John F. Kness

Hon. John F. Kness

Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

John Fitzgerald Kness is a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 24, 2019. The United States Senate confirmed Kness on February 12, 2020, by a vote of 81-12.

Kness was the general counsel of the College of DuPage from 2016 to 2020.


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