A Taylorville attorney has announced he will be running for Circuit Judge. Dennis Atteberry announced on Monday that he will be running for Circuit Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. The vacancy was created when Judge Mike McHaney was elected to the Appellate Court. Atteberry graduated from Taylorville High School in 1990 before obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Blackburn College, a Masters from UIS, and a Juris Doctorate from SIU School of Law all while working as a teacher to put himself through grad and law school.
Atteberry graduated from law school in 2001 and has worked extensively in criminal, civil, probate, juvenile, municipal, and appellate law. Atteberry is outspoken about the new Illinois trial laws. “Illinois just passed the Pretrial Fairness Act that allows Defendants to remain in our communities without having to post any bail. This law encourages Defendants to delay their cases to remain free. There is no incentive to get to trial. For those who only obtain a fine and probation, it literally just places crimes on a payment plan. As judge, I will manage the docket to limit court continuations in order to bring swift justice for the victims and hold the criminals responsible for their crimes.”
Dennis Atteberry outlined his motivation for running for judge. “I believe in a safe community for my family and others. The responsibility of a judge is to sit on the front line to make a difference in our communities. I want to make an impact and I strongly believe that conservative values are necessary for the bench in order to make that happen.”
The Republican Primary is March 19th, 2024.