PIATT COUNTY - A Piatt County Circuit Judge died last night. Judge John Shonkwiler, has been suffering from a illness for several months. He passed away at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Judge Shonkwiler served for Sixth Judicial Circuits including, Champaign Dewitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt as the Chief Judge since 1994.
Judge Shonkwiler retired in May of this year it was not set to take effect until the end of July. A search for his replacement is still underway, and hope is they will be serving by early September.