United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

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United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
(C.D. Ill.)
Map of the changing boundaries of the Districts of Illinois
Location Urbana, Illinois
Appeals to Seventh Circuit
Established October 2, 1978 (1978-10-02)
Judges assigned 4
Chief Judge James E. Shadid
U.S. Courthouse in downtown Peoria (2008)

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois (in case citations, C.D. Ill.) serves the residents of forty-six counties from its four courthouses. The counties are: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macoupin, Macon, Marshall, Mason, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, and Woodford counties.

The courthouses are in Peoria, Rock Island, Springfield, and Urbana.

Appeals are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The current Acting United States Attorney is Patrick D. Hansen.[1]


The United States District Court for the District of Illinois was established by a statute passed by the United States Congress on March 3, 1819, 3 Stat. 502.[2][3] The act established a single office for a judge to preside over the court. Initially, the court was not within any existing judicial circuit, and appeals from the court were taken directly to the United States Supreme Court. In 1837, Congress created the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, placing it in Chicago, Illinois and giving it jurisdiction over the District of Illinois, 5 Stat. 176.[3]

On February 13, 1855, by 10 Stat. 606, the District of Illinois was subdivided into Northern and the Southern Districts.[3] An Eastern District was created on March 3, 1905 by 33 Stat. 992,[3] by splitting counties out of the Northern and Southern Districts. It was later eliminated in a reorganization on October 2, 1978 which replaced it with the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois District, 92 Stat. 883.[3] The newly created Central District was formed primarily from parts of the Southern District, and returned some counties to the Northern District. Some judges from both the Eastern and Southern Districts were transferred to the Central District by operation of law.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
9 Chief Judge James E. Shadid Peoria 1957 2011–present 2012–present Obama
10 District Judge Sue E. Myerscough Springfield 1951 2011–present Obama
11 District Judge Sara Lynn Darrow Rock Island 1970 2011–present Obama
12 District Judge Colin S. Bruce Urbana 1965 2013–present Obama
3 Senior Judge Harold A. Baker Urbana 1929 1978–1994 1984–1991 1994–present Carter
4 Senior Judge Michael M. Mihm Peoria 1943 1982–2009 1991–1998 2009–present Reagan
5 Senior Judge Richard Henry Mills Springfield 1929 1985–1997 1997–present Reagan
6 Senior Judge Joe Billy McDade Peoria 1937 1991–2010 1998–2004 2010–present G.H.W. Bush

Former Judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
Wise, Henry SeilerHenry Seiler Wise IL 1909–1982 1979–1982[Note 1] Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
1 Morgan, Robert DaleRobert Dale Morgan IL 1912–2002 1979–1982[Note 2] 1979–1982 1982–2002 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
2 Ackerman, James WaldoJames Waldo Ackerman IL 1926–1984 1979–1984[Note 3] 1982–1984 Ford, Ford death
7 McCuskey, Michael P.Michael P. McCuskey IL 1948–present 1998–2013 2004–2012[4] 2013–2014 Clinton, Clinton retirement
8 Scott, Jeanne E.Jeanne E. Scott IL 1948–present 1998–2010 Clinton, Clinton resignation
  1. ^ Reassigned from Eastern District
  2. ^ Reassigned from Eastern District
  3. ^ Reassigned from Eastern District

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Office of the United States Attorneys". Executive Office for United States Attorneys. United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 393.
  3. ^ a b c d e U.S. District Courts of Illinois, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ "Michael McCuskey - Board Chair". Normal, Illinois: Illinois State University. Retrieved 2012-03-16.  While Illinois State University's Trustee biography says that McCuskey's chief judge term started on December 14, 2004, Andy Kravetz in the Peoria Journal Star says "since 2005". "Shadid takes oath as chief judge". Peoria Journal Star. Peoria, Illinois: GateHouse Media. March 13, 2012. p. B1. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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Coordinates: 40°41′42″N 89°35′30″W / 40.69500°N 89.59167°W / 40.69500; -89.59167