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Press Release

U.S Attorney Welcomes New District Court Judges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Fairview Heights, Ill. - U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft today praised the Senate confirmation of
Judges David W. Dugan and Stephen P. McGlynn and publicly welcomed them to their new positions on
the federal bench in southern Illinois. Dugan and McGlynn were both confirmed to lifetime
appointments on September 16 and officially sworn in late last week. Their selection fills a pair
of vacancies on the court after the 2019 retirements of District Judges Michael
J. Reagan and David R. Herndon.

“On behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it is my honor to extend a warm welcome to Judge McGlynn
and Judge Dugan as they begin their federal judicial careers here in the Southern District of
Illinois,” Weinhoeft said. “They are joining a court with a long tradition of well- respected,
dedicated, and fair-minded jurists, including their predecessors Judge Michael Reagan and Judge
David Herndon. And we have no doubt that the court’s newest members will help carry that tradition
forward for many more years to come.”

Weinhoeft continued, “Judge McGlynn and Judge Dugan are also joining a court that will be very glad
to receive them. For the past 18 months, despite their already demanding caseloads, the two veteran
district judges and one senior district judge have had to absorb a significant amount of extra
work, all while navigating the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and a global pandemic.
And so we also extend our gratitude and recognition to the entire courthouse family for weathering
that storm and continuing to dispense justice while these two positions were vacant.”

Weinhoeft also thanked the democratic senatorial delegation and the republican congressional
delegation for working together, and with the White House, to bring a full complement of judges
back to the Southern District of Illinois. “At a time when political fights dominate the headlines,
it is good to see government function effectively by adding two well- qualified and experienced
judges, to bring our court back to full strength. That is certainly
something to celebrate.”

Updated October 1, 2020