KC State’s Attorney appointed to circuit court

By on September 13, 2010

Kane County—The Illinois Supreme Court on Sept. 2 appointed Kane County State’s Attorney John A. Barsanti as a Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael J. Colwell.

The appointment is effective Dec. 1, 2010, and terminates Dec. 3, 2012.

Barsanti, elected as state’s attorney in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, has a total of 27 years as a prosecutor dating to 1979, when he first joined the office.

Barsanti received his bachelor of science degree from Carroll College and his juris doctorate from Kent College of Law in Chicago in 1977. He worked for two years in the Illinois Department of Labor before joining the state’s attorney’s office.

He also worked for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office from 2000 to 2004.

Barsanti is a member of the Capital Litigation Bar—qualified to try death penalty cases—and was appointed to the Capital Litigation Screening Committee by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. He is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, has been a criminal law instructor at Waubonsee Community College, and has served as a faculty member at training seminars for the State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.

He was born and raised in Cicero, Ill., and has been a resident of Kane County since 1972. He is married, and the couple has four children.

The Kane County Board will appoint an interim state’s attorney to serve the duration of Barsanti’s term, which expires Nov. 30, 2012. Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay said she plans to create a panel of members of the judicial and legal community to identify and interview candidates, and that the board would act with the advice and consent of the panel. McConnaughay said she expects to announce the members of the panel early next week.