To the Editor:
As I retire from practicing law for the past 40 years, the last 17 as a DeKalb County Judge, my thoughts are with the people of this county. It is difficult to express the respect and gratitude I have and will always have for my fellow citizens.
Without your support, I would not have been able to accomplish the expansion of the DeKalb County Courthouse. We preserved the original courthouse and now have a beautiful structure that will serve us for at least the next 45 years.
With the help of Judge McCann from Kendall County, we were able to convince the legislature and the Supreme Court to allow us to leave Kane County and become the new 23rd judicial circuit. This will allow us to better control our own budgets. Under our new circuit, local attorneys will have a greater opportunity to seek a judicial career. This new circuit will serve the people of DeKalb County more effectively in the future in many ways.
During my 11 years as Presiding Judge, I nominated, supported and worked hard to get five local outstanding attorneys appointed associate judges from DeKalb County. I take great pride in their performance and advancement.
Professionally, the past 17 years have been the most satisfying of my career. I know there are many terrific attorneys waiting for their chance to lead. I wish them well.
I thank my fellow judges, the Circuit Clerk’s office, the administrative assistant, the bailiffs, the Sheriff’s department, Court Services, City of Sycamore and all the others who have helped in the operation of the courthouse.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen for my time. It was a great 17 years.
Judge Kurt Klein, retired