United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois is the United States district court for central Illinois. It serves the residents of forty-six counties from its four courthouses. The counties are:
Counties served by the court
Adams, Brown, Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macoupin, Macon, Marshall, Mason, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, Woodford
Location of courthouses
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has zero vacancies out of their four posts. There is one pending appointment for the district.
The Central District of Illinois has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any all judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The Central District of Illinois has three separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Peoria Division||309 U.S. Courthouse
100 N.E. Monroe Street
|Rock Island Division||40 U.S. Courthouse
211 19th Street
|Springfield Division||151 U.S. Courthouse
600 E. Monroe Street
|Urbana Division||218 U.S. Courthouse
201 S. Vine Street
Illinois was established as one judicial district by Congress on March 3, 1819 with one post to cover the entire state. The district court was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.
Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois on March 3, 1837, and established a United States circuit court within the district and assigned it over to the Seventh Circuit.
Illinois divided into two judicial districts on February 13, 1855. The districts were known as the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Illinois. One judgeship was assigned to each district and the District of Illinois was assigned over to the Northern District of Illinois.
The Eastern District of Illinois was established on March 3, 1905. One judgeship was authorized for the district court, as well as an additional judgeship to the Northern District of Illinois. Illinois was again reorganized into the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the Southern District of Illinois on October 2, 1978. Thirteen judgeships were assigned for the Northern District of Illinois, two for the Central District of Illinois, and two for the Southern District of Illinois. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 4 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Central District of Illinois:
|March 3, 1819||3 Stat. 502||1|
|October 2, 1978||92 Stat. 883||2|
|March 30, 1979||93 Stat. 6||3|
|November 2, 2002||116 Stat. 1758||4|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Central District of Illinois.
Four separate courthouses serve the Central District of Illinois.
For new stories and other related material see Illinois judicial news.
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois Official Website
- Judges of the Central District of Illinois
- Official Opinions of the Central District of Illinois
- United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois Official Website
|2.1 Active Judges|
|2.1.1 Article III judges|
|2.1.2 Pending appointments|
|2.1.3 Senior judges|
|2.2 Past judges|
|2.2.1 Former Chief judges|
|2.2.2 Former judges|
Article III judgesSee: Article III federal judge
The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois has 4 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Michael McCuskey. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Sue Myerscough||1951||Springfield, IL||Obama||3/14/2011 - Present||Jeanne Scott||Southern Illinois U., B.A., 1973||Southern Illinois U. School of Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Michael McCuskey||1948||Peoria, IL||Clinton||4/3/1998 - Present||2004 - 4/4/2012||Harold Baker||Illinois State U., B.S., 1970||Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1975|
|Chief Judge James E. Shadid||1957||Peoria, IL||Obama||3/10/2011 - Present||3/12/2012 - Present||Michael Mihm||Bradley U., B.S., 1979||John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1983|
|Judge Sara Lynn Darrow||1970||Pontiac, MI||Obama||8/3/2011 - Present||Joe McDade||Marquette U., B.A., 1992||Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1997|
Pending appointmentsThe United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois has 1 appointee pending and 0 vacancies. This is a list of the current pending appointees to the court:
|Colin Stirling Bruce||U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1986||U. of Illinois Law, J.D., 1989|
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois has 4 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Michael Mihm||Reagan||8/6/1982 - 10/1/2009||1991 - 1998||10/1/2009 - Present||Loras College, B.A., 1964||Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1967|
|Senior Judge Richard Mills||Reagan||7/22/1985 - 10/7/1997||10/7/1997 - Present||Illinois College, B.A., 1951||Mercer U. School of Law, J.D., 1957|
|Senior Judge Joe McDade||H.W. Bush||11/25/1991 - 2/28/2010||1998 - 2004||2/28/2010 - Present||Bradley U., B.S., 1959||U. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1963|
|Senior Judge Harold Baker||Carter||3/31/1979 - 10/4/1994||1984 - 1991||10/4/1994 - Present||U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A.B., 1951||U. of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1956|
|Magistrate Judge David Bernthal||1995 - Present||U. of Illinois, B.A., 1972||U. of Illinois Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge John Gorman||02/18/2000 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore|
Former Chief judges
|James Ackerman||1982 - 1984|
|Robert Morgan||1979 - 1982|
|Harold Baker||1984 - 1991|
|Joe McDade||1998 - 2004|
|Michael Mihm||1991 - 1998|
In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||David Bernthal • John Gorman • Byron Cudmore •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|