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Southern Illinois Judicial Circuit Elects Chief Judge

BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A 12-county judicial circuit in southern Illinois that includes Jefferson and Wayne Counties has elected its next chief judge.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Tedeschi of Benton was elected by the other jurists in the Second Judicial Circuit. He'll begin his two-year term on Jan. 1.   The 45-year-old will succeed Wabash County Circuit Judge Stephen Sawyer.

The chief judge has general administrative authority over the judicial circuit, with duties ranging from assigning judges and court reporters to overseeing the circuit's court services and probation department.  Tedeschi has been Franklin County's resident judge since 2008, when he was elected to fill a vacancy.

The circuit includes Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties.

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