April 30, 2006

Hon. Lance Peterson Discussion

From Lance Peterson's bio at his website:

Lance Peterson has served as a trial judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois which includes Bureau, LaSalle and Grundy counties since September of 2001. Judge Peterson sits in the Grundy County Courthouse and hears all types of cases including felony criminal cases, family law, and complex civil litigation.

The citizens of Grundy County elected Lance Peterson State's Attorney in 1996 where he proudly served as his county's chief prosecutor and counsel to the county board and other public officials until being appointed judge in 2001. As State's Attorney, Lance handled high-profile homicide and drug cases and was selected by law enforcement officers of Will and Grundy County as chairman of the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad in 2000.

Lance created the Grundy County Juvenile Justice Diversion Program to help his community's troubled youth by attacking the family problems which are often at the core of juvenile crime. Lance helped begin his county's first domestic violence shelter in 1997 and established the Domestic Violence Diversion Program of the State's Attorney's office the same year. The 13th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council honored the work of Judge Peterson in the area of Family Violence with its annual award in 1998. Lance never lost a single felony jury trial during his tenure as State's Attorney.

Judge Peterson drafted more than forty judicial opinions for Illinois appellate and Supreme Court justices.

After attending Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois Judge Peterson went on to graduate with his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 1993 where he was honored with the Borg-Warner Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Scribes Award for Meritorious Legal Writing. Lance was later named Editor-in-Chief of the John Marshall Law Review publication and served from 1992 to 1993.

Lance was born in Joliet, Illinois and raised in Grundy County. He and wife Julie were married in the fall of 1996 and live in Morris with their two children, Maria, age 4 and Eric, age 2, and family dog Jackson. Lance and Julie met in 1987 while Julie was attending the International Academy of Merchandising and Design and Lance was attending Millikin University. Lance likes to cook and enjoys fishing, working in his vegetable garden and forever remodeling their (old) home.

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At 11/23/2005 5:22 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

One thing about Judge Lance Peterson that is very clear. Aside from being uniquely qualified for the Appellate Court, he loves the Quad Cities. He has spent the last year showing up at Democratic Party functions in Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Whiteside and Knox Counties. At last count, someone said he has visited Rock Island 22 times already.

To beat the Republican candidate in the general election, in this very competitive 50-50 district, it's going to take a tenacious candidate like Peterson.

The other two candidates are fine folks with good qualifications, but I'm for Lance.

At 2/06/2006 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep running a positive campaign, Lance Peterson, and keep working hard and you'll make a great general election nominee in the fall.

At 2/28/2006 11:08 PM, Blogger knoxdemgirl said...

Not taking away from the other two canidates, but I think that Tom O'Neal is not getting the credit he deserves. Despite the fact that he has never been a judge, the ISBA ranked him as "highly qualified." Peterson and Wright were ranked only "qualified." This says that he has the expertise to be a successful judge. Politics aside, knowing the law is what will make a great judge and it appears that O'Neal knows his stuff. To check out the ISBA website article go to: http://www.isba.org/judges/2006polls/evaluations/release.html.
Also, O'Neal's webpage is:
Check it out, then go vote!

At 3/01/2006 9:05 PM, Anonymous Peoria Democrat said...

I like the fact that Tom has been to my door asking for support. I have a relative in Mercer Co. that has met Tom as well, and we both agree that Tom is genuine.

At 3/08/2006 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lance Peterson has spent more time in the Quad Cities and Peoria campaigning than the other two candidates combined. Take that, plus Lance's outstanding legal credentials as a Judge, and you have the makings of a judicial candidate who can withstand the withering assaults from the Civil Justice Leage assholes headquarted in Will County.

Go Lance. We appreciate all your hard work in Rock Island County and throughout the district.

At 3/09/2006 8:59 PM, Anonymous Peoria Democrat said...

It would be hard for Lance to spend more time in Peoria campaigning than Tom since Tom lives in Peoria. O'Neal grabbed a major endorsement from the Chicago Tribune, other papers are sure to follow. It looks like O'Neal is ptciking up steam. Speaking with O'Neal you do not fell like you are getting a canned campaign speech. Lance may be a good guy, but I don't plan on voting for him.

At 3/09/2006 9:05 PM, Anonymous Peoria Democrat said...

Why is Lance taking money from Dallas Ingemunson? Isn't he the mega-Republican that gave Hastert his start?

At 3/11/2006 7:54 PM, Blogger knox county gal said...

"Tom Oneal has been WORKING in Peoria County and Vicki Wright has been
JUDGING in Rock Island County longer than Lance has been a lawyer
(12 years)."

I will vote for the candidates that work hard at their jobs.

Is Lance in Rock Island and Peoria when he should be on the bench? "

At 3/19/2006 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey "Knox County Gal," cut it out.
Judge Lance Peterson has outstanding experience, with the Supreme Court, the Appellate Court and the Circuit Court. Sometimes the number of years doesn't necessarily equate with experience. In Lance's shorter number of years he's handled some very impressive cases and experience at all levels.

As a Peterson backer, I've never said one negative word about Vicki Wright or Tom O'Neal. That's how it should be in a Democratic primary

At 1/23/2009 1:53 PM, Blogger Wayne said...

I think Judge Peterson my be a good criminal Judge, but he is not a family law Judge, short tempered,belittling attorneys,and just not fair to parent involved. Will not take a DOCTOR letter about child custody for 5 mo old, into consideration . He' needs a vacation from bench, appeared to be high stressed.
Also I feel he checks his manners at the door when he comes in.


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