BY CALEB ALEXANDER
One of the most skilled legal professionals in the history of Clinton County, Doug Gruenke, has been honored with an appointment to a position as associate judge in Illinois’ 4th Judicial Circuit.
Gruenke is a family man and resident of New Baden. He has been the State’s Attorney for Clinton County since last November when he won the election to that office.
The 4th Judicial Circuit covers the counties of Clinton, Clay, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby. Gruenke will start his work as associate judge in late March.
He has a law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, earned in 2002, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville which he received in 1999.
The long resume of experience for Gruenke includes serving as the legal counsel for the village of New Baden and in Centralia along with other units of government in Clinton County.
Many government officials have turned to him for guidance about things like finances, law enforcement, business operations including cannabis laws, union negotiations, contracts, economic strategy, grants and more. He has performed training and orientation for many elected officials serving in public offices for their first time.
Memberships held by Gruenke have included state and local area bar associations and the Illinois Municipal League.
Because he is leaving his state’s attorney position, the Clinton County Board will have to find someone to follow him into that role.