judge 021622SPRINGFIELD – Michael McCuskey, a former public defender and judge, was selected by the Senate Wednesday to serve as the state’s next Legislative Inspector General.

“We need to make sure the General Assembly has the proper ethical oversight, and it’s about time we select someone who understands the importance of this job,” said State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin).  “The Hon. Michael P. McCuskey’ commitment to public service through his work as a public defender and a judge makes him an outstanding person for the job.”

A native of Peoria, McCuskey was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1975 and has dedicated his personal and professional life to work that has demonstrated his commitment to integrity, professionalism and ethics.

“Greater disclosure, more transparency and a higher standard of conduct cannot be obtained by the state legislature without a Legislative Inspector General in place,” said State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest). “Today, with the selection of McCuskey, we are on a path toward restoring trust among those who work under the dome.”

Throughout his career, McCuskey served as chief public defender in Marshall County, was an Illinois circuit court judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit and was nominated for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

“McCuskey’s resume speaks for itself and I’m hopeful that in this new role he will provide the needed oversight of the legislature,” said State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago). “As we work to expand ethics reform efforts, I am especially eager to work together on transparency issues that further puts trust in our institutions.”

McCuskey also served on the Illinois Supreme Court’s commission on professionalism and currently serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Judge Association.

“McCuskey’s integrity is shown throughout his professional career and dedication to the law. His work in public service to our state and nation is honorable,” said Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago). “McCuskey’s integrity proves that he is qualified and will uphold the essential ethical duties of the Legislative Inspector General.”

The selection of McCuskey as the state’s Legislative Inspector General awaits further consideration from the House.