John Milhiser is the Sangamon County State's Attorney, a position he has held since September 2010.  John brings dedication and extensive courtroom experience to Sangamon County as its top prosecutor. 

The son of a career Air Force pilot, John grew up moving around the country and overseas.  John has made Sangamon County home since graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1997.  It is at the U of I where John met his wife Gail, a Springfield native.  

John began his legal career at the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office as an Assistant State's Attorney.  After holding positions in juvenile, civil and felony divisions, John left the office in 2003 and entered private practice with the Springfield firm of Barber, Segatto, Hoffee, Wilke & Cate, where he handled a variety of civil, family, and criminal matters.  John returned to the State's Attorney's Office in 2008 as the First Assistant State's Attorney.

As State's Attorney, John is still in the courthouse trying serious cases every day.  He has lectured on ethics and served on the faculty at the National District Attorney Association’s New Prosecutor Bootcamp held at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. From 2004 through 2009, John served as adjunct professor at Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University, where he taught courses in public speaking, state and local government and federal government. He also served for several years as the host of the Prairie Lawyer, a legal awareness television program sponsored by the Sangamon County Bar Association, which aired on Public Access Channel 4.

John and his wife Gail live in Springfield with their two daughters.


Legal Experience

  • Sangamon County State’s Attorney
  • Former First Assistant State’s Attorney
  • Former Attorney with Barber, Segatto, Hoffee, Wilke & Cate
  • Former Assistant Sangamon County State’s Attorney, Felony, Civil & Juvenile Divisions
  • Graduate, University of Illinois College of Law


Professional & Community

  • Board Member & Treasurer, Illinois State’s Attorneys Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Board Chairman, Sangamon County Juvenile Justice Council
  • Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court
  • Board Chairman, Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center
  • Board Member, Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois
  • Board Member, Springfield Public Schools Foundation, 2006-2012
  • Board Member, Helping Hands of Springfield
  • Springfield Area Child Death Review Team
  • Sangamon County Mental Health Recovery Court Steering Committee
  • Adjunct Professor, Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University, 2004-2009
  • Board Member and Secretary, Board of Governors of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor's Office
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