Rudolf Announces Candidacy For 20th Judicial Circuit Judge
Associate Circuit Judge Heinz Rudolf has announced he is running for Circuit Judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit Court to fill the vacancy of retiring Circuit Judge Jan V. Fiss.
“I am honored and humbled to run for Circuit Judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit for the upcoming November 6, 2018 election. With the exception of getting married and the birth of my children, my appointment to the bench nearly twelve years ago has been a true highlight in my life.”
Since Judge Rudolf’s appointment to the bench in February 2006, he has tried 55 jury trials to verdict including 7 jury trials this past year. Additionally, Judge Rudolf has presided over hundreds of bench trials over the course of his career. Judge Rudolf continually receives some of the highest ratings in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Judicial Advisory polls from lawyers who practice before him in the 20th Judicial Circuit.
During his tenure on the bench, Judge Rudolf became an ASTAR Science and Technology Fellow which assist with scientific issues in many cases. Judge Rudolf served on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Judicial Conference Committee on Education.
Judge Rudolf has previously served his community as a prosecutor, public defender, and as an elected member of the St. Clair County Board serving the residents of West Belleville. During his tenure on the County Board, Judge Rudolf was instrumental in the development of Stookey Township Park which replaced a heavily blighted area of West Belleville. For his efforts, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department awarded Judge Rudolf the “Civilian of the Year” award.
Judge Rudolf holds bachelors in arts and science, masters and law degrees from St. Louis University. While working as a prosecutor, Judge Rudolf attended night school to complete his Ph. D in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from his alma mater.
Judge Rudolf believes in promoting the public’s confidence in the bench. He supports drug testing for judges and Judge Rudolf has voluntarily submitted to drug testing since 2013.” I believe in drug testing and that is why I have voluntarily submitted to drug testing for the past four years.” Judge Rudolf further stated, “Public confidence in judges is paramount. I am happy to share my drug test results with the public.”
Judge Rudolf is currently assigned to the civil division which includes the mandatory arbitration docket, landlord-tenant disputes, and mortgage foreclosure matters. The St. Clair County Home Foreclosure Mediation Program has assisted over 360 homeowners and mortgagers since the inception of the program in 2014. “This mandatory mediation allows homeowners an opportunity to work towards a resolution with the assistance of a neutral party. A successful agreement rate of 40% including 35% of homeowners retaining their home and 5% in a dignified exit option is promising.”
Judge Heinz Rudolf is a lifelong resident of St. Clair County. He and his wife, Sally, are active parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Judge Rudolf is currently on the Church’s Parish Council and routinely reads as a lector at mass.