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Posted on: July 30, 2020


The long and winding road of the Honorable Michael P. McCuskey’s distinguished judicial career is about to come to an end. Marshall County Resident Circuit Judge McCuskey has announced his retirement effective October 20, 2020. He was first elected as a Tenth Circuit Judge in 1988 before being elected to the 3rd District Appellate Court where he served from 1990 to 1998. In 1997 he was nominated for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois by President Bill Clinton and was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 2, 1998. He served as Chief Judge of the district from December 2004 to March 2012. He took senior status thereafter until being appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to his original seat from Marshall County in June of 2014. He was elected to that position in 2016 where he has continued to serve the Tenth Circuit, most recently as Senior Judge of the Civil Law division. His breadth of experience is hard to match and will be difficult to replace. His work ethic never waned, regularly working weekends to prepare for the following week’s docket. All who know him would easily confirm that no one could ‘hold court’ like Judge McCuskey. Nothing but best wishes go out to Mike on his new adventure of retirement.

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