Illinois National Guard gets certified military judge

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois family law judge has been certified as the Illinois National Guard’s first military judge. The Illinois Judge’s Association says Madison County Judge Sarah D. Smith recently graduated from the 60th Military Judge Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Smith will preside over courts-martial of Illinois Army National Guard members charged with offenses under the Illinois Code of Military Justice.