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Southern Illinois voters helped choose a judge in the Fifth Appellate District of Illinois and two at-large judges in the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Republican David K. Overstreet of Mount Vernon beat Democrat Kevin T. Hoerner of Belleville to fill the vacancy of Judge Richard P. Goldenhersh in the Fifth Appellate District of Illinois. The Fifth Appellate District covers 37 counties in Southern Illinois.

Overstreet was assigned to the Fifth District Appellate Court in 2017, served as circuit judge and was an attorney with Neubauer and Overstreet in Mount Vernon.

Hoerner of Belleville is an attorney with Becker, Hoerner, Thompson and Ysursa in Belleville, practicing in Illinois and Missouri. He is also an assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois and assistant state’s attorney in St. Clair County.

Voters in Perry, Randolph, Washington, Monroe and St. Clair counties voted on judges to fill two at-large vacancies in the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Democrat John T. O’Gara of Belleville defeated Republican Paul J. Evans of O’Fallon to win the seat of Judge Vincent J. Lopinot. Republican Paul J. Evans of O’Fallon will face Democratic Judge John T. O’Gara.

O’Gara was appointed associate judge in March 2016 and was a public defender in St. Clair County and noted criminal defense lawyer.

Evans is an attorney with Evans Law Firm in O’Fallon and served as state representative in the 102 District Illinois House.

Democratic Judge Heinz Rudolf of Belleville won the seat of Judge Jan V. Fiss, defeating Republican Katherine Ruocco of Swansea.

Ruocco has been in private practice for nearly 15 years in Belleville. She transitioned her practice from general law to elder law and served as Swansea Village Trustee from 2013 to 2017.

Rudolf has been an associate judge since 2006. He worked as assistant state’s attorney and assistant public defender in St. Clair County and served four years on St. Clair County Board.

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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