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State bar members back Kane to represent Carroll County on 15th Circuit bench


By Terry Davis | Mar 23, 2020

15th Judicial Circuit Associate Judge John "Jerry" Kane | Facebook

Members of the Illinois State Bar Association favored 15th Judicial Circuit Associate Judge John "Jerry" Kane to replace retiring Judge Val Gunnarsson as the resident judge for Carroll County in a recent advisory poll.

The Illinois State Bar Association sends out polls to its members in the circuit where each seat will be filled. The polls ask members to rank candidates on whether they uphold credible values expected from a circuit judge, such as impartiality, legal ability, and integrity.

Kane was first appointed as a circuit judge in September 2017 when Associate Judge John F. Joyce announced his retirement. Before being appointed to the bench, Kane practiced law at Leemon & Kane in Mount Carroll.

Kane, a Republican, is running against Democrat Betsy Shaulis, who has served as the president of Carroll County’s Bar Association since 2013 and is a member of the Stephenson County Women’s Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Shaulis is co-CEO of Meyers & Shaulis, P.C. in Lanark along with her husband, Kipp Meyers. Before establishing her firm, she was an attorney in Galena and an assistant public defender in Jo Daviess County.

Shaulis and Kane both are running unopposed for their parties, so they automatically advanced to the general election in November.

Elected in 2002 and reinstated twice again in 2008 and 2014, Gunnarsson has totaled 18 years of service as county judge for Mount Carroll. Gunnarsson, 64, told the State Supreme Court in June that he wouldn't be running again. His term ends in December. 

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