Kankakee County State's Attorney Jamie Boyd will not be a candidate for re-election next year. Instead, the 53-year-old announced Friday he will seek a seat on the bench to replace the retiring Judge Kendall Wenzelman.
Boyd said he planned to seek re-election until Wenzelman announced he was retiring at month's end. The vacancy for a judge's seat will find a race developing because Associate Judge Mike Kramer will also run. He'll be involved in a Republican primary contest with Boyd in March.
Kankakee attorney John Coghlan also plans to seek the judgeship, according to the Daily-Journal.
Boyd's job as prosecutor also opens the door for candidates. Democrat Jim Rowe, who narrowly lost to Boyd in 2012, is an announced candidate again, for state's attorney.
Two others, according to the Journal, have also expressed interested in the state's attorney's office. (Emile Capriotti and Larry Beaumont).