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9 lawyers vying for 6th Circuit judge

MONTICELLO, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court has formed a committee to pick a replacement for Judge John Shonkwiler of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Shonkwiler is retiring July 31, and nine attorneys are being considered to replace him.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports that the committee will interview each lawyer and make a recommendation to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman. Garman and the rest of the justices will then decide.

The attorneys are: Timothy Tighe of Decatur; Debra Seaton of South Holland; Shig Yasunaga of Champaign; and David Cox, William Finson, John Foltz, Dana Rhoades, Roger Simpson and Gary Webber, all of Monticello.

Shonkwiler has been chief judge since 1994 in the east-central Illinois district that includes Piatt, Champaign, Macon, Douglas, Moultrie and DeWitt counties.

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