Kane County Circuit Judge James Hallock will seek another six years on the bench.
Monday, Hallock announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination to keep his position presiding over one of the county’s felony courtrooms.
“I’m 62, and I think I’m still young and healthy. I have the experience, and I am definitely enjoying the job,” Hallock said. “And I’d like to keep doing it and serving the people of this county.”
Hallock has served as a judge in the county since the early 1990s, when he was appointed as an associate judge in Illinois’ 16th Judicial Circuit.
Before his appointment in 1992, Hallock, of Elgin, worked as a lawyer at the firm of Wilder and Hallock.
During his time on the bench, Hallock has moved up the ranks, beginning in traffic and misdemeanor court. Since then, he has served in family court, DUI court and in courtrooms hearing cases concerning domestic violence and orders of protection.
“My experience as a trial judge has included trials ranging from violations of handicapped parking to murders,” Hallock said.
In recent years, Hallock has overseen some higher-profile cases, including presiding at the 2012 trial of Jack D. McCullough, a 72-year-old man charged with the 1957 abduction and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph.
Hallock was appointed as a new circuit felony court judge in 2012, replacing retiring Judge Timothy O. Sheldon.
Hallock noted there are only two other judges now serving in Kane County with more judicial experience than him.
He was appointed to complete the remainder of Sheldon’s term on the bench, which will expire in 2014. At that time, a judge will be elected to place a judge in that role for a six-year term.
The seat for which Hallock is running will be designated on the ballot as “New Judgeship A” in the 3rd Sub-circuit of the 16th Judicial Circuit.
Kane County voters will elect two judges to serve on the bench next year.
In addition to the position now held by Hallock, voters will select a judge to replace retiring Circuit Judge Karen Simpson.
To date, Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler and Kane County Associate Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny are running in that race.