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GOP leader gains judicial appointment

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Steve McGlynn (photo from illinoisleader.com)

By AP/KWMU

Belleville, Ill. – A Republican Party leader with no experience as a judge been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Fifth District Appellate Court in Southern Illinois.

Steve McGlynn, of Belleville, says his experience as a lawyer on a wide variety of cases will help him when he joins the bench in early July.

McGlynn will replace Gordon Maag on the Court. Maag is a Democrat who lost a race for the state Supreme Court last year.

The man Maag lost to, Republican Lloyd Karmeier, is the justice who recommended McGlynn for the new job.

McGlynn sits on the Illinois State Central Committee. The committee's most public action in the past year was to pick Alan Keyes to run for U.S. Senate last year after nominee Jack Ryan dropped out of the race.

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