This week, Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser announced Mary Beth Rodgers as the next First Assistant State's Attorney in Sangamon County. In making the selection, Milhiser said that the citizens of Sangamon County are fortunate to have a prosecutor of the high caliber of Mary Beth Rodgers in the office, and he is excited to announce that she is being promoted to first assistant.
Milhiser said, "I hired Ms. Rodgers as a new lawyer, and I have watched her progress in the office. She understands the importance of good prosecutors in keeping the community safe and in supporting victims. Ms. Rodgers is an experienced prosecutor and an asset to the office. She will excel in her new role."
Rodgers has served as an assistant state's attorney in Sangamon County since graduating from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2014. Her most recent assignment in the State's Attorney's office has been as the chief of the felony division. Prior to that, in addition to other responsibilities, she was assigned to Sangamon County's three problem-solving courts – drug court, mental health recovery court, and veteran's treatment court. Rodgers earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and worked for the Illinois Legislative Research Unit before attending law school.
Rodgers said, "I am grateful to John Milhiser and Sangamon County for this opportunity. I am blessed to work with such a dedicated team of attorneys and staff in the office and look forward to this new position."
Rodgers also serves as a member of the Springfield Park Board. Appointed to fill a vacancy in 2022, she won her first election in 2023. Rodgers resides in Springfield with her husband and daughter.