DECATUR – Local attorney Paul Chiligiris announced Friday he would withdraw his candidacy for the Macon County Circuit Judge position, leaving Associate Judge R.C. Bollinger unopposed.

Chiligiris, 47, had sought the seat that will be vacated upon Judge Katherine “Kitty” McCarthy’s retirement at the end of her term this year.

“At this time, I feel it is best to continue to focus on my law practice and continued professional development as an attorney,” Chiligiris said Friday, adding that he wanted to thank his family, friends and supporters.

He was running as a Democrat. Bollinger, 42, is running as a Republican. Neither man faced a challenger in the March 18 primary election.

Bollinger has served as an associate judge since 2008. A graduate of Illinois State University and Southern Illinois University School of Law, he practiced in Decatur for nearly 13 years before he became a judge.

“I want to wish Mr. Chiligiris all the success in the future. I was appreciative of him personally notifying me of that decision,” Bollinger said. “... I'm just very excited about having the opportunity to serve our county as the next resident circuit judge.”

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Bollinger to the judicial conference committee on education, which is responsible for developing training programs for new judges statewide. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Illinois Judges Association.

Macon County Clerk Steve Bean said absentee voting has already begun, so Chiligiris's name will appear on ballots. However, votes for him will not be counted.

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