Durbin, Duckworth support Trump’s Central District of Illinois attorney nomination

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U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said they are “pleased” with President Donald Trump’s nomination of John Milhiser to serve as the United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

Milhiser is currently serving as the Sangamon County State’s Attorney.

“We are pleased that the President has nominated Mr. Milhiser,” they said in a joint statement. “Mr. Milhiser has served the people of Sangamon County as State’s Attorney for nearly eight years, and we expect him to be a diligent, thoughtful, and principled U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.  The nonpartisan screening committee we established to evaluate potential candidates came to the same conclusion and recommended him as well.  We look forward to seeing his nomination through the Senate.”

Trump nominated Milhiser after the office sat vacant for over a year and a half.

In May 2017, Durbin and Duckworth announced the formation of three screening committees to assist them in evaluating candidates for vacant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and federal judgeship positions in Illinois.

The task of the screening committees is to review and vet candidates for the vacancies and advise the senators regarding the candidates’ qualifications and fitness for the position. 

Milhiser was first elected to serve as state’s attorney in Sangamon County in 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

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