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John C. Milhiser

John C. Milhiser states attorney Central district of Illinois

John C. Milhiser is an American attorney, currently serving as the incumbent United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. He assumed office a few months after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate him on the 16th of August in 2018.

Though Atty. Milhiser was also nominated by President Trump, he was appointed into the office early by the Central District of Illinois’ federal judiciary department. He took the office as the district’s U.S. Attorney on the 31st of October, 2018. Atty. Milhiser was finally confirmed on the 3rd of January the following year by the Senate through voice vote.

As John C. Milhiser officially began his career as the states’ incumbent United States Attorney, he became the top federal law enforcement officer in the State. Part of his responsibilities includes overseeing all of the citizens under the Central District of Illinois and its 46 counties.

U.S. Attorney Milhiser also had the duty of prosecuting federal crimes and serving as the legal counsel for the government. Primarily, his responsibilities lie in defending the legal interests of the country as well as protecting the public funds. He works with his team of legal and non-legal staff to ensure security and order within his territory.

John Milhiser oversees the management of the headquarters of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois in Springfield, as well as its district offices located in Urbana, Peoria, and Rock Island.


Professional Legal Work Experience

John C. Milhiser began his legal career years before he was appointed a U.S. Attorney. In 1997, he worked at Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s office in various divisions, namely civil, juvenile and felony. After several years in the position, in 2003, he decided to practice privately.

Then, in 2008, he returned to his public service beginnings as the First Assistant State’s Attorney. 2 years after that, in 2010, he was elected officially as Sangamon’s State Attorney. As a State Attorney, his duty was in the interest of the State. In this position, he was elected twice, first in 2012, and then in 2016.

He worked on trying cases with regards to felons, including an attempt at a police officer’s life, first-degree murder, sexual assault, armed violence, and other serious felony cases. Atty. Milhiser spent 8 eight years as Sangamon County’s state attorney.

While he was serving as Sangamon County’s S.A., Milhiser worked closely with other officers in the court and service sectors. The goal was to establish tailor-made court-based programs for non-serious offenders, first-time drug offenders, veterans with specialized needs, non-violent people, and defendants with mental health needs.


Role in the Community

Following his success as a state attorney, Atty. Milhiser also served, though brief, as the President of the State Attorney’s Association in Illinois.

Atty. John C. Milhiser is a compassionate man, strongly advocating for victims. He established a program within the States Attorney’s office to host a courthouse facility dog in the hopes of helping victims. The dog will help victims and witnesses as they participate in the stressful prosecution of heinous crimes. Such crimes include sexual assault, violent crimes, child sexual abuse, and murder.

John C. Milhiser also worked as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University. Here, he taught courses in local government, state and federal government, and public speaking.


Educational Background

John C. Milhiser earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. He then studied for his Juris Doctorate at the University of Illinois’ College of Law.


Contact Details 

Full Name: John C. Milhiser
District/State: Central District of Illinois
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United States District Court

Peoria Office

305 U.S. Courthouse
100 N.E. Monroe Street
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 671-7117

Springfield Office

200 S. Ninth St., Room 402
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 753-6690

151 U.S. Courthouse
600 E. Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 492-4020

Urbana Office

218 U.S. Courthouse
201 S. Vine Street
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 373-5830

Davenport Office

131 E. 4th Street, Room 250
Davenport, IA 52801
(309) 793-5778


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Updated: June 15, 2020


Douglas J. Quivey is the next State’s Attorney for the Central District of Illinois

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