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Newest county judge revealed

GENEVA – An Aurora lawyer has been appointed as Kane County’s newest judge.

On Monday, Illinois’ 16th Judicial Circuit announced the appointment of Rene Cruz of Aurora to the bench as an associate judge within the circuit.

In a news release announcing the appointment, court administrators said Cruz was selected from three dozen candidates.

Doug Naughton, court administrator for Kane County, said Cruz will be assigned to Family Court at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles Township.

Naughton said Cruz should begin hearing cases Monday.

Cruz is the first of four such appointed judges that court administrators have said will be appointed to Kane County’s bench by February.

The identities of the other three prospective judges have not been revealed.

Cruz, a partner in the firm of Gil and Cruz in Aurora, has practiced law for 17 years, according to a biography included with the news release.

Cruz began his career as an associated with the firm of Morelli, Cook and Peterson, in Aurora, before moving on to the firm of Barbosa and Gil.

He is a graduate of The Citadel Military College in South Carolina, and of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

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