The Illinois Supreme Court assigned Thirteenth Circuit Judge Eugene P. Daugherity as an Appellate Court Justice in the Third District. Judge Daugherity was assigned to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Justice Robert E. Carter to the Supreme Court of Illinois effective December 8, 2020. The assignment of Judge Daugherity takes effect on December 8, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 5, 2022.
Judge Daugherity was first appointed to the bench in 2001 in the 13th Judicial Circuit. He was elected to his own term in the November 2002 general election and was retained in 2008, 2014, and 2020. Judge Daugherity has served as the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division in LaSalle County since January 2010.
Before joining the bench, Judge Daugherity was a partner with the firm Myers, Daugherity, Berry, O'Connor & Kuzma Ltd. in Ottawa, a firm with which he practiced since 1982. Judge 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.
Judge Daugherity served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Courts Judicial Conference Committee on Complex Litigation from 2002 to 2011 and served as the Committee’s Chair from 2008 to 2010. During his chairmanship, he directed a complete revision and update of the Manual on Complex Civil Litigation which was completed in 2011. He additionally served as an alternate member of the Illinois Courts Commission in 2017 and 2018.