Buick leads Oncken for the 23rd bench in the Judicial Circuit Court – Shaw Local


Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote for which Republican should be on the November ballot for the 23rd bench of the Judicial Circuit Court: sitting Judge Marcy Buick or area attorney Riley Oncken.

At 10:30 p.m., with all precinct reports, unofficial election results showed Buick had a lead over Oncken. The results are not finalized on Tuesday, however, and election officials will still have to count the roughly 700 mail-in ballots still in circulation. Ballots postmarked before Tuesday will still be counted in the final tally.

Polling stations closed Tuesday at 7 p.m. The results will not be certified until two weeks after the election.

According to unofficial results, 4,418 votes were cast for Buick, while Oncken received 3,723 votes.

Buick, a sitting DeKalb County judge, was appointed to her position about a year ago to serve on the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court, which serves DeKalb and Kendall counties. Buick was sworn in July 9, 2021 as the new 23rd Judicial Circuit Court Judge, succeeding her predecessor Robbin Stuckert, DeKalb County’s first female judge who retired as a circuit court and presiding judge. .

Buick, a DeKalb-born and raised lawyer, was appointed to the bench nearly a decade ago by Judge Kurt Klein, who retired in 2012. She received her undergraduate degree in 1986 from the University of Illinois at Urbana and his law degree in 1990 from Northern Illinois University. She was appointed associate judge on September 28, 2011. Buick is also a member of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council steering committee for Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties.

Buick presides daily over bond and felony hearings in DeKalb County Court.

Oncken has lived in Sycamore since 2003 with his wife and four daughters.

Oncken announced his candidacy in February. According to a press release from Oncken’s campaign, Oncken has worked as a general practitioner in the area since 2004. He has lived in DeKalb County since he started law school at Northern Illinois University three years earlier.

In addition to private practice, Oncken served as an assistant public conflict defender for DeKalb County from 2013 to 2019, handling cases of child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, misdemeanors and felonies. Oncken previously served as a Republican on the DeKalb County Board from 2008 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2015.

It’s not the first time that Oncken has fought for the bench. He also put his name in the hat for a recent vacancy as associate judge after Judge Philip G. Montgomery was appointed to the 23rd Judicial Court in March.

DeKalb County Judges Montgomery and Joseph C. Pedersen are running unopposed and will take part in the November ballot. Pedersen received 7,520 votes, while Montgomery received 7,522 votes.


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