Retired federal judge Michael McCuskey appointed in 10th Judicial Circuit

By WEEK Producer

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Retired U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey has been appointed as Resident Circuit Judge of Marshall County in the 10th Judicial Circuit.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday the assignment of McCuskey is effective July 3, 2014. His term will end when the position is filled by election in December of 2016.

“I want to thank the Illinois Supreme Court and Justice Kilbride for the opportunity to serve where I grew up, practiced and began my judicial career,” Judge McCuskey said. “I’m excited to return to the Illinois state court system, serving the people of the State of Illinois again; and I look forward to the variety of cases I will be hearing.”

Judge McCuskey began his judicial career in the same courtroom in Peoria County in 1988, when he served as Resident Circuit Judge of Marshall County.

He was once appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and served as Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District from 2004 through 2012. He retired from the federal bench in May.

MCuskey said he will be a candidate for the same position in the upcoming 2016 election.