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Judge Fred Foreman 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

Judge Fred Foreman of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

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Updated: January 8, 2012 8:20AM

Lake County Circuit Court Judge Fred Foreman has been unanimously elected as the 19th Judicial Circuit’s new chief judge.

Foreman’s one-year term as chief judge will become effective May 1, 2012.

He is replacing current Chief Judge Victoria Rossetti.

“He will be an effective leader in representing the interests of justice and the court,” Rossetti said in announcing his election.

Foreman is former presiding judge of the felony division. He has 30 years of experience in civil and criminal litigation. He has tried more than 200 cases in state and federal courts.

Former President George H.W. Bush appointed Foreman as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1990-93, where he supervised the prosecution of organized crime, terrorism, major frauds and public corruption. He served as Lake County’s state’s attorney for three terms from 1980 to 1990.

Foreman was elected chief judge by the 12 other circuit judges at a meeting Dec. 1.

“I am grateful to my colleagues for their support and encouragement and I am looking forward to my new role as chief judge,” Foreman said.

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