HOMETOWN: HighlandIn 1990, Ferguson was challenged by John J. Hopkins, a former assistant city attorney from Granite City
In 1989, Ferguson was elected chief criminal judge of the 3rd Judicial Circuit, succeding Judge Charles V. Romani, Jr.
First appointed to the circuit court by the Illinois Supreme Court in January 1989 with fellow then associate and now Circuit Judges Nicholas Byron and Phillip Kardis. The trio filled vacancies left when Circuit Judges Philip Rarick and Charles Chapman were elected to the 5th District Appellate Court in November 1988 and Judge Horace Calvo was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Ferguson had served as an associate judge for fifteen years (1974-89), seven as chief associate judge.
Ferguson previously worked as a Madison County assistant state's attorney and had a private law practice in Highland and Edwardsville.
Northwestern University (1965); University of Illinois School of Law (1968)