Betsy Shaulis

Attorney Betsy Shaulis of Lanark announced Monday, Oct. 28, that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for Carroll County resident circuit judge in the 2020 election.

She hopes to fill the 15th Judicial Circuit vacancy created by the impending retirement of Judge Val Gunnarsson, whose third and final six-year term expires around Dec. 1, 2020.

Shaulis, 43, is an attorney in Lanark, where she and her husband, Kipp Meyers, practice law at Meyers & Shaulis, P.C. She is the CEO and shareholder of the law firm. Prior to establishing the firm, she was an associate attorney in Galena and she served as assistant public defender in Jo Daviess County. Shaulis has been an Illinois-licensed attorney since 2006.

Born and raised in Carroll County. she is the youngest of three daughters of David Shaulis and the late Kathleen Shaulis (Lower).

A 1994 graduate of Eastland High School, she was a Rotary exchange student through the Mount Carroll Rotary Club in Brazil and also a Rotary exchange student through the former Milledgeville Rotary Club in Argentina.

Shaulis received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Lake Forest College in 1999 and earned a Master of Arts in International Economics from DePaul University in 2001.

In 2006, Shaulis earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa, College of Law. While a law student, she clerked Judge Gunnarsson and Associate Judge John Joyce.

She is a member of the Carroll County Bar Association, and has been its president since 2013. She is also a member of the Stephenson County Women's Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Shaulis serves on the executive committee of Timber Lake Playhouse and is the organization's secretary and chair of the governance committee. She is a member of the Cornerstone Project, NFP, which has been instrumental in saving some of Lanark's most historic buildings. She is also a member of the Freeport YMCA.

She is working on a website and Facebook page; in the meantime, she can be reached at and 815-821-5943.

The 15th Judicial Circuit is comprised of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Lee, and Stephenson counties. Each county has one resident judge who must be a resident of their respective county. The Illinois primary election will be held March 17, 2020, and the general election Nov. 3, 2020.

The only other announced candidate for Carroll County’s resident circuit judge is Associate Judge Jerry Kane of Lake Carroll, who is running as a Republican.