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2012 Swearing-In Ceremony
2016 Swearing-In Ceremony

Hon. Katie M. Blakeman

Clerk of the Circuit Court - 6th Judicial Circuit, Champaign County

Katie (Malone) Blakeman was born and raised in Champaign County, attended Champaign Unit Four Schools, and has made Champaign her permanent home.


Education and Career

Katie holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Augustana College, Rock Island IL, with concentrations in Marketing and Management.  Katie also graduated from the top Library and Information Science Masters program in the nation, the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences.


Katie’s early career included working for a Fortune 500 consumer products company, NewellRubbermaid. While at NewellRubbermaid, Katie quickly distinguished herself, earning promotions twice within three years, moving from district sales to sales management, and finally to commercial account management.  She managed several professional staff members, leading her team to national sales awards. 


In 2006, Katie joined the University of Illinois as the Assistant Director of Development for the Division of Student Affairs. In that position, she raised more than $2.5 million for student programs and scholarships.  In addition, she was responsible for the stewardship of more than 100 different University gift accounts.


Katie was elected Champaign County Circuit Clerk in November of 2012. 

Community Involvement

  • Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees 2015-present

    • Chair, Visioning Committee​; Treasurer

  • Executive Club of Champaign County - 2013-present

  • Junior League of Champaign-Urbana 2005 - present   

  • United Way Emerging Community Leaders Program - 2006

  • Urban League Board of Directors 2005 to 2007


Community Honors

  • 2019 University of Illinois iSchool Commencement Speaker

  • 2018 Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award

  • 2016 Edgar Fellow

  • 2015 Junior League of Champaign-Urbana 20 Women of Influence

  • 2013 Central Illinois Business Magazine Forty Under 40 Honoree


Professional Involvement

  • Illinois Association of Court Clerks

    • Member, Technology Committee​

    • Co-Chair, Legislative Committee

  • Illinois Association of County Officials​

    • Legislative Committee​

  • Illinois Supreme Court 

    • Access to Justice Commission, Standardized Forms Committee​

    • Remote Access Policy Committee

    • Language Access Commitee

    • Strategic Planning - Website Task Force

Professional Memberships

  • American Library Association

  • Illinois Library Association

  • Society for Human Resource Managers

  • International City/County Management Association

  • Project Management Institute


Katie and her husband T.J., a Senior Planner for the City of Champaign, were married in 2010.  They have three young children and are parishioners at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Champaign.