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Romanucci Installed as President of Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Antonio M. Romanucci was installed as the president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on June 7. ISBA President Elect David Sosin attended the event.

Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rule Regarding Matters Assignable to Associate Judges

Posted on June 6, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court today amended Rule 295, which pertains to matters assignable to associate judges.

The amended Rule, which goes into effect July 1, provides:

“The chief judge of each circuit or any circuit judge designated by him or her may assign an associate judge to hear and determine any matters deemed suitable by the chief judge or designated circuit judge, including the trial of criminal cases in which the defendant is charged with an offense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.”

Todd McLawhorn 1967-2019

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Todd Lawrence McLawhorn, 51, of Western Springs, died May 28, 2019.

Loving husband of Beth Ann McLawhorn, caring and devoted father of four sons, Pierce Manning, Will Hermann, Harry Lawrence, and Charlie Boeck McLawhorn.

Todd was born on Aug. 21, 1967. A native North Carolinian, he lived many years in a house on a tobacco farm in Winterville, North Carolina. The home was built in 1875 by his great grandfather, Alfred McLawhorn, after returning from the Civil War. Todd worked his way through school and received his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a member of the Law Review and the Holderness Moot Court Bench. Prior to attending law school, Todd graduated from East Carolina University, magna cum laude, in three years with a bachelor’s degree.

Steven P. Macaluso 1976-2019

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Steven P. Macaluso, 42, of Naperville, died Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Seasons Hospice Home in Naperville after a two year battle with Angiosarcoma.

He was born Aug. 29, 1976.

Beloved husband of Dr. Alexis Dunne, whom he married April 30, 2005, loving father of Charlie, Danny, and Phoebe Macaluso, devoted son of Paul and Karen (nee Brown) Macaluso of Village of Lakewood, dear brother of Suzi (Joe) Hughes of Elmhurst, son-in-law of Pat and Chip Dunne of Naperville, brother-in-law of Megan (Kevin) Ginley of Naperville, fond uncle, colleague, and friend of many.

Ralph Renn 1956-2019

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Ralph Renn, 62, a lifelong resident of Naperville, died May 25, 2019.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1956, in Chicago.

Ralph is survived by his devoted children, Amanda Renn, Eric (Jessica) Renn and Alexander Renn; his loving fiancé, Sue Harla and her children, Jessica Forest, Daniel Harla and Natalie Harla; his dear mother, Dorothy A. Renn; his brothers, James (Laurie) Renn and Carl (Kathy) Renn; as well as his nieces and nephews, Ryan (Caroline) Renn, Karlie (Ryan) Krehbiel, Jaclyn (Jeremy) Juhl, Aaron Renn and Emily Renn, their families, as well as numerous cousins and great friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Renn.

Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rules 767 and 773

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court on May 23 announced amendments to Rules 767 and 773, which are effective July 1.

Amendments to both rules pertain to costs associated with attorney reinstatement following disbarment or suspension.

Hon. Charles Monroe May 1927-2019

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Hon. Charles Monroe May, judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, age 92, of Evanston.

Beloved husband of the late Julia Chavez May; loving father of Jennifer Lynn (Mark L.) Lund; dear uncle of Horace “Kris” Graves; loyal and loving friend of Katrina Butler.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee Sets Public Hearing on Proposals

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hear comments June 19 at a public hearing in Chicago on six proposals, including a proposal to establish a protective order for the release of medical information and a proposal involving the use of deposition testimony by a party.

The committee will also consider proposed changes to Supreme Court rules involving petitions for leave to appeal, amicus curiae briefs, and an appendix to briefs filed by appellants.

Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rules 68, 472, and 558

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court on May 17 announced amendments to Rules 68, 472, and 558. The changes are effective immediately.

Supreme Court Rule 68 requires judges to file a written statement of economic interests and relationships of the judge and members of the judge’s immediate family with the Supreme Court’s clerk. The amendment requires the clerk to redact the judge’s email address contained in any statement filed pursuant to the Rule.

David H. “Herk” Lucas 1938-2019

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

David H. "Herk" Lucas, 83, of Oakbrook Terrace, died after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Beloved husband of 61 years to Virginia, nee Trainor; loving father of Cathy (Tom) Moore, David (Resureccion) Lucas Jr., Karen (David Chmelina) Lucas, Marty (Cathy) Lucas, Helen (Robert) Huette, Peter (Theresa) Lucas, and Stephen (Lillian Hogan) Lucas; devoted grandfather of Ryan, Katie, Allison, Kevin, Anastasia, David III, Tara, Alyssa, Micaela, Cormac, Virginia, Sarah, Robby, Christen, Anna, Karoline, Elizabeth, Audrey, Aoife, and Niamh; great-grandfather of Grace, Kaitlin, Maeve, Clara, Conor, Corinne, and Valerie; preceded in death by his parents, Ira J. Lucas and Helen Lucas, nee Brink, and siblings, Jack Lucas, Gerry Roche, and Francie Creevy; loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.