevin Galley.
McCuskey began his judicial career in 1988, when he was elected to the same position he’s being appointed to now.
He was elected 1990 to the state appellate court and then appointed by former President Bill Clinton as a federal judge in 1998 the Central District of Illinois. Presiding at the federal courthouse in Urbana, He resigned his federal appointment in May.
McCuskey’s new duties will require that he move from his current home in Champaign to Lacon, where he grew up and first began practicing law.