Central Illinois gets first female federal chief judge

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — The Central District of Illinois now has its first female chief judge.

Sara L. Darrow became the Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court in the Central District of Illinois on Tuesday. She succeeds James Shadid, who completed his seven-year term as chief judge, and remains on the court.

Darrow has served as a district court judge in Rock Island since 2011. She was nominated by President Barack Obama. Before she became a judge, Darrow was a federal prosecutor in Rock Island for eight years. She started her legal career in Henry County, where she tried major felony and child exploitation cases.

“Judge Darrow is an exceptional judge and a leader among her colleagues. She has served this District with distinction as an Assistant United States Attorney and Judge. I am confident the District will thrive under her leadership,” said Shadid, a Peoria native.

The Central District serves 46 counties in Illinois, with courthouses in Peoria, Urbana, Springfield and Rock Island.

 

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