Staff Directory

Administration and Judicial Support

Court Administration

Thomas Jakeway
Trial Court Administrator
Phone: 815-319-4806
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Michael Smith
Deputy Court Administrator
Phone: 815-319-4806
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Kimberly Ackmann
Deputy Court Administrator
Phone: 815-319-4806
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Judicial Support

Kathleen Fink
Administrative Assistant to Chief Judge Eugene G. Doherty
Phone: 815-319-4800
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Nina Ferris
Administrative Secretary - Winnebago County 4th Floor Judges
Phone: 815-319-4804
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Kristine Gibbons
Court Operations Assistant - Boone County Courthouse
Phone: 815-547-8115
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Beverly Goodson
Administrative Secretary - Winnebago County 3rd Floor Judges
Phone: 815-319-4803
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Kelsey Schorsch
Administrative Secretary - Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center & Juvenile Justice Center Judges
Phone: 815-516-2412
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Monica Minnis
Administrative Secretary - Winnebago County 2nd Floor Judges
Phone: 815-319-4802
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Kelly Rohrer
Trial Court Administration - Administrative Assistant
Phone: 815-319-4806
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Court Reporting Services

Court Reporting Services employees are responsible for making a full reporting of the courtroom proceedings presented in the trial court. It is the duty of the stenographic court reporter to record verbatim all that is said during every court proceeding to which he or she is assigned.

Presently there are a total of twenty court reporters assigned to the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. Winnebago County is headquartered to fourteen Official Court Reporters and four Court Specialists. Boone County is headquartered to two Official Court Reporters. Our court reporters are assigned to courtrooms on a rotating schedule to evenly distribute workloads and transcript volume. All Official Court Reporters are Certified Shorthand Reporters licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) has installed digital electronic recording equipment in all of the courtrooms in both Winnebago and Boone Counties. All civil courtrooms and select felony courtrooms are currently using the digital electronic recording as the official record. All of the Court Reporting Services employees are trained and certified by the AOIC to operate this equipment.

Court Reporting Supervisor

Kelly Johnson
(815) 319-4853

  

Official Court Reporters

Kathy Berg
(815) 319-4847

Sandy Brassfield
(815) 319-4836

Lisa Fernandez
(815) 319-4882

Michelle Fitch (Boone)
(815) 547-8062

LuAnn Fry
(815) 319-4838

Brittyn Higdon
(815) 319-4845

Donna Lewis
(815) 319-4841

Joan McQuinn
(815) 319-4843

Joyce Olson
(815) 319-4844

Carrie Pavlick
(815) 319-4846

Annie Roca
(815) 319-4849

 

Electronic Recording Staff

Tammy Gulley, supv.
(815) 516-2472

Dione Bowden
(815) 516-2434

Nicole Cramer
(815) 516-2472

Tracy Hefty
(815) 516-2435

Ashleigh Huston
(815) 516-2435

Gina Rubino (Boone)
(815) 547-8116

Robin Winters
(815) 516-2472

 

 

Additional Services

Winnebago County Law Library

Brian Buzard, Director
Winnebago County Courthouse
400 West State Street, Room 300
Rockford, Illinois 61101
Phone: 815-319-4965
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Alternative Dispute Resolution Center

Christine J. Hawley
Administrator for Arbitration
Phone: 815-987-7739
Fax: 815-987-7817
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Language Access Facilitator Winnebago County Courthouse

Monica Minnis
Phone: 815-319-4802
Fax: 815-319-4801
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Language Access Facilitator Boone County Courthouse

Margaret Mujica-Ruiz
Phone: 815-547-8094
Fax: 815-547-9213
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