An old family friend, Judge Mark VandeWeile, came to Mercer County on June 30 to swear in the county's next state's attorney — Meeghan Lee.

ALEDO — An old family friend, Judge Mark VandeWeile, came to Mercer County on June 30 to swear in the county’s next state’s attorney — Meeghan Lee.

Lee was appointed to fill the term of Greg McHugh, who retired on June 30 after serving 16 years in the position.

Lee has been the county’s assistant state’s attorney since June 2008. 

“Judge Vande Wiele has been my father’s law partner for 20 plus years,” she said. “It’s an honor to be sworn in by him.”

She has been living in Aledo for the past eight years. Prior to coming here she spent four years in Peoria working as a civil attorney. Lee received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 2001 and graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2004.

“I live in the community and am extremely proud to represent its citizens,” she said. She is the daughter of Patricia and Graham Lee of East Moline.