Law Day

Judge Tom Cunnington talks to his student shadows during Law Day activities at the courthouse in 2015.

KANKAKEE — Current Kankakee County Associate Judge Thomas Cunnington announced his intention to seek election as a 21st Circuit judge on Friday.

His announcement came after Circuit Court Judge Susan S. Tungate recently announced she would retire effective Nov. 30, 2018.

Cunnington, a former city of Kankakee alderman, will run in the Republican primary on March 20, 2018.

"About a year ago, after Judge (Michael) Kramer was elected, I started thinking about running for circuit judge," Cunnington said. "There was talk about there being [other] retirements in the future."

Cunnington, who was in private practice 25 years, was appointed an associate judge for Kankakee and Iroquois counties in 2011. He also was an assistant state's attorney.

The 62-year-old Cunnington has a bachelor of arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

This is not Cunnington's first run for elected office. He was an alderman in Kankakee for 18 years.

Cunnington and his wife, Dawn, who also is an attorney, have six children.

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