PEORIA — Judge Jodi Hoos is expected to be announced Monday morning to succeed Jerry Brady as Peoria County state's attorney, sources tell the Journal Star.
The choice of the sitting circuit judge as the county’s top prosecutor will be made official at a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday in Room 402 at the Peoria County Courthouse by County Board Chairman Andrew Rand.
Board members will be asked to ratify the choice at a special 4:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday at the courthouse. The appointee will fill the remaining two years of the term for Brady, who died June 13 after a long illness.
The office will then be up for election in 2020.
There were two applicants for the position, a source familiar with the deliberations stated. The applicants had to be from the same political party, Democrat, as Brady.
Hoos, 44, has been on the bench since being appointed in 2014. She won election to the position in 2016.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska Law School, she’s spent her entire legal career within the four walls of the Peoria County Courthouse. She was hired by then-State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons in 2000 and started in traffic court but quickly moved up the ranks. Within a few years, she was prosecuting felonies. In 2007, she was named the head of the office’s felony division.
Hoos prosecuted some 40 murder cases, with the highest profile one being that of Nathan Leuthold, who killed his wife on Valentine’s Day 2013.
As a judge, Hoos has heard mostly civil cases.
Brady was appointed state's attorney in 2011 and won election to the post the following year. He was re-elected without opposition in 2016.
County Board members are expected later in the week to vote on recommendations to fill the seats of County Board member and physician Dr. Greg Adamson, who died June 11, and longtime County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker, who died June 14.
Rand has said he expects to identify his nominees for those positions later in the week. Adamson's successor must be a Republican living within the boundaries of the district in North Peoria; Sonnemaker's successor must be a Democrat living within the county. Board members meet for their regular meeting on Thursday, and also have a second special meeting possible Friday to address any unfinished business on the appointments.