A new circuit judge was installed in Kendall County on Friday afternoon, surrounded by colleagues, friends and family.
In front of a full courtroom and judges of the 16th and 23rd Circuits, Judge Jody Gleason took the oath of office at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville. She was sworn-in by Chief Judge Robert Pilmer.
Gleason was presented her robe from her uncle, Retired 6th Circuit Judge Jerry Patton.
A Bristol resident, Gleason leaves the Kane County State's Attorney's Office after 27 years.
Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon was among those who addressed the gallery with high praise. He referenced Gleason's work assisting in the prosecutions of Aurora's Quentin Moore, a man accused in some and convicted of other killings, stemming back to Aurora's violent gang history of the late 1980's and into the early 2000's.
McMahon also referenced Gleason's work during the special prosecution of Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago cop convicted last year of murdering Laquan McDonald.
After her installation, Judge Gleason thanked her supporters, local officials and the judiciary.
Gleason will officially begin her judicial duties in the 23rd Circuit on Monday. She is replacing, via appointment, retiring Judge Timothy McCann and will be required to seek election in 2020.