Justin Hood was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved with his family to McLeansboro, Illinois were is father’s family is from. He was raised and attended grade school through high school in the Hamilton County School system. He graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1997. He attended South East Missouri State for one year and transferred to attend Southern Illinois University and majored in Radio/TV communications. Justin received his bachelor degree with honors in December of 2000. He worked for the WSIL TV station for three years while enrolled in school and full time after graduation. Justin attended Southern Illinois University law school from 2001-2004. Justin was the Southern Illinois Law School Sports Club President and won the university award for 2004 Intramural athlete of the year.
He was admitted into the Illinois bar in May of 2005. He worked as an Assistant State’s attorney for Jackson County, St. Clair County, and Franklin County. While working for these counties as an assistant Justin has prosecuted and worked in every criminal division.
Justin won his primary election in February of 2008 in his home county of Hamilton. He was sworn in August of 2008 as the Hamilton County State’s Attorney. Justin is the only attorney in the Hamilton County State’s attorney office. He handles all the county criminal prosecutions and the county civil issues.
Justin volunteers as a coach for the Hamilton County High School Trap Team and is a member of the First United Methodist Church in McLeansboro. He is a member of the local Rotary Chapter and local Farm Bureau chapter. Justin was first elected as the 5th district representative for the Board of Governors in December 2009 during a special election. He stays active in his region of the state by helping out area counties as a special prosecutor. He is also active in the local school system giving presentations on a variety of topics that range from license issues, drug and alcohol abuse, to sexual and domestic violence issues.
Justin is married to Marcy Hood, a school teacher in the Hamilton County school system and they have one son.