The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointment of a new state appellate court judge.
Court officials say Chicago-area attorney John B. Simon will fill the vacancy created by the death of Michael Murphy, who died Oct. 1.
Simon is a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block. He's a former assistant U.S. attorney, a one-time member of the Illinois Racing Board and a past president of the Chicago Bar Association.
Supreme Court Justice Charles Freeman will administer the oath of office to Simon on Nov. 1.
His appointment will last until Dec. 1, 2014, after which the seat will be filled by the winner of an election that year for the judicial post.