23rd Circuit

The 23rd Judicial Circuit, that covers Kendall and DeKalb Counties, has selected a new associate judge to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Brady in DeKalb County.

Officials with the court say that Joseph Pedersen of Malta has been selected for the seat. Pedersen currently serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Rockford office of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and is responsible for criminal and civil prosecutions.

He was previously an Assistant State's Attorney in DeKalb County and has been an attorney for 23 years.

Pedersen is a graduate of the University of Iowa Law School and Northern Illinois University. Officials say Pedersen will be sworn-in on July 31st at the DeKalb County Courthouse and will take the bench on August 1st.

Chief Judge Robert Pilmer says in a statement that Pedersen is a, "hard worker with a excellent reputation" and, "he will make a great judge."

Associate judges are selected by the Circuit Judges of the 23rd Circuit to serve for a four-year term. Pedersen was selected from a group of 16 individuals who applied for the vacancy. Brady's term ends on June 30th.

The news follows the recent announcement of incoming Judge Jody Gleason of Bristol, who leaves the Kane County State's Attorney's Office to become a judge in Kendall County. She was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the remaining term of retiring Judge Timothy McCann.

Effective July 15th, Gleason would be seated as a residential circuit judge in Kendall County to fill the seat until December 7, 2020.

Gleason would then be required to run for election to hold the seat.

Meanwhile, several judges who serve in Kendall and DeKalb Counties were re-appointed to their seats for four-year terms. Associate Judges John McAdams Marcy Buick, Joseph Voiland, and Philip Montgomery have all been re-appointed to terms beginning July 1st.

Judge McAdams was first appointed to the bench in February of 2011. He is currently assigned to family court in Kendall County and presides over the Kendall County Drug Court.

Judge Voiland was appointed in November of 2014 and is assigned to family court in Kendall County.

Judge Buick was appointed to the bench in September of 2011. She currently presides over family law cases and juvenile matters in DeKalb County.

Judge Montgomery was also appointed in November of 2011, and currently presides over various criminal matters in DeKalb County.

Every four years, Circuit Judges in each Judicial Circuit throughout the State of Illinois vote on the reappointment of Associate Judges who seek reappointment.