Chief judge of NW Illinois district steps down

ROCK ISLAND — The long-time chief judge of a northwestern Illinois judicial district says he's stepping down from the post he's held for 23 years.

The Rock Island Argus reports Jeffrey O'Connor will remain a judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit. In an administrative order released Tuesday, he said he's leaving the top post because of health reasons.

A chief judge is in charge of supervising court operations for a judicial district.

O'Connor is a former Henry County State's Attorney who was appointed to the circuit in 1982. He was elected chief judge in 1990 and won last year's election with 82 percent of the vote. His term was set to expire in 2018.

The 14th Circuit covers Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and Whiteside counties.