Hon. Stephen E. Balogh

Associate Judge Stephen E. Balogh

Assignment – Boone County Division

Administrative Support: Kristine Gibbons 
Chambers Telephone: 815-547-8115
Chambers Facsimile: 815-547-9213

Boone County Courthouse
Courtroom 3 / Chambers 3
601 North Main Street
Belvidere, Illinois 61008


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

Most of the civil cases filed in Boone County are initially assigned to Judge Balogh. Except when in jury trials, Judge Balogh’s weekly schedule is as follows:

Monday:            Judge set bench trials, hearings and pretrial conferences.

Tuesday:           Probate, guardianship and tax foreclosure cases in the morning

                        Adoptions, foreclosures, and family law status hearings in the afternoon

Wednesday:      Status and motions in family law matters w/attorneys in the morning

                        Status and motions in self-represented family matters from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

                        Prove-up of judgments of dissolutions (divorces) from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday:          Judge set bench trials, hearings and pretrial conferences

Friday:               LA, CH, LM, MR and AR status and motions from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.

                        Evictions from 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

                        Judge set bench trials, hearings and pretrial conferences in the afternoon

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.. Please copy opposing parties on any communication with the judge. 

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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