The Director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, Marcia Meis, has certified the results of the balloting by circuit judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in the selection process to fill two pending associate judge vacancies. The successful candidates are current Peoria County Bar Association members Daniel M. Cordis and Derek G. Asbury.
Mr. Cordis will fill the vacancy created by the expiration of the term of former judge Kirk D. Schoenbein and will be temporarily assigned to a civil courtroom in Tazewell County. Mr. Cordis, a 2005 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, has engaged in the general practice of law, with an emphasis on family and estate law, with the Princeville based Cordis Law Office, LLC, since 2009. His judicial mentor will be judge Katherine Gorman.
Mr. Asbury will fill the vacancy to be created upon the October 2019 retirement of current judge Kim L. Kelley and will be temporarily assigned to a traffic courtroom in Tazewell County. Mr. Asbury, a 2002 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, has engaged in the general practice of law, with an emphasis on family and criminal law, at his own Peoria based solo law practice since 2005. His judicial mentor will be judge Lisa Wilson.
The swearing in dates, times and locations, and the starting date of each new judge will be posted on the Tenth Circuit Court website, 10thcircuitcourtil.org, when officially authorized and determined.
The Tenth Circuit is comprised of Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties. There are 10 circuit judges elected by citizens within the Circuit to serve six-year terms, who then run for retention in the general election cycle every six years thereafter. There are 11 associate judges in the Tenth Circuit who are chosen by vote of the circuit judges to serve four-year terms, who then are considered for reappointment by the circuit judges every four years thereafter.
Paul P. Gilfillan, chief judge