Justice Eugene Daugherity of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial District, has retired, and the Illinois Supreme Court has assigned Justice Adrienne Albrecht to the Third District to fill that vacancy. Justice Albrecht's assignment took effect December 12, 2022.
Justice Daugherity had been appointed to the Third District to fill the vacancy created by Justice Robert E. Carter's appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2020. Justice Daugherity was first appointed to the bench in 2001 in the Circuit Court for Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. He was elected to the circuit court in November 2002 and was retained in 2008, 2014, and 2020. Justice Daugherity served as the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division in LaSalle County from January 2010 to his appointment to the appellate court.
Before joining the bench, Justice Daugherity worked in private practice in Ottawa, Illinois, since 1982. Justice Daugherity earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law, where he graduated with honors.
Justice Albrecht served as a resident circuit judge on the Circuit Court for the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit in Kankakee County from 2006 until her retirement in 2022. She won election in 2008 and retention in 2014.
Before serving on the bench, Justice Albrecht worked for 26 years in private practice. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law.
The Illinois Supreme Court's announcement of Justice Albrecht's assignment to the Third District can be found here. The ALA congratulates Justice Daugherity on his retirement and distinguished career, and congratulates Justice Albrecht on her assignment to the Third District.