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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