Macon County associate judge named to circuit vacancy

Macon County associate judge named to circuit vacancy

SPRINGFIELD — A 19-year associate judge in Macon County has been appointed as that county's newest circuit judge.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman announced Monday that Tim Steadman has been appointed resident judge, filling the vacancy created by the recent permanent appointment of Lisa Holder White to the Fourth District Appellate Court in Springfield.

Steadman's appointment is effective until December 2016. He plans to run for election to the seat in November 2016.

Steadman, who was an assistant state's attorney in Champaign County from 1983 to 1985 and later an assistant state's attorney in Macon County, has presided primarily over felony cases in Decatur for several years as well as other assignments.

His promotion means the judges of the Sixth Circuit will now have to choose another associate judge for Macon County. However, that process can't start until the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts officially declares his associate judgeship open.

Chief Judge Dan Flannell said it's his hope that will happen soon so that a new associate can be on the bench by mid-September and that Champaign County judges, who have been traveling to Decatur two days a week to fill in, can stop the commute by late August.

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