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St. Charles, Aurora lawyers are finalists for judge post

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Two Kane County lawyers will square off for an appointment to be the county’s next judge.

Thursday, the office of the chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit, Judge Judith Brawka, said the circuit judges within the circuit, which presides over cases in Kane County, have selected Robert K. Villa of St. Charles and Mark K. Wade of Aurora as finalists to be appointed associate judge.

The two lawyers were selected out of a field of 31 candidates, the news release from Brawka’s office said. The release stated that the two men will vie for the position when the circuit judges in Kane County vote in coming days.

The votes of the judges will be tallied by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state high court then will notify Brawka of the result.

Villa has practiced law since 1995, beginning in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He has practiced as a private litigator since 1998, most recently as a partner in the firm of Griffin, Villa and Williams in Geneva.

Wade has practiced law since 1983, beginning in private practice in Sandwich. He served as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Aurora from 1986 to 2005, and as a prosecutor in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office from 2006 until earlier this year.

He left that position in January to start a private practice, according to the release.

Both lawyers were recommended for the position by the Kane County Bar Association.

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