Baricevic to run for retention

Amelia Flood Jul. 24, 2009, 11:55am


St. Clair County Circuit Chief Judge John Baricevic will run for retention in 2010, the judge confirmed in a telephone interview Friday.

Baricevic is the second judge in the Twentieth Circuit to confirm his intention for next year's general election.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien said on July 20 that he would run for retention. Both men ran as Democrats in previous elections.

Baricevic first took the bench in 2004. He became chief judge in 2006 following the resignation of then-Chief Judge Jan Fiss. Fiss resigned due to the DUI arrest of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young on Dec. 3, 2006. Fiss had been a passenger in Young's car at the time of the arrest.

Previously, Baricevic led the St. Clair County Board as chairman for 14 years. He was the county's state's attorney from 1980 to 1990 and an assistant state's attorney from 1978 to 1980.

Baricevic was a college football coach.

He is married with four children.

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