Illinois Supreme Court appoints Thomas Keith to Stark County Circuit Court

By WEEK Reporter

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced on Friday that the Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Thomas Keith to fill a judicial vacancy for the Stark County Resident Circuit Court Judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit.

Kilbride said in a news release that Keith brings an uncommonly rich and diverse background to the judiciary.

Keith did not begin law school until he was in his forties. Prior to law school, he worked as an electrician and as a grain and livestock farmer in Stark County.

Since 1994, he has served as an assistant U.S. Attorney. Most of his service has been with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria, but also served in Washington, D.C. as national coordinator for cybercrime for the Department of Justice.

"Mr. Keith brings to the bench a vast wealth of experiences, not just as a lawyer, but as a farmer, an electrician and an active community volunteer," Chief Justice Kilbride said. "He has a strong legal resume, with extensive federal trial and appellate experience."

Keith will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stuart P. Borden. His appointment is effective April 5, 2013.

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