The Judiciary

ISSUES: JudiciaryAs a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have been heavily involved in reducing crime and promoting justice both in Illinois and across the nation. We need to provide better options for young people who are at-risk of becoming involved in gangs or other criminal activities. We need to strengthen law enforcement agencies, so they can attract the brightest and best. We need to ensure that our criminal justice laws are firm and fair, even while ensuring that all citizens are provided with the guarantees and protections afforded them by the U.S. Constitution.

Progress

Secured the appropriation of $12 million to the U.S. Marshals Service for enhanced security measures to help protect federal judges and their families.

 

Introduced and secured passage of a bill to provide surviving family members of federal judges with financial and health benefits by allowing judges a limited 6-month open season to opt into the Judicial Survivors' Annuities System (JSAS).

 

Introduced and guided into law the John R. Justice student loan repayment program for public prosecutors and defenders. The program was funded at $10 million in its first year and will make it easier for prosecutors and defenders to forego better-paying private sector jobs in order to serve the public.

Applications

TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGESHIP

 

Applicants in the Northern District of Illinois should submit 12 hard copies of their completed application, along with 2 hard copies of supplementary material, to Senator Durbin's Chicago office:

 

230 S Dearborn St.

Suite 3892

Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 353-4952 - ph

 

The deadline for submission of completed applications is January 31, 2011.

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