New Fourth Circuit judge sworn in

Judge Kimberly Koester(left) swears in new Associate Judge Jeff DeLong (right) at the Effingham County Courthouse on Friday afternoon. photo by Crystal Reed.

The Effingham County Courthouse was host to a swearing in ceremony for a new associate judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit to fill a vacancy created by the election of then-Associate Judge Amanda Ade-Harlow to Resident Circuit Judge of Shelby County on Dec. 3.

The Fourth Judicial Circuit consists of nine counties – Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby.

Jeffrey A. DeLong was sworn in by Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly Koester, surrounded by his family with a full courtroom of spectators.

He is from Crete, Illinois originally. DeLong graduated magna cum laude from Illinois State in 1995 with his bachelor's in business administration and his Juris Doctor in 2005 from Michigan State University.

He has been practicing law at Lawinger, DeLong and Jacob LLC in Vandalia since 2006.

He and his wife Stacie have two children.

DeLong's hobbies include hiking, enjoying national parks and spending time with his children.

DeLong will be assigned to Marion County as an associate judge and will be doing the civil docket.

In addition to the swearing in ceremony there was a recognition of the court reporters in Effingham County because Court Reporter Appreciation Week is next week. Court reporters were introduced and given a flower and when all were introduced they received applause.

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