Rene Cruz gets help donning his judicial robes from his parents Florencio and Celia Thursday before being sworn in as a 16th Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Thursday in St. Charles. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 18, 2013 6:07AM
Thursday saw a pair of firsts for the Kane County court system, as three judges took their places on the bench in a swearing-in ceremony at the branch court in Geneva.
Rene Cruz of Aurora becomes the first Hispanic judge in Kane’s history, while John Dalton becomes the first openly gay judge for the 16th Circuit.
Also sworn in Thursday was Judge John Barsanti, a former Kane County state’s attorney.