A vacancy has been filled on the Fifth District Appellate Court bench in Mt. Vernon.
Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced that Circuit Judge Mark M. Boie of the First Judicial Circuit has been named to fill the vacancy created by the election of Justice David K. Overstreet to the Fifth District Appellate Court. The assignment of Judge Boie takes effect on May 1, 2019, and will remain in effect until further order of the court.
Karmeier says Judge Boie is an experienced jurist who has served the judicial branch with distinction for nearly 20 years. The high regard in which he is held by both the community at large and the bar are reflected in his continued retention in office and the exemplary judicial advisory poll ratings he received prior to his most recent election. He adds the Supreme Court has every confidence that he will carry out his new responsibilities on the appellate court with the same integrity, impartiality, and diligence he has demonstrated as a circuit judge.
Judge Boie was first elected to the bench in 2000 as Resident Circuit Judge in Union County and was retained by voters in 2006, 2012 and 2018. Prior to serving on the bench, Boie practiced law at the Law Offices of Wesley L. Boie and Mark M. Boie and served as conflict public defender in Union, Johnson and Pulaski counties.
Judge Boie says he is extremely humbled and thankful that Chief Justice Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court for their confidence. He is excited to begin a new chapter in his career with this wonderful opportunity of service on the appellate court.
Judge Boie earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 1996.
The Fifth Judicial District is composed of 37 counties in southernmost Illinois, including all of South Central Illinois.