GALESBURG–Judgment, responsibility and accountability. Jim Standard, the Republican candidate for circuit court judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, says these are the three most important qualities for any public officeholder to possess.
Standard, 64, a Monmouth resident, has been practicing law for the past 39 years, 38 of those years in Monmouth.
“I have extensive legal experience,” he said, when asked why he would make a good circuit court judge. “I have been in a courtroom mostly my whole life. I believe I can make a substantial difference in the lives of litigants, while moving through cases quickly, yet fairly.”
As a trial attorney Standard has handled virtually every kind of case, from personal injury to family mediation. He graduated from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in government. In his last year he decided on a law background, so he enrolled at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
After law school, Standard moved to Monmouth and took a job as an assistant to the state’s attorney. Three years later, Standard became the first public defender for Warren County, and four years after that Standard opened his own practice. He has been a trial lawyer ever since.
Standard has been married to his wife for 42 years and has three children, ages 35, 31, and 27.
Standard said he is not trying to use the position of circuit court judge as a jumping point to reach higher political office. “I want to be the best judge I can be for the people.”