By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - Applications are being accepted now for the associate judge vacancy in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
The vacancy was created with the move by Judge Rebecca Foley, who is running unopposed for the seat held by the retiring Circuit Judge James Souk.
Any attorney who is a U.S. citizen, licensed to practice law in Illinois and resides in the eleventh circuit can apply. Two original applications have to be submitted to the Director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts by Oct. 24.
The office will make sure all materials are in order and the attorneys qualify and will then interview the applicants. Circuit judges will then have 10 days to vote on the attorneys, and Eleventh Judicial Circuit Trial Court Administrator William Scanlon said the winner needs to have the majority of votes. The election period will probably fall in December.
The judicial assignment will be primarily in McLean and Logan Counties. The eleventh circuit includes Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford Counties.
The person chosen will take office around Jan. 2, 2013.
Stephanie Pawlowski can be reached at Stephanie.Pawlowski@Cumulus.com.