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Local Sheriff's Endorse Associate Judge For Upcoming Election

County Sheriffs representing the counties in the Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit have endorsed Associate Judge Douglas Gruenke in his election bid for At-Large Circuit Judge. The Sheriffs gathered at the Fayette County Courthouse to show their support. The vacancy in the position is a result of Justice Michael McHaney’s election to the Illinois Appellate Court. Judge Gruenke’s legal career has spanned more than 21 years, which includes serving in his current role as Associate Judge, and his former roles as Clinton County State’s Attorney and as an attorney in private practice.


“Judge Gruenke’s dedication to the law, his ethics, and his legal experience as a judge, prosecutor, and private attorney, are exactly what we need as our Circuit Judge. We know that Judge Gruenke will continue to uphold the highest standards when administering justice,” the group said.


“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Sheriffs in our Circuit. They are on the front lines of law enforcement, and I am grateful for the confidence they have shown in me,” Judge Gruenke said.

Pictured from left to right are Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, Fayette County Sheriff Ronnie Stevens, Shelby County Sheriff Brian McReynolds, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Cripps, Judge Douglas Gruenke, Jasper County Sheriff Brandon Francis, Clinton County Sheriff Dan Travous, and Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins (not pictured: Clay County Sheriff Andy Meyers, Effingham County Sheriff Paul Kuhns).


The Primary Election in March 19, 2024. The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit is comprised of Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby Counties.

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