Hon. Stephen E. Balogh

Associate Judge Stephen E. Balogh

Assignment – Civil Division/Family Law Division

Administrative Support: Toni Hagerman 
Chambers Telephone: 815-319-4856
Chambers Facsimile: 815-319-4809

Winnebago County Courthouse
Courtroom 451


Before attending college, Judge Balogh was on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He obtained a bachelor of science from the University of Maryland and a juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the bench on November 7, 2016, he was a partner with the Rockford, Illinois, law firm of WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, where he was part of the firm’s litigation group.

Assigned Docket

Monday:          a.m.:    State enforced support/judge set hearings and pretrial conferences;

                        p.m.:    Evictions in courtroom 125.

Tuesday:         a.m.:    Case management conferences and prove-up of grounds;

                        p.m.:    Status hearings.

Wednesday:    a.m.:    Judge set motions and self-represented litigants;

                        p.m.:    Evictions in courtroom 125.

Thursday:        Judge set bench trials, hearings and pretrial conferences

Friday:             Judge set bench trials, hearings and pretrial conferences

Courtesty Copies

Do not send any paper to Judge Balogh. Judge’s copies of motions, position statements, memoranda and other pleadings should be sent as PDF copies directly to the judge’s email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any correspondence to the judge must be copied to the opposing counsel, or if self-represented, to the opposing party.

Useful Links

Local Rules regarding motion practice

Local Rules regarding pretrial practice

General Orders regarding Family Law

Circuit Forms

Supreme Court Forms


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Virtual Court

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Records Search and Payments

Local Rules


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