Illinois prosecutor takes over as US attorney

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Former Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser has been appointed the U.S. attorney for Illinois’ central district pending confirmation by the Senate.

Milhiser started his new duties on Wednesday. President Donald Trump nominated him in August, and U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have praised the selection.

The 48-year-old Milhiser became Sangamon County State’s Attorney in 2010 after working in the office for more than a decade. He resigned from the office Tuesday, and the county board selected first assistant state’s attorney Dan Wright to replace him.

James Lewis, the previous U.S. attorney for the Springfield-based district, retired in December 2016.