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The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that Chief Judge David Hylla of the 3rd Judicial Circuit has been named the new chair of the Conference of Chief Judges, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

hylla davidHylla will take over leadership from current Conference Chair Chief Judge Joseph McGraw of the 17th Judicial Circuit. Chief Judge Hylla has served as the conference's vice-chair since 2014 in addition to serving on the Conference’s Jury Representation and Judicial Mentor Committees. He was chosen as the new chair by his peers at a meeting of the Conference on Oct. 20. Chief Judge Susan Clancy-Boles of the 16th Circuit was chosen as the new vice-chair.

"I would like to thank Chief Judge McGraw for his dedicated service to the Conference of Chief Judges,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier said. “I would also like to welcome Judge Hylla as the new Chair. He has been integral in helping the courts adapt to technology through his current service as chair of the Illinois Supreme Court’s e-Business Policy Advisory Board and his previous service as Chair of the Illinois Judicial Conference’s Committee on Automation and Technology.”

Chief Judge McGraw has served as the Conference's Chair since January 2015 and had previously served as the Conference's vice-chair. McGraw has served as a member of the Conference since January 2012.

The Conference of Chief Judges was established by the authority of the Supreme Court. The elected chief judge from each judicial circuit serves as a member of the Conference of Chief Judges. The Conference meets regularly to discuss issues related to the administration of justice in the 24 circuit courts in Illinois. It also considers matters specifically referred to it by the Supreme Court. The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, under Director Marcia Meis, serves as secretary to the Conference.

Hylla was first elected as a judge in 2006 in the 3rd Judicial Circuit and was retained by voters in 2012. In 2013 he was selected to serve as chief judge. The circuit consists of Bond and Madison counties.

A resident of Granite City, Hylla is the past president and current Board of Directors member for New Opportunities, a workshop and training facility for the developmentally challenged.

-- The Illinois Business Journal