Retired judge named to Will Co. post

September 15, 2009 6:46:36 AM PDT
A judge who served on the bench for 22 years before retiring last year has been named chief of Will County's criminal division.State's attorney James Glasgow made the announcement Monday that Robert Lorz will supervise 40 assistant state's attorneys beginning in October.

In 2008, the state's attorney's office charged 3,043 felony cases and 5,216 misdemeanor cases.

"I have known Bob for over 30 years, and he is an outstanding addition to this office," said Glasgow. "He has an extraordinary sense of fairness and justice, along with a keen intellect. He makes an already formidable staff even stronger in my mission to make Will County safe for all of our families to live and prosper."

During his 33-year law career, Lorz was appointed to the bench as an associate judge in March 1987 and served four chief judges over two decades. In July 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him as a circuit judge in the 12th Judicial Circuit's newly created Second Sub Circuit, a position he held until his retirement in December 2008.

"I was honored that Jim Glasgow asked me to head his criminal division," Lorz said. "It was a privilege to serve the citizens of Will County as a judge, and I welcome this opportunity to serve them in a new capacity. I am looking forward to this challenge."

Before becoming a judge, Lorz worked for the Will County State's Attorney's Office for several years in the middle and late 1970s as a prosecutor in the criminal division. He is a 1975 graduate of Northwestern University Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University.


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