Lake County Court Official Earns Award

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Byline: Tony Gordon

Gurnee resident Robert Zastany, the Lake County court administrator for 12 years, has received the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts.

The award is the highest honor for court administration and is given annually to people who have made significant contributions to judicial administration, Chief Circuit Judge Stephen Walter said.

"Bob Zastany's enthusiasm, perception and sense of commitment have helped make the 19th Judicial Circuit one of the most advanced court systems in the country," Walter said. "We are proud to have him as our administrator."

It is not the first time Zastany's efforts have been recognized. He has received the Lady of Justice award from the National Association for Court Management on three occasions.

Zastany, who recently retired after 20 years with the U.S. Army and National Guard, also is the committee chair of Gurnee Community Church Boy Scout Troop 77 and holds the prestigious Award of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America.

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Judge wanted: A replacement for Associate Judge Barbara Gilleran-Johnson, who became a circuit judge Oct. 10, is being sought by Lake County court officials.

Attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois are eligible to apply, court spokeswoman Diane Flory said. The deadline is Nov. 20.

Applications are available at the court administrator's office in Waukegan or the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts facilities in Chicago or Springfield.

For information, call (847) 360-6580.

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