LINCOLN – Judge Jonathan Wright, who has been presiding resident Logan County circuit judge since January, is seeking election to the position. He was appointed to the vacancy in January after Judge Thomas Harris was elected to the Fourth District Appellate Court on Dec. 3. Wright's appointment is scheduled to conclude Dec. 7, 2020, when the vacancy will be filled by the winner of the November 2020 general election.
After serving as an assistant State’s Attorney in Logan County, Wright served as Logan County State’s Attorney for six years, as he won elections in 2012 and ‘16. He was an appointed member of the Illinois House from ‘00 to ‘02 and a former assistant attorney general with the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
Wright prosecuted brothers Christopher and Jason Harris, who were convicted of the murders of Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children in September of ‘09.
Wright, who resides in Emden, opened a private practice in Logan County in 1995 and was town attorney for both Lincoln and Atlanta.
The 11th Judicial Circuit covers Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford Counties. No other candidates have announced intention to run for the position.
In Illinois, circuit judges are paid $198,000 annually.