CHICAGO (AP) — The federal court for northern Illinois is getting its first female chief judge.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports Rebecca Pallmeyer will take over from the Chicago-based court’s current chief judge, Ruben Castillo, in June. He became the district’s first Latino chief judge in 2013.
Then-President Bill Clinton nominated Pallmeyer to the bench in 1997. She presided over the corruption trial of ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan and sentenced him in 2006 to over six years in prison.
Castillo opened the way for Pallmeyer to become chief judge by stepping aside a year early. Chief judge goes to the judge with the most seniority under 65. Pallmeyer turns 65 in September and wouldn’t have been eligible after that. Now, she’ll be able to serve until she’s 70.
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