Another local attorney has thrown their hat into the ring to become the next Resident Judge in Knox County.
Kenneth Hogan, whose legal career has spanned more than 25 years, has entered the judicial race as the only Republican candidate. Whereas Knox County Public Defender David Hansen announced his candidacy as a Democrat.
Hogan got his start in law after receiving his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, becoming a judicial clerk in the Third District Appellate Court to Justice Kent Slater.
He says that, as a judge, he would rule with impartiality based on the evidence presented and faithfully apply the law to the facts while treating those appearing before him in court with dignity.
He also served as a legal advisor to the Illinois Secretary of State, presiding as a hearing officer in administrative hearings. He also spent time in Cook County as an attorney and guardian ad litem for children in the Juvenile Court.
Since that time, he has entered private practice and taken on a number of court-appointed roles in Knox and the surrounding counties, including appointments in felony, juvenile, and domestic-related cases.
He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Knox County Bar Association, and Appellate Lawyers Association.