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The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced the following certified list of candidates who have applied for the associate judge vacancy in the 17th Circuit based on the impending retirement of Associate Judge John H. Young:

Erin B. Buhl  Richard M. Butera   Jessica A. Cushard
David M. Gill    Erin C. Hannigan Erik K. Jacobs
Joseph B. Kosek    Maureen M. Lawson     Matthew R. Leisten   
Lise M. Lombardo  Andrew J. Mertzenich    Nathan J. Noble
Amy K. Peterman    Todd A. Ramlow     Tina L. Rippy
Derrick J. Schmidt     Andrew T. Smith     Kelly A. Vecchio      
Paul R. Vella     Tamika R. Walker    Timothy K. Whitham
Jeffrey J. Zucchi    







The Circuit Judges of the 17th Circuit are inviting written comment regarding these candidates from all interested individuals and organizations.   Comments must be in writing and received by the Chief Judge no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2021. Anonymous letters will not be accepted. Letters will be placed in each of the candidate’s files. There shall be no other direct or indirect contact with any Circuit or Associate Judge regarding an individual’s candidacy.

Anyone wishing to comment should direct their correspondence by U.S. mail to Chief Judge Eugene G. Doherty, Winnebago County Courthouse, 400 West State Street, Suite 215, Rockford, IL 61101 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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