Michael P. McCuskey
|Michael P. McCuskey|
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
June 30, 2013
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
2004 – 2012
|Preceded by||Joe Billy McDade|
|Succeeded by||James E. Shadid|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
April 3, 1998 – June 30, 2013
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Harold A. Baker|
|Succeeded by||Colin S. Bruce|
June 30, 1948 |
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Huber McCuskey|
|Alma mater||Illinois State University
Saint Louis University School of Law
Michael Patrick McCuskey (born June 30, 1948, Peoria, Illinois) is a retired United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, with chambers in Urbana, Illinois. He became a judge in 1998 by way of nomination by President President Bill Clinton. He is also chairman of Illinois State University Board of Trustees, for a term expiring in January 2017.
In 1966, McCuskey graduated in a class of 16 students at Sparland High School,[Note 1] Sparland, Illinois. He was recruited to Illinois State University in 1966 by baseball coach Duffy Bass, who told McCuskey about the new Political Science department starting at ISU that autumn. While at ISU, he was a member of the 1969 baseball team that played in the NCAA College Division championships; a sore arm ended his pitching career. McCuskey received a B.S. from Illinois State University in 1970 as part the first class to graduate from ISU's Political Science department. Following graduation, he was a baseball coach and history teacher at Ottawa Township High School, Ottawa, Illinois for two years, then entered the Saint Louis University School of Law, where he received his J.D. in 1975.
He was in private practice as a partner in the law firm of Pace, McCuskey and Galley in Lacon, Illinois from 1975 to 1988, and was also the chief public defender of Marshall County, Illinois, from 1976 to 1988.
He was elected an Illinois state circuit court judge on the Tenth Judicial Circuit from 1988 to 1990, where he sat in felony court at Peoria. He was a Justice on the Third District Appellate Court of the State of Illinois from 1990 to 1998. He was nominated for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois by President Bill Clinton on July 31, 1997, to a seat vacated by Harold A. Baker. McCuskey was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 2, 1998, and received his commission on April 3, 1998. He served as chief judge of the district from December 14, 2004 to March 12, 2012, when he swore in successor James E. Shadid. He took senior status on June 30, 2013, and retired from the bench on May 31, 2014. He was succeeded by Judge Colin S. Bruce.
- Sparland High School was consolidated into the current Midland High School.
- "Michael McCuskey - Board Chair". Normal, Illinois: Illinois State University. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- Illinois State University's Trustee biography says that McCuskey's chief judge term started on December 14, 2004; Greyheart says only December 2004; the Federal Judicial Center biography says only 2004; Kravetz in the Peoria Journal Star says "since 2005".
- Kravetz, Andy (March 13, 2012). "Shadid takes oath as chief judge". Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, Illinois: GateHouse Media). p. B1. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Sentencing and the Federal Judiciary" (Press release). Champaign, Illinois: American Constitution Society, University of Illinois College of Law. 2004-08-17. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- Graybill, Elaine (Spring 2006). "Illinois State University was a home run for Judge Michael McCuskey '70". Political Science News & Views (newsletter) (Normal, Illinois: Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University). Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- Michael P. McCuskey at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
- Michael P. McCuskey at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.