A Belleville native and Whitewater prosecutor has been nominated as a federal appeals judge, pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve, 51, currently serves as U.S. district judge for the northern district of Illinois, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
St. Eve was raised in Belleville and graduated from Cornell with a bachelor’s degree in 1987 and law degree in 1990. Following law school, she worked in private practice in New York City with Davis Polk & Wardwell, during which she was second chair in the prosecution of former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and the partners in the Whitewater development for fraud.
She had a long history of civil litigation and white-collar defense, according to the Daily Northwestern, and served as counsel to the White House under President Barack Obama as well as the National Security Council.
St. Eve later served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the northern district of Illinois before she returned to private practice, serving as senior counsel for litigation at Abbott Laboratories. Then-U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald recommended her as U.S. District Judge to President Bush.
Since her confirmation in 2002, St. Eve has served as U.S. district judge and as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Prizker School of Law. She inherited 298 pending cases at the moment she was sworn in, according to her 2002 selection of “40 under 40” in the Chicago Business Journal.
She also presided over the prosecution of Tony Rezko, found guilty of 16 out of 24 counts in a corruption trial accusing him of trying to get kickbacks on state business during the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. In sentencing him to 10 1/2 years in prison, St. Eve told Rezko he had “defrauded the people of Illinois.”
No confirmation hearing is scheduled yet before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.