Judge Jerry Kane

Judge Jerry Kane

Associate Circuit Judge J. Jerry Kane formally is formally announcing that he will seek the Carroll County resident circuit judge position in the March 17, 2020, Republican primary.

The position has been held since 2002 by Judge Val Gunnarsson, who announced recently that he will be retiring in December 2020 when his term expires.

Judge Kane, 53, was appointed to the bench in September 2017, following a vote of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Illinois circuit judges. The 15th Circuit includes Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Ogle and Lee counties.

Prior to being appointed associate judge, Kane was the Carroll County public defender for eight years and was in private law practice for 22 years, 12 of which were in association with John A. Leemon.

Judge Kane is a 1992 graduate of Creighton University School of Law and a 1989 graduate of Illinois State University.

He resides in Lake Carroll and has three children, Sidney Kingery, Samantha Byers and Nicholas Kane.

"As a judge, I pride myself as being fair and impartial and free from any influence whatsoever," said Judge Kane in a news release. "I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of judicial ability set by the previous Carroll County judges whom I appeared in front of throughout my career as an attorney."

There are eight circuit and eight associate judges in the 15th Circuit. Associate judges are appointed and circuit judges are elected. After circuit judges are elected, they must file for retention every six years if they want to keep their position.

The winner of the March 17 primary advances to the Nov. 3 general election.