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Trump taps Sangamon County’s Milhiser to be U.S. Attorney in downstate Illinois

John Milhiser / photo courtesy Office of Sangamon County State's Attorney

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Central District in Illinois. He has the backing of Illinois Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, meaning Democrats will not put up any obstacle to his Senate confirmation.

Below, from the White House…

John C. Milhiser of Illinois will serve as the United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. Mr. Milhiser is currently the Sangamon County State’s Attorney, a position he has held since 2010. He started his legal career in the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s office in 1997 and spent time in the juvenile, civil, and felony divisions before entering private practice in 2003. Mr. Milhiser returned to the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2008 as the First Assistant State’s Attorney. As the elected State’s Attorney, Mr. Milhiser continues to try serious felony cases, including first degree murder, armed violence, attempt murder of a police officer, and sexual assault cases. Mr. Milhiser is active in the community and is the current president of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association. He received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Below, from Illinois Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth…

“We are pleased that the President has nominated Mr. Milhiser. Mr. Milhiser has served the people of Sangamon County as State’s Attorney for nearly eight years, and we expect him to be a diligent, thoughtful, and principled U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. The nonpartisan screening committee we established to evaluate potential candidates came to the same conclusion and recommended him as well. We look forward to seeing his nomination through the Senate.”

In May 2017, Durbin and Duckworth announced the formation of three screening committees to assist them in evaluating candidates for vacant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and federal judgeship positions in Illinois. The task of the screening committees is to review and vet candidates for the vacancies and advise the senators regarding the candidates’ qualifications and fitness for the position.