Madison County Circuit Judge, John B. Barberis, Jr., has announced that he will run for the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court in the November 2016 election. The 5th District has 37 counties, including Effingham, Shelby, Fayette, Clay, Jasper, and Marion.
Judge Barberis will be running as the Republican candidate for the seat being vacated by the honorable Justice Bruce Stewart who has announced his retirement after his current term expires. If elected, Barberis, a lifelong conservative, promises to base his decisions on a strict adherence to the Illinois and U. S. Constitutions. He intends to set an example of the highest judicial ethics by maintaining integrity and honesty and impartiality both on and off the bench.
Barberis successfully ran for the Madison County Circuit Judge position in the November, 2014 Election.
Prior to being elected Circuit Judge, Barberis was a part time state’s attorney for nearly fifteen years and was in private practice for eighteen years. Throughout the course of his career he handled cases in many different areas of the law including family, business formations and general business law, personal injury, constitutional law, title work and real estate law, traffic and criminal defense, probate law, and class action work. As a prosecutor, he handled everything from child support enforcement, traffic and misdemeanor prosecution to mental health cases handled out of the Alton Mental Health Hospital. He most recently served as City Attorney for Collinsville, as Corporate Attorney for Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville and as Zoning Officer for the Village of St. Jacob, Illinois where he has resided on a small farm with his family since 2000.