SPRINGFIELD — Recent results of polls conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association rated 4th District Appellate Justice Thomas Harris "highly qualified" to continue his service on the court.

Harris currently serves as presiding judge of the appellate court and is running unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary.

The ISBA rating was based on interviews with judges and attorneys as well as Harris' interview before 11 members of the judicial evaluation committee.

Almost 99 percent of the attorneys who responded to the bar association's advisory poll found Harris "meets requirements of office" with scores ranging between 98 and 99 percent in the separate categories of integrity, impartiality, legal ability and temperament.

Harris is a Lincoln native and graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado Law School. He was in private practice from 1998 to 2007 before being named associate judge. He was elected in 2008 as resident circuit judge, a position in which where he served until his assignment to appellate court in 2013.

The 4th Judicial District covers 30 counties, including DeWitt, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford counties in Central Illinois.

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