U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey was born in Peoria in 1948. He received a B.S. in education from Illinois State University in 1970 and was a history teacher and baseball coach at Ottawa High School before entering law school. He graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1975.
He was a partner in the law firm of Pace, McCuskey and Galley in Lacon, Illinois from 1975-88. He also served part-time as Marshall County Public Defender from 1976 until 1988. In 1991 he received the Illinois Public Defender Association's Award of Excellence and Meritorious Service. In 2003 he received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Illinois State University and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for ISU. McCuskey also serves as a Commissioner for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
Judge McCuskey was elected Circuit Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 1988 and assigned to felony court in Peoria. He was elected to the Third District Appellate Court in 1990. At that time he was the youngest appellate court judge in Illinois. He served as an Illinois Appellate Court Judge until May 4, 1998, when he was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. He served as Chief Judge for the Central District from 2004 to 2012.
Judge McCuskey presides in Urbana and lives in Champaign with his wife, Brenda, and his 18-year old son, Ryan.
(term expires January 2017)