Two Illinois judges OK'd for federal judgeships

Two Illinois judges OK'd for federal judgeships

Two Illinois judges have been confirmed to fill vacancies on the federal bench in Illinois.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced that the Senate on Monday unanimously approved Sue Myerscough of Springfield and James Shadid of Peoria for federal judgeships in the Central District of Illinois, which spans much of Illinois' midsection.

The two were nominated by President Barack Obama last year but did not complete the Senate confirmation process before the end of the 111th Congress.  They were again nominated in January.

"This day has come not a moment too soon for the Central District of Illinois," said Durbin. "Since last August, the Central District of Illinois has had only one federal district court judge with three seats vacant. The chief judge of the district, Mike McCuskey, has done a Herculean job keeping the judicial system running these past seven months. He has been tremendous. I also salute Senior Judges Michael Mihm, Joe Billy McDade, Harold Baker and Richard Mills, who have stepped up to help out in the district.

"I am pleased that today reinforcements are on their way for the Central District and I look forward to working along with my colleague Senator Kirk to fill future judicial vacancies in Illinois."

Myerscough, who has been on the 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield since 1998, was a state trial court judge in Sangamon County from 1987 to 1998.

She worked in private practice from 1981 to 1987, after serving as a judicial law clerk to federal Judge Harold Baker, who continues to hear cases in Urbana on senior status.

Shadid has served as a state trial court judge in Peoria since 2001. He was in private practice as a lawyer from 1983 to 2001, including part-time work as a Peoria County public defender and as a commissioner of the Court of Claims.