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 spent three years (1977-80) on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and was discharged from active duty on January 8, 1980 as a sergeant. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland (1983, summa cum laude) and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law (1987, cum laude). Prior to joining the bench, he was a partner in the Rockford law firm of WilliamsMcCarthyLLP (1987-2016), concentrating in litigation of civil rights, employment discrimination and labor law matters, primarily on behalf of units of local government. He was appointed to the bench in November, 2016. 

Assigned Docket

Before Judge Balogh is the initially assigned judge for most civil cases filed in Boone County.  During non-jury weeks, Judge Balogh's general court schedule is as follows:


Specially set bench trials, hearings and/or pre-trial conferences

Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:00 am        Probate & guardianship, tax and MR status/motion call

11:00 am - 12:00 pm      Specially set hearings or pre-trials

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm          Foreclosure status/motion call

                                       3rd week of month, PACT/CMC status call

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm          Judge set matters

Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm        Dissolution & parentage status/motion call (Represented parties)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm         Dissolution & parentage status/motion call (Self-represented parties)                      

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm          Prove-up of grounds (Self-represented parties)

Thursday  Specially set bench trials, hearings and/or pre-trial conferences
Friday  9:00 am - 10:45 am         Law & arbitration status/motion call

10:45 am - 11:00 am       Evictions

11:00 am - 12:00 pm       Hearings and bench trials

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm           Judge set hearings/bench trials/motions

Local Rules regarding motion practice -- http://17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov/local-rules/part-10-00-hearings-on-motions-civil


Local Rules regarding pretrial practice -- http://17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov/local-rules/part-11-00-proceedings-before-trial-civil


General Orders regarding Family Law -- http://17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov/general-orders/family-division-general-order-no-4

Forms -- http://17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov/appendix-forms

Courtesy Copies: 

Any time Judge Balogh is to be provided with a judge’s copy of a pleading, memorandum or brief, in lieu of providing a paper copy, a PDF copy should be emailed directly to the judge with a copy to all parties or counsel of record at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Rockford, IL 61101