Southern Illinois Judge Sworn in After Months of Legal Fighting
Eric Dirnbeck was sworn in as an at-large judge during a ceremony at the Franklin County Courthouse Tuesday after months of legal wrangling over the election. Dirnbeck beat Democratic challenger Kent Renshaw by 42 votes in the March 2012 primary. There was no Republican challenger in the general election.
Renshaw contested the results and a judge blocked Dirnbeck from taking the seat until a formal winner was declared. That happened earlier this month. Renshaw's attorney is he's appealing, saying some people who cast ballots weren't properly registered.
The Second Judicial Circuit includes 12 counties in southeastern Illinois. Dirnbeck starts work Wednesday.
See other LocalNews news:Four Enter Guilty Pleas in Marion County Court
Illinois Approves 3,100 Medical Marijuana Patients
Illinois Gov. Rauner Ends Quarter With $19M in Campaign Fund
Democrats Warn Illinois Could Go Broke Without State Budget
Centralia and Marion High Schools Compete in Food Drive