James Hallock announces for 3rd Sub-Circuit judgeship
From Submitted Reports October 28, 2013 11:08AM
Judsge James C. Hallock
Updated: December 1, 2013 7:16AM
ELGIN — Kane County Circuit Court Judge James C. Hallock has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for a circuit judge vacancy in the 3rd Sub-Circuit.
The position will be designated as “New Judgeship A” on the ballot for the March 18, 2014 primary.
Hallock was appointed a circuit judge in 2012 to fill the vacancy of Judge Timothy Sheldon upon his retirement that year. Prior to that, he served the 16th Judicial Circuit as an associate judge for more than 20 years.
“In my 21½ years as a judge, I have served in nearly every division in the judiciary,” Hallock said in a release announcing his candidacy. “Beginning in 1992, I was assigned to the traffic and misdemeanor division and I am currently assigned to a felony trial courtroom. Between 1992 and my current assignment, I have also been assigned to family court, DUI Court, domestic violence and orders of protections.
“My experience as a trial judge has included trials ranging from violations of handicap parking to murders. In terms of experience, there are only two sitting judges who have served on the bench longer than me. I am a mentor in the judicial mentoring program for new judges. I am looking forward to continuing my service to the people of Kane County.”
Hallock and his wife have three daughters and three grandchildren. He has lived in the Elgin area his entire life and currently resides in Plato Township in the 3rd Sub-Circuit. Prior to his appointment as a judge in 1992, he was in the general practice of law, primarily with the office of Wilder & Hallock.
Hallock has been active in the community with the Jaycees and is a past president of the Elgin Jaycees.
The release noted that for many years, the 16th Judicial Circuit consisted of three counties — Kane, Kendall and DeKalb. Recently Kendall and DeKalb split off and became the 23rd Judicial Circuit.
The 16th Judicial Circuit’s 3rd Sub-Circuit comprises approximately the western two-thirds of Kane County, essentially all of the townships except those along the Fox River, the release said.
Following the split of Kendall and DeKalb counties from Kane County, legislation designated that the next vacancy for circuit judge go to the 3rd Sub-Circuit. That next vacancy was created when Sheldon retired and his position is now designated “New Judgeship A” in the 3rd Sub-Circuit. Hallock is seeking that position.
Another judge position in the 3rd Sub-Circuit, that held by Judge Karen Simpson, also will be up for election next year after Simpson announced her pending retirement. Those who already have announced for the Republican nomination for that position are Associate Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny of Elgin and attorney D.J. Tegeler of Geneva.