Washington Historical Society

Washington Illinois

Kate Gorman-2017 Washington roots award winner

The Washington Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Honorable Kate Gorman is the 2017 Roots Award recipient. 10th Circuit Judge Gorman is a life-long resident of Washington and an active community member. She is a graduate of Central School District, Washington Community High School, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois, and Southern Illinois University Law School.

She practiced law with the firm of Prusak and Winnie for fourteen years before becoming a partner in 1999. She was also a hearing officer for the Peoria Housing Authority and is a certified mediator.

By appointment to fill a vacancy, Judge Gorman became an Associate Circuit Judge in November 2007, where she presided over felony and misdemeanor jury and bench trials in criminal court, traffic court, domestic violence court, as well as diverse civil disputes. She was elected Judge of the 10th Circuit Court in 2012.

Judge Gorman is known as a hard-working judge with impeccable scholarly credentials who decides cases in a fair-minded and even- tempered manner. She holds memberships in the Washington Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Judges Association, Peoria County Bar Association, and the Illinois Bar Association as well as being active in judicial education through the Administrative Office of Courts. In 2011, Peoria Magazine named her as a Woman of Influence ,and when asked to describe herself in three words she replied, “Hometown, diplomatic, and careful.”

The Roots Award is given annually to someone who spent at least a portion of their childhood in Washington, IL and has made a significant contribution to science, government, art, sports, or charitable work. Judge Gorman will attend and speak at a reception in her honor on September 28, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and ride in the homecoming parade on September 29.