Chief Judge Thomas J. Tedeschi Re-Elected
On October 5, 2017, the Judges of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois met in Mt. Vernon, Illinois for a quarterly judges meeting. At the meeting, an election was held to choose a Chief Judge for the term beginning January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. Chief Judge Tom Tedeschi was re-elected for the position. Chief Judge Tedeschi has served as the Chief Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois since January 1, 2014.
Chief Judge Tedeschi stated, "It is indeed an honor to have been re-elected as the Chief Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Being selected for a third term by my colleagues in the Second Circuit is indeed rewarding. I will continue to do my best for the people of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois."
In Illinois, the Chief Judge is given general administrative authority of the courts in the Circuit. The Chief Judge of each circuit is responsible for administering the detention, probation and court services departments throughout the circuit. The Chief Judges also are responsible for the personnel in Court Reporting Serivces. Illinois contains 24 Circuits and the Second Judicial Circuit is the largest geographically. It contains the most counties of any circuit in Illinois. The Second Judicial Circuit is comprised of twelve counties: Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White.
The Chief Judge of each circuit is a member of the Conference of Chief Circuit Judges which regularly meet and are often tasked with issues facing the Illinois Courts. Chief Judge Tedeschi serves as Chair of the Orientation Committee for the Conference and also is a member of the Executive Committee for Employer Group 3, which pertains to Court Reporting Services. Chief Judge Tedeschi also serves as a member of the Nominating Committee for the selection of a Chair and Vice-Chair of the Conference. Chief Judge Tedeschi resides in Franklin County with his wife, Lori Ann, and four children.