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The Seventeenth Circuit Court will celebrate its annual National Adoption Day Celebration on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center. At this event, Judges John S. Lowry, Francis M. Martinez and Erin Buhl, along with Circuit Clerk Tom Klein, social service agency professionals and other court staff will volunteer their time to finalize adoptions for over 20 children previously residing in foster care.

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care that are ready for adoption and waiting to find permanent, loving families. On this day, members of the judiciary, attorneys and social service agency professionals from all across the United States work together to finalize adoptions and celebrate all of the families participating in adoptions.

There will be a press conference at the start of our National Adoption Day Celebration promptly at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center, 650 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61102. Cameras will be allowed for the press conference, but cameras will not be allowed inside any of the courtrooms. Participants may be available for interviews; however, we must ask that no parents or children be filmed without obtaining their prior permission.

 The social service agencies involved in this year’s National Adoption Day are the Department of Children and Family Services, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Youth Service Bureau, Children’s Home & Aid Society, Greenlight Family Services, and Camelot Care Centers. For additional information, please contact Kimberly Ackmann, Deputy Court Administrator at 815-319-4831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Judge Janet R. Holmgren, Presiding Judge of the Problem-Solving Courts Division, is pleased to announce that the Winnebago County Adult Drug Court will hold its 50th graduation ceremony on November 15th at 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101. Ten Drug Court participants have successfully completed all of the Drug Court program requirements and will be honored at this graduation ceremony. Including these upcoming 10 graduates, a total of 737 participants have successfully completed Drug Court since the program began in 1996.

Drug Court is an intensive problem-solving court program that targets persons in the criminal justice system who are physically dependent upon drugs and/or alcohol. Participants voluntarily consent to participate in the program which provides them with a full continuum of substance use disorder treatment services in order to successfully achieve and maintain sobriety. A multi-disciplinary team of clinical and justice professionals closely supervise each participant’s compliance with treatment and probation supervision requirements and hold them accountable through frequent court appearances before Judge Holmgren, random and frequent drug testing, and intensive probation supervision.

“The purpose of Drug Court is to improve the quality of life for the individual participants, their families and our community by restoring them to a safe and sober lifestyle which in turn dramatically reduces the likelihood that they will commit new offenses because of their addiction,” stated Judge Holmgren. “Each of our graduates has a compelling story about the destructive impact and struggles caused by their disease and how they utilized the resources and supports of Drug Court, make it possible for them to restore and rebuild their health and relationships with their families, keep and retain employment and/or pursue their education and overall, giving them the opportunities to be positive, contributing members of our community.”

For more information about Drug Court and this upcoming graduation ceremony, please feel free to contact Emily Behnke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Due to a fire that occurred during the evening of Saturday, November 5, the Winnebago County Courthouse building, located at 400 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 will REMAIN CLOSED with virtual/zoom scheduling availability for select courtrooms. In addition to virtual scheduling, some proceedings may be moved from the Winnebago County Courthouse to the Criminal Justice Center.

The Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center (CJC) located at 650 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois and the Winnebago County Juvenile Justice Center located at 211 South Court Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 REMAIN OPEN and all hearings in these two buildings remain set as scheduled. Individuals who have court appearances scheduled in the Criminal Justice Center (Courtrooms A, B, C, or D) or in the Juvenile Justice Center (Courtrooms 1, 2, or 3) should attend court as scheduled.

A Virtual Courtroom Directory is available.  Only parties to cases should attempt to join a virtual courtroom.   Public access to Virtual Courtroom proceedings is made available via our YouTube Livestream Directory.

Effective Monday, November 28, 2022, Winnebago County Traffic Cases will be heard in the Kids' Place Room on the first floor of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center, 650 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61102.  Please watch a 6 minute video to prepare for Traffic Court.   Por favor mire el video de 6 minutos para prepararse para el Tribunal de Tráfico

Schedule for Judges Assigned in the Winnebago County Courthouse-

Monday, December 5, 2022 -

Courtroom

Judge

AM Docket

PM Docket

125

Tamika R. Walker

1st Floor CJC

“Kids Place”
(Use 125 Meeting ID)

-

209

John S. Lowry

-

-

216

Todd A. Ramlow

-

-

217

Janet R. Holmgren

-

-

311

Philip J. Nicolosi

-

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 2

314

Gwyn Gulley

Virtual Call Only

(Use 314 Meeting ID)

-

315

John T. Gibbons

Virtual Call Only

-

316

Ronald A. White

Courtroom B

(Use 316 Meeting ID)

-

317

Debra D. Schafer

-

-

412

Lisa R. Fabiano

Jury Trial

Virtual Call Only & Jury Trial (2:00 case)

426

Ronald A. Barch

Virtual Court Only

Virtual Court Only

451 / Orders of Protection and Evictions in 467

Donald P. Shriver

Courtroom C

(Use 467 Meeting ID)

Courtroom A

(Use 467 Meeting ID)

455 / Orders of Protection in 467

Joseph P. Bruscato

Virtual Call Only

Virtual Call Only

459 / Orders of Protection in 125

Steven L. Nordquist 

-

-

467

Rotating

Courtroom C

(Use 467 Meeting ID)

Courtroom A

(Use 467 Meeting ID)

478

Randy Wilt

Courtroom D

(Use 478 Meeting ID)

Courtroom D

(Use 478 Meeting ID)

C Special Note

Jennifer Clifford

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 2

-

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 -

 

Courtroom

Judge

AM Docket

PM Docket

125

Tamika R. Walker

1st Floor CJC

“Kids Place”

(Use 125 Meeting ID)

1st Floor CJC

“Kids Place”

(Use 125 Meeting ID)

209

John S. Lowry

-

-

216

Todd A. Ramlow

-

-

217

Janet R. Holmgren

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 2

-

311

Philip J. Nicolosi

Courtroom B

(Use 311 Meeting ID)

Courtroom D

(Use 311 Meeting ID)

314

Gwyn Gulley

Virtual Call Only

Virtual Call Only

315

John T. Gibbons

Virtual Call Only

-

316

Ronald A. White

Courtroom D

(Use 316 Meeting ID)

-

317

Debra D. Schafer

-

-

412

Lisa R. Fabiano

Jury Trial

Jury Trial

426

Ronald A. Barch

Virtual Call Only

Virtual Call Only

451 / Orders of Protection and Evictions in 467

Donald P. Shriver

-

Virtual Call Only

455 / Orders of Protection in 467

Joseph P. Bruscato

-

Virtual Call Only

459 / Orders of Protection in 125

Steven L. Nordquist 

-

-

467

Rotating

Courtroom C

(Use 467 Meeting ID)

-

478

Randy Wilt

Jury Trial (Boone)

Jury Trial (Boone)

D Special Note

Brendan A. Maher

-

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 2

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 -

Courtroom

Judge

AM Docket

PM Docket

125

Tamika R. Walker

1st Floor CJC

“Kids Place”

(Use 125 Meeting ID)

-

209

John S. Lowry

-

-

216

Todd A. Ramlow

-

-

217

Janet R. Holmgren

-

Courtroom C

(Use PSC Meeting ID)

311

Philip J. Nicolosi

-

-

314

Gwyn Gulley

Virtual Call Only

Virtual Call Only

315

John T. Gibbons

Virtual Call Only

-

316

Ronald A. White

Courtroom B

(Use 316 Meeting ID)

-

317

Debra D. Schafer

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 2

(Use 317 Meeting ID)

-

412

Lisa R. Fabiano

Virtual Call Only and Jury Trial in Boone

Jury Trial in Boone

426

Ronald A. Barch

Virtual Call Only

Courtroom B at 3:30 pm

(Use 426 Meeting ID)

451 / Orders of Protection and Evictions in 467

Donald P. Shriver

Virtual Call Only

(use 467 Meeting ID)

Virtual Call Only

455 / Orders of Protection in 467

Joseph P. Bruscato

Virtual Call Only

Virtual Call Only

459 / Orders of Protection in 125

Steven L. Nordquist 

-

-

467

Rotating

Virtual Call Only

(Use 467 Meeting ID)

-

478

Randy Wilt

Possible Jury Trial continuation

-

 

Thursday, December 8, 2022 -

Courtroom

Judge

AM Docket

PM Docket

125

Tamika R. Walker

1st Floor CJC

“Kids Place”

(Use 125 Meeting ID)

1st Floor CJC

“Kids Place”

(Use 125 Meeting ID)

209

John S. Lowry

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 1 at 11am

(Use 209 Meeting ID)

-

216

Todd A. Ramlow

-

-

217

Janet R. Holmgren

-

-

311

Philip J. Nicolosi

Courtroom B

(Use 311 Meeting ID)

Courtroom C

(Use 311 Meeting ID)

314

Gwyn Gulley

Virtual Call Only

Virtual Call Only

315

John T. Gibbons

Virtual Call Only

Courtroom A

(Use 315 Meeting ID)

316

Ronald A. White

Courtroom C

(Use 316 Meeting ID)

-

317

Debra D. Schafer

-

-

412

Lisa R. Fabiano

Virtual Call Only & Jury Trial

Virtual Call Only & Jury Trial

426

Ronald A. Barch

Virtual Call Only

3:30 pm Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 1

(Use 426 Meeting ID)

451 / Orders of Protection and Evictions in 467

Donald P. Shriver

-

-

455 / Orders of Protection in 467

Joseph P. Bruscato

-

4:15 pm Courtroom B

(Use 455 Meeting ID)

459 / Orders of Protection in 125

Steven L. Nordquist 

-

-

467

Rotating

-

-

478

Randy Wilt

-

Juvenile Justice Center 2

(use 478 Meeting ID)

Courtroom C special note

Jennifer Clifford

Virtual Only (Use C Meeting ID)

-

 

Friday, December 9, 2022 -

Courtroom

Judge

AM Docket

PM Docket

125

Tamika R. Walker

1st Floor CJC

“Kids Place”

(Use 125 Meeting ID)

-

209

John S. Lowry

11:00 am Courtroom B

(Use 209 Meeting ID)

-

216

Todd A. Ramlow

-

-

217

Janet R. Holmgren

Courtroom A

(Use PSC Meeting ID)

-

311

Philip J. Nicolosi

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 2

(Use 311 Meeting ID)

Courtroom A

(Use 311 Meeting ID)

314

Gwyn Gulley

Virtual Call Only

Virtual Call Only

315

John T. Gibbons

Virtual Call Only

-

316

Ronald A. White

Courtroom B

(use 315 Meeting ID)

-

317

Debra D. Schafer

-

Virtual Call Only (Kids Place in CJC)

412

Lisa R. Fabiano

Virtual Call Only

-

426

Ronald A. Barch

Virtual Call Only

-

451 / Orders of Protection and Evictions in 467

Donald P. Shriver

-

-

455 / Orders of Protection in 467

Joseph P. Bruscato

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 3 (Use 467 Meeting ID)

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 3 (Use 467 Meeting ID)

459 / Orders of Protection in 125

Steven L. Nordquist 

-

-

467

Rotating

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 3 (Use 467 Meeting ID)

Juvenile Justice Center Courtroom 3 (Use 467 Meeting ID)

478

Randy Wilt

-

-

 

Individuals seeking emergency orders of protection in Winnebago County may come to the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center for in person assistance or make use of the Court’s online request system.  A temporary Domestic Violence Assistance Center is open on the 1st floor of the Criminal Justice Center

Ongoing announcements and scheduling changes will continue be posted on the Court’s website. 

During regular business hours, contact the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk's Office at 815-319-4500 for assistance with scheduling information.

Due to a fire that occurred in the Winnebago County Courthouse during the evening Saturday, November 5, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court announces the following:

The Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center located at 650 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois and the Winnebago County Juvenile Justice Center located at 211 South Court Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 REMAIN OPEN and all hearings in these two buildings remain set as scheduled. Individuals who have court appearances scheduled in the Criminal Justice Center (Courtrooms A, B, C, or D) or in the Juvenile Justice Center (Courtrooms 1, 2, or 3) should attend court as scheduled.

The Winnebago County Courthouse, located at 400 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 will REMAIN CLOSED on Tuesday, November 8All court hearings in the Winnebago County Courthouse scheduled on Tuesday, November 8 are cancelled and will be rescheduled, except as noted below:

The morning (8:00 am – 12:00 noon) Drug Court Call of Presiding Judge Janet R. Holmgren scheduled on Tuesday, November 8 in Courtroom 217 will be held entirely virtual (no in-person appearances) - Zoom Meeting ID 821 7161 1372.

The morning (8:00 am – 12:00 noon) Family Law Call of Presiding Judge Joseph P. Bruscato scheduled on Tuesday, November 8 in Courtroom 455 of the Winnebago County Courthouse will instead take place in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center, 650 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61102.

The morning (8:00 am – 12:00 noon) Misdemeanor Call of Presiding Judge John T. Gibbons scheduled on Tuesday, November 8 in Courtroom 315 will be held entirely virtual (no in-person appearances) – Zoom Meeting ID 895 4199 8371.

A Virtual Courtroom Directory is available on the Court's Website.

Individuals seeking emergency orders of protection in Winnebago County may come to the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center for in person assistance or make use of the Court’s online request system.

This is a fluid situation. In-person court appearances at the Winnebago County Courthouse are not expected to resume this week. The Court is in process of rescheduling cases, either as entirely virtual proceedings or in alternate locations. Ongoing announcements and scheduling changes will continue be posted on the Court’s website.   During regular business hours, contact the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk's Office at 815-319-4500 for assistance with scheduling information.

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Due to a fire that occurred in the Winnebago County Courthouse during the evening Saturday, November 5, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court announces the following:

The Winnebago County Courthouse, located at 400 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 will be CLOSED Monday, November 7.  All court hearings scheduled in the Winnebago County Courthouse on Monday, November 7 are cancelled and will be rescheduled, except as noted below with respect to specific Plenary Order of Protection hearings:

The Plenary Order of Protection Call of Presiding Judge Donald P. Shriver scheduled on Monday, November 7 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 311 of the Winnebago County Courthouse will instead take place at on Monday, November 7 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center, 650 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61102.

The Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center located at 650 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois and the Winnebago County Juvenile Justice Center located at 211 South Court Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 REMAIN OPEN on Monday, November 7 and all hearings in these two buildings remain set as scheduled. Individuals who have court appearances scheduled in the Criminal Justice Center (Courtrooms A, B, C, or D) or in the Juvenile Justice Center (Courtrooms 1, 2, or 3) should attend court as scheduled.

During regular business hours, contact the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk's Office at 815-319-4500 for scheduling information.

No prospective juror needs to report per their summons in Winnebago County for Monday, November 7. Jurors may call the number on their summons for additional information.

Individuals seeking emergency orders of protection in Winnebago County may come to the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center for in person assistance or make use of the Courts Online Request System Additional assistance is available from Remedies and the Family Peace Center – Remedies 815-962-6102, FPC 779-348-7600.

Ongoing announcements and operational changes will continue be posted on the Court’s website.

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Judge Jennifer Clifford, Chairperson of the 17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council (FVCC), announces that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The community is encouraged to support the multiple community awareness activities planned throughout the month. Community awareness activities seek to provide education and honor those who have been impacted by violence in Winnebago and Boone counties.

The FVCC has planned many awareness activities throughout the month of October including a youth art contest, a community yoga class at Real Beautiful You, a movie screening and panel discussion of the movie Waitress, and a book discussion. The annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence ceremony will be held at Rockford City Hall on Thursday, October 27th at 5:30pm. Additional information about planned events can be found on the attached calendar or by visiting the 17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council Facebook page. Honorable Jennifer Clifford commented, “We have several opportunities throughout the month of October where those in our community can learn about the various forms of domestic violence and prevention efforts against domestic violence that exist here in the 17th Circuit. We are thankful for the multiple organizations that partner with us not only in October but throughout the entire year to address our community’s response to domestic violence.”

The 17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council is funded by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and serves Boone and Winnebago counties. The FVCC serves as a forum to coordinate community and professional efforts to address family violence, including domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. For more information about the work of the FVCC, contact Nicole Ticknor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Calendar of Events

 

Chief Judge John S. Lowry is pleased to announce that Deputy Court Administrator Kimberly Ackmann attained certification as a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (ICM) at the National Center for State Courts.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.

Since 1970, the ICM has delivered training and education to judicial branch personnel in emerging areas of court leadership and management concepts, case management, human resources management, court performance standards, and other areas deemed critical to professional development.

ICM Fellows complete a rigorous four-step process that measures an individual’s aptitude in court management, research, and executive leadership through three levels of certification. Ms. Ackmann joins eight other recent program graduates and more than 1,300 alumni who represent 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and 12 foreign countries. She is the first ICM Fellow to be certified in Illinois since 2011.

“The 17th Circuit Court is tremendously proud of Kimberly Ackmann and the dedication she has shown to attain this advanced level of career proficiency,” said Chief Judge John S. Lowry. “The personal drive needed to attain this national certification parallels with the drive, competency and creativity that she brings to her work on a daily basis.   Our court system thrives and continually benefits from Ms. Ackmann’s contributions to modernize court functions and enhance access to justice. She truly is an invaluable member of our court administration staff.”

Ms. Ackmann stated, “I have witnessed so many working in the judicial system go above and beyond. That motivation is contagious, and I wanted to do my part. It is a great honor to have been accepted into this program and work with court leaders from all over the country. I look forward to continuing this great work.”

Kimberly Ackmann is a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Marquette University Law School. She has served as a Deputy Court Administrator since 2015.   In her role, Ms. Ackmann aids in management of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court and oversees a number of special projects including the Court’s Residential Foreclosure Mediation Program, Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, Judicial Speakers Bureau, and JusticeCorp Volunteer Program. She serves as the 17th Circuit Court’s Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator.

For more information about the ICM Fellows program, visit www.ncsc.org/education-and-careers/icm-fellows.

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Judges from Winnebago County and Boone County participated in a statewide initiative sponsored by the Illinois Conference of Chief Judges and the Illinois Judges Association to help local schools, students and community organizations prepare for success in the 2022-23 school year by collecting school supplies for the Boys and Girls Club of Fairgrounds.

Chief Judge John S. Lowry and Associate Judge Erin B. Buhl presented the donated items to the Boys and Girls Club of Fairgrounds and were able to tour the facility on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.  “It was an honor to donate backpacks and other needed school supplies on behalf of the 17th Circuit Judges,” said Judge Buhl.  “I am hopeful that our efforts will help these students get off to a great start for the upcoming school year.”

“The Illinois Judges Association and the Conference of Chief Judges are proud of the active judges in this state and their commitment to their communities,” said IJA President Justice Eileen O’Neill Burke. “We see firsthand what happens with students who are not supported in their schools. The approximately 1250 active and retired members of the Illinois Judges Association already provide many in-schools programs from reading to students through civics education. It was a logical extension to join with the Chief Judges for the entire state to help provide needed supplies for the school year.”

“The Conference of Chief Judges meets regularly to discuss policies and needs for the entire state,” said Chief Judge David Vancil, who is the Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges. “This collaboration with the Illinois Judges Association allowed our circuits to coordinate help many were already providing and to help the public know their local judges are truly here to help.”

For more information about this this event, please contact Trial Court Administrator Thomas Jakeway at the contact information above.  Additional information about the Illinois Judges Association is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Judge Janet R. Holmgren, Presiding Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) Court is pleased to announce the program celebrated its 32nd graduation ceremony on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 478 at the Winnebago County Courthouse.

Four TIP Court participants have successfully completed all of the TIP Court Program requirements, bringing the total number of graduates to 189 since TIP Court began in 2005.

TIP Court is a specialized problem-solving court program that provides wrap-around therapeutic services and intensive court supervision to persons in the criminal justice system who have a serious and persistent mental illness. The program is voluntary and the average length of participation is two and a half years. The goals and purpose of TIP Court is to provide participants with the treatment and case management services they require to help them achieve stability and maintain recovery and in turn, dramatically reduce the likelihood that they will commit new offenses. A multi-disciplinary team of clinical and justice professionals closely supervise each participant’s compliance with treatment and probation supervision requirements. Participants are held accountable for complying and completing their treatment plan requirements through intensive probation supervision and frequent court appearances before Judge Holmgren.

Please contact Emily Behnke for more information about TIP Court and this event.  

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Marcia M. Meis, Director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, and John S. Lowry, Chief Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court, are pleased to announce that the 17th Circuit Judges have selected Attorney Tamika R. Walker as an Associate Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit.  This associate judge vacancy is based on the impending retirement of Associate Judge Mary Linn Green, effective July 5, 2022.   Ms. Walker will take her oath of office on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

“Tamika Walker’s range of experience in criminal, family law and juvenile courtrooms and exceptional interpersonal skills will serve her well as an associate judge,” said Chief Judge John Lowry.  “Her contributions to the legal profession through organized bar activities reflect her genuine commitment to the law. Ms. Walker was selected from a group of outstanding candidates. We are confident she will do an excellent job and look forward to working with her.”

Ms. Walker received a Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University in 2001, a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2002, and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2005.  Ms. Walker served as an assistant public defender in the Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office between 2005 and 2010. In 2010, she joined the law firm of Sreenan & Cain, P.C. Sreenan & Cain, P.C. was reorganized as Schafer DeRango & Cain, LLP and again as DeRango & Cain, LLC, where Ms. Walker currently practices law representing clients in family law disputes and juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency proceedings.

Commenting on her selection, Ms. Walker stated, “I am honored to be selected as an associate judge. It is truly a privilege to serve in the 17th Judicial Circuit. I am looking forward to working with the judges, clerks, and other courthouse staff in an effort to continue to provide access to justice in our community.” 

Ms. Walker is a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, where she currently serves on the Assembly and Board of Governors, and previously served as Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council. She is an Administer Justice volunteer attorney and serves on the boards of the Illinois Bar Foundation, The Lawyer’s Trust Fund of Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice’s Justice for All Advisory Committee. Her involvement with community and civic organizations includes associations with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the YWCA of Rockford, and Careers Etc.

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The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced the following certified list of candidates who have applied for the associate judge vacancy in the 17th Circuit based on the impending retirement of Associate Judge Mary Linn Green:

David M. Gill 

Erik K. Jacobs

Scott R. Paccagnini

Paul R. Vella

Roger H. Gustafson

Maureen M. Lawson

Amy K. Peterman

Tamika R. Walker

Erin C. Hannigan

Matthew R. Leisten

Andrew T. Smith

Jeffrey J. Zucchi

 

The Circuit Judges of the 17th Circuit are inviting written comment regarding these candidates from all interested individuals and organizations.   Comments must be in writing and received by the Chief Judge no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 18, 2022. Anonymous letters will not be accepted. Letters will be placed in each of the candidate’s files. There shall be no other direct or indirect contact with any Circuit or Associate Judge regarding an individual’s candidacy.

Anyone wishing to comment should direct their correspondence by U.S. mail to Chief Judge John S. Lowry, Winnebago County Courthouse, 400 West State Street, Suite 215, Rockford, IL 61101 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF
THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT

Coming to Court

Virtual Court

Self Rep

Records Search and Payments

Local Rules

Accessibility

400 W State St
Rockford, IL 61101

Winnebago County Courthouse Operations and Scheduling Page

Case Scheduling Questions - 815-319-4500

Traffic Court cases are taking place in the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center, 650 West State Street