Marissa Attorney Marshall Hilmes To Run For Circuit Court Judge
Marissa attorney B. Marshall Hilmes will run for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Jan V. Fiss. The Twentieth Judicial Circuit includes the five counties of Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington. Hilmes, a Republican, will run in the primary election to be held on March 20, 2018.
Recently, when Hilmes was asked why he was interested in running for election as a Circuit Judge, he stated, “I will be honored to serve the people of the 20th Judicial Circuit as their circuit judge. I will work hard to ensure justice for all people, and to fairly apply the rule of law. The people of the 20th Circuit deserve judges who will be fair, impartial, and who will work hard and consistently to apply the law with compassion, humility, and integrity. Southern Illinois is ready for additional changes in their judiciary that better reflect the values and principles of the people. With my background and experience, I am qualified for the position, I have the experience necessary to do the work, and I have the necessary judicial ethics to serve the people well.”
Hilmes, 46, began his legal career before he began law school as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) representing abused children as a Guardian ad Litem. As a Prosecutor and Assistant State’s Attorney for St Clair County, Hilmes handled both civil dockets for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and criminal dockets, including traffic cases, misdemeanor trials, DUI suspension hearings and trials and DUI roadblock duties. Hilmes was also responsible for denying or issuing felony charges, felony bond reduction hearings, felony preliminary hearings, felony grand jury complaints, murder and child pornography investigations, charging complaints, and presenting Grand Jury indictments, felony bench and jury trials, as well as mental fitness jury trials, warrant duty, and election crimes investigations, prosecutions and trials. Hilmes represented the Saint Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office to create– in cooperation with the United States Department of Justice, the U.S. Marshals, the FBI, the Illinois State Police, and numerous local police departments– a Southern Illinois Violent Crimes Task Force.
Marshall Hilmes facilitated the extraordinary coordination between state, federal law enforcement, and local prosecution agencies in one interagency unit, the Southern Illinois Violent Crimes Task Force, which successfully reduced violent crime in Southern Illinois by investigating, targeting, arresting, and prosecuting the most wanted violent criminals in Southern Illinois.
Currently, and for several years, Marshall is in the private practice of law which includes multiple Public Service commitments. Marshall’s public service commitments include Municipal Prosecutor, Municipal City Attorney, Arbitration Hearing Officer for the State of Illinois, and Municipal Zoning and Hearing Officer. Marshall has handled cases in Bond, Clinton, DeKalb, Franklin, Kane, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Richland, Saline, and St Clair Counties, among others. Marshall currently focuses his practice in the counties of Madison, Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St Clair and Washington. Marshall’s office is located in Caseyville, Illinois.
Marshall Hilmes has lived in the Metro East area for his entire life. Marshall lives in Marissa, Illinois with his wife, Debora. Marshall has three adult children, a God son, and a precocious granddaughter. Both of Marshall’s sons have served in the U.S. Navy, and he is a longtime and loyal supporter of the American armed forces.
Marshall earned his Associate’s Degree from Belleville Area College, now known as Southwestern Illinois College, his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and his Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law. While Marshall worked his way through his undergraduate education’s, he was employed by UPS in Belleville. Marshall was a member of the Teamsters Union, package division, North America’s Strongest Union, and understands firsthand the benefit of Unions representing the rights of all workers.