GALESBURG—Democrat Paul Mangieri is running for reelection as Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge. Mangieri, 49, was appointed to the position Jan. 12, 2007 as a replacement for Judge Larry Heiser, who was retiring. Mangieri was then the unanimous choice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
“As the only candidate with extensive experience in civil law and criminal law and as the only candidate, mostly importantly with judicial experience,” Mangieri is quoted on the Knox County Democrats’ website, “I respectfully believe that I am uniquely qualified to continue to serve the citizens of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.”
Mangieri was born in Abingdon, Ill. and attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1981, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to St. Louis University School of Law, from which he earned his law degree in 1984.
Following law school, Mangieri enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as Judge Advocate General and was deployed overseas twice during his time stationed aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Saratoga. While in the Navy he received five decorations. In 1985, he received the Presidential Unit Citation. Mangieri also received the Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon according to the Illinois State Government website.
After his military service was completed in 1988, Mangieri returned to Knox County. From 1988 until 1996 he practiced private law, representing working families throughout western and central Illinois.
Mangieri was elected as Knox County state’s attorney in 1996 and was reelected in 2000 and 2004. He held the position until his appointment to Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge in January 2007.
Mangieri is the father of 12 children, whom he raises with his wife, Felicia.
Recently, Mangieri was cleared of allegations made against him by his successor, Knox County State’s Attorney John T. Pepmeyer, and some others in county government. They charged that between December 2003 and November 2006, while Mangieri was Knox County state’s attorney, he practiced financial mismanagement. Prosecutor William Poncin called off the investigation on Oct. 9.
“Based upon the law and a review of the evidence, I have determined that there is an insufficient basis for the filing of criminal charges,” Poncin wrote in a letter to Judge Ed Danner. Mangieri told the Register-Mail that he felt the allegations were politically motivated.
This reporter was unable to reach Paul Mangieri as the