Monday, July 27, 2009

John Vespa announces candidacy for Circuit Judge

From a Press Release:

Peoria attorney John Vespa announced today he will seek the Republican nomination for judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit. He will run for the seat that is being vacated by his oldest brother, Judge Joe Vespa.

“I am running for judge because I have the experience, temperament and values to effectively make decisions that are fair and uphold the standards of the law,” Vespa said. “My diverse background as a practicing attorney, police officer, and community leader gives me the proper experience to serve as a judge and uphold the principles of the law.”

Vespa is a Peoria native with 17 years of extensive experience throughout the state of Illinois and primarily in the 10th Judicial Circuit. His practice includes both criminal and civil law and he has appeared in many Illinois trial court circuits, the Illinois Appellate Court (3rd District), Federal District Court, and before numerous governmental agencies.

“My legal practice involves working directly with people, from representing them in the courtroom to meeting with them in my office to interviewing witnesses in their homes and business,” Vespa said. “I think it is critical for a judge to have such diverse experience dealing with people because the decisions made in the courtroom have such an enormous impact on our society.”

The son of a Caterpillar welder, Mario Vespa, who was born in Toluca, and June Aleene Vespa, John worked as a Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy where he received a Distinguished Service Award and three Letters of Commendation and was a member of the Honor Guard. While working full-time at the Sheriff’s Department, Vespa obtained a B.A. degree in Social Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University) and was on the Dean’s List. Vespa graduated from Southern Illinois University Law School and received several academic honors, including the Book Award, which is the highest honor given for trial advocacy, and was a finalist (highest honor given) in the Moot Court competition. He was also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Vespa is an active community volunteer and has served on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) executive board, the Peoria High School Alumni Association and the Peoria County Bar Association Board of Directors. He has volunteered for Special Olympics, the Center for Prevention of Abuse and the American Legion. Vespa also served as Director of the Legal Assistance to Military People (LAMP) program from its inception after its founding by the Peoria County Bar Association.

Vespa was a starting member of the 1974-75 Peoria High School football team that won the Mid-State Nine conference championship and participated in the last Turkey Day game and the first ever Illinois High School football tournament.

Vespa resides in Peoria with his wife, Diane, who is a Realtor in the Peoria area. They have two children, Jim (7) and Jenniffer (6).

The 10th Judicial Circuit includes Peoria, Tazewell, Stark, Marshall and Putnam Counties. The primary election is on Tuesday, February 2, 2010.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Kate Gorman announces candidacy for 10th Judicial Circuit

From Peoria Pundit Blog:

Washington, IL: Associate Judge Kate Gorman is announcing her candidacy for the 10th Judicial Circuit Seat vacated by retired Judge John Barra. Judge Glenn Collier was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve out the remainder of Judge Barra’s term and will not be running for the seat. Kate Gorman was appointed as an Associate Judge in November 2007, winning nomination out of a group of 44 applicants.

Since taking the bench in November 2007, Judge Gorman has presided over felony and misdemeanor jury and bench trials in domestic violence court. She currently hears Orders of Protection, child support, forcible entry and detainer cases, small claims, adoptions, ordinance violations, and presides over mental health hearings.

Judge Gorman is a Washington, IL native, having attended Central Grade School and Washington Community High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois. After her undergraduate studies, she went on to graduate from Southern Illinois University Law School in 1993.

She practiced law with the firm of Prusak & Winne from 1993-2007, where she became a partner in 1999. While practicing law, she consulted on civil matters including civil litigation, family law, real estate, guardianships, adoptions, workers compensation, bankruptcy, foreclosures, appellate work, corporate matters, and probate. She has also been a hearing officer for the Peoria Housing Authority and is a certified mediator. Judge Gorman holds memberships in both the Illinois Bar Association and the Peoria County Bar Assciation.

She is married to Dr. Jim Hubler and together they have two daughters, Ellie (7) and Ava (2). They reside in Washington, Illinois. Judge Gorman and her family look forward to vigorously campaigning for the position, which covers Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Stark, and Putnam counties.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Representative David Leitch wants YOUR help in balancing Illinois budget!

Please help stop Illinois Government waste! You can help house Republicans balance the budget WITHOUT raising taxes by posting your suggestions at this new website.

From a Press Release:

State Representative David Leitch seeks Taxpayer Input to “Reinvent” Illinois Government

Peoria, IL…State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) is asking taxpayers to visit the newly created www.reinventillinois.com website to submit ideas on how lawmakers can cut the state budget and what reforms are needed to reinvent state government.

“With Governor Quinn suggesting an income tax increase, it is more important than ever for the State to institute spending reforms,” said Rep. Leitch. “The House Republican Caucus has created a website looking for suggestions about where we can cut waste. Taxpayers are encouraged to visit the website and submit ideas they have about reforming state government and creating better fiscal responsibility.”

While Democrats who control state government continue to push for an increase in the state’s income tax, Rep. Leitch is advocating for budget cuts and fiscal reforms before a tax increase is considered and for reforms necessary to restore the business climate and fight corruption.

We must we enact meaningful reforms that address our current budget dilemma, and enact reforms to improve the long-term health and well-being of our state,” said Rep. Leitch.

Leitch said constituents often call his office to report examples of waste. The website will collect ideas so they can be shared with his colleagues in the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.

“Families have to make cuts to their household budgets, so should the state,” he said.