Judge Jodi Hoos

Cusack, Hughes Head to Head

Two Opponents With Judicial Experience Go Head to Head

Tim Cusack
Tim Cusack


Tim began his legal career with the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1989. After leaving that office, he continued to practice law for the next 22 years in both the public and private sectors, representing individuals in every courtroom on issues relating to civil and criminal litigation, family law, adoptions, guardianships, juvenile abuse & neglect, workers compensation, personal injury, wills, trusts, and estates. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor teaching legal courses at ICC, and has been teaching there since 2005.

Tim was appointed as an Associate Judge in 2013. In 2015, a Judicial Advisory poll was conducted which rated the Associate Judges on their integrity, impartiality, legal ability, temperament, court management, health, and sensitivity to diversity and bias. Judge Cusack scored a 98.08% approval rating.

As a lifelong citizen of Peoria, Tim is now seeking election as the Resident Circuit Judge of Peoria County. http://judgetimcusack.com/

Judge Jodi Hoos
Judge Jodi Hoos


Judge Jodi was born and raised in the small farm community of Amherst, Nebraska, population 231.  She grew up with three older brothers who taught her all about sports and the outdoors, things she still enjoys to this day.  At the tender age of 12, Jodi’s father was killed in a car accident, leaving her mother, a store clerk, as the family’s sole means of support.  It took three years and a jury trial for a wrongful death claim to bring some balance back to a family shattered by the tragedy.  That trial, where Jodi was called as a witness, changed her life forever.  Outside that courthouse, Jodi knew her career would be spent inside of one

     Jodi went on to graduate Valedictorian from Amherst Public High School in 1993 where she was a three sport athlete.  She went to college at the University of Nebraska-Kearney where she was a four year starter at third base for the softball team.  During those four seasons, the softball team was a combined 152-42, won three conference titles and reached the Division II National Championships Elite 8 in 1996 and 1997.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  She went to law school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and received her juris doctor in 2000.

     Settling in Peoria in 2000 as a prosecutor with the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office, Jodi has lived in the cities of Peoria and West Peoria for 12 years before moving to rural Peoria County.  A trial lawyer in its truest sense, Jodi’s work has involved every criminal courtroom in the Peoria County courthouse.  She has tried more than 125 jury trials and handled over 40 Murder cases.  When Peoria County provided televised broadcast of its courtrooms for the first time in 2014, Jodi was in the courtroom.  The case was about a Baptist missionary charged with the stunning murder of his wife on Valentine’s Day in the very doorway of her parents’ north Peoria home.  The broadcast itself became a fall television season opener for a two hour episode of NBC Dateline.  State’s Attorney Jerry Brady and Chief Felony Assistant Jodi Hoos served as the two person team convicting Nathan Leuthold of First Degree Murder.

     On December 29, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Jodi Hoos as Peoria County Circuit Judge.  Now handling a demanding daily docket of cases that involve domestic violence, mental health, collections, adoptions, landlord-tenant, municipal ordinances, and enforcement of orders, this 15 year trial lawyer has now taken her visible place as a most notable and experienced member of the Peoria County judiciary.