Circuit Judge Frank Fuhr elected new chief judge of 14th Judicial Circuit in Illinois

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ROCK ISLAND Co., Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE 10/11: Illinois' 14th Judicial Circuit has a new chief judge.

Circuit Judge Frank Fuhr was chosen Friday as the new chief judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit in Illinois. (KWQC)

The circuit judges of the 14th Judicial Circuit held a special election Friday and chose Circuit Judge Frank Fuhr as chief judge to fill the remainder of the current term. That term expires the first Monday in December.

Chief Judge Fuhr is a graduate of Rockridge High School, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and University of Wisconsin Law School. He was appointed as an associate judge in 2008 and elected a circuit judge in 2010.

Chief Judge Fuhr is replacing Judge Walter Braud, who stepped down on Monday. Judge Braud was first elected chief judge in December 2014 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2018.

Judge Braud became a circuit judge on September 21, 2001 and continues to serve as a circuit judge, but he recently announced he plans to retire soon.

ORIGINAL: Walter Braud has stepped down as chief judge of Illinois' 14th Judicial Circuit.

The Rock Island County Court administration confirmed the news Monday morning.

Braud will be taking some time off to care for his son, who suffered an injury recently after falling. Braud will remain a circuit court judge.

TV6 is expecting to learn more about the search for the next chief judge on Friday.