Since graduating SHS, I have bounced around Illinois. I graduated EIU in 1989, then spent 3 years in Aurora, Illinois while working at the Illinois Math and Science Academy. I went to law school in Carbondale from '92-'95. From '95-'97, I clerked for a state appellate judge in Quincy, Illinois, before accepting a job as a prosecutor in Rockford ('97), then Peoria ('97-'00).
Cassie and I were married in 1999, and lived in Lincoln, Illinois. We considered relocating to several different places (in NC, GA), but ultimately landed just down the road in Edwardsville, Illinois in since 2000.