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CLE: Real Estate Law Update 2016

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Stay up to date on current developments and trends in the real estate law arena with this full day seminar that offers a look at new legislation and case law, as well as best practices tips resulting from actual ARDC cases and discussions on a potpourri of interesting short topics! The program is available in Bloomington on October 27, 2016 and in Lombard on November 2, 2016. Commercial real estate attorneys, residential estate lawyers, and general practitioners with basic practice experience who attend this program will better understand: the recent case law developments and real estate legislation that can impact your client; the ethical issues raised by recent ARDC decisions; whether or not to recommend a trust in connection with real estate transactions; how to advise clients on homeowner and commercial real estate insurance policies; what to do when the seller fails to vacate the premises; damages to property that occur immediately prior to closing; contractor mechanic’s lien priority issues; and more!

David D. Koski 1944-2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

David KoskiDavid D. Koski, 72, of Rockford went up to heaven on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Born August 8, 1944, in DeKalb, IL to Carl and Dora (Mosher) Koski. David married his sweetie, Gail Sherven, on December 15, 1973. Together, they raised four kids, of whom he was immensely proud, Lisa (Dawn) Koski of Janesville, WI, John (Christy) Koski of Wichita Falls, TX, Katie (Gordie) Johnson of Roscoe, IL and Daniel (Paola) Koski currently of Tirana, Albania.

Gregory Andrew Brown 1968-2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Gregory Andrew BrownGregory Andrew Brown, 47, of Sycamore completed his life story on September 11, 2016 after a fierce nine-month battle with cancer. 

Greg entered the world in Newport News, Virginia on October 2, 1968, son of Virginia and Ralph Brown. He spent much of his childhood living abroad in Spain, relocating for a short time to Beaumont, Texas before moving to Barrington, Illinois after finishing middle school. He attended Barrington High School where he met his future wife Donna and proceeded to follow her to the University of Illinois (though he might tell a slightly different version of the story). After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, he headed to DeKalb where he attended law school at Northern Illinois University. He graduated in 1993 and was sworn into the Illinois Bar the same year. 

Justice Kilbride seeks comment on applicants for 14th Circuit vacancy

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride is seeking public comment on three attorneys who have applied to fill a resident Circuit Court vacancy in Whiteside County in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created upon Circuit Judge John L. Hauptman's retirement, effective December 5, 2016. Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. Justice Kilbride uses an extensive application, evaluation and interview process to make recommendations to the full Court for judicial vacancies in the Third Judicial District.

The three attorneys who have applied to fill the vacancy are Colleen M. Buckwalter of Morrison, Trish A. Joyce of Sterling, and Associate Judge William S. McNeal of Morrison.

Lindsey appointed associate judge in 15th Circuit

Posted on September 6, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Clayton LindseyMichael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, has announced that the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Clayton L. Lindsey as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Lindsey received his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Mr. Lindsey is currently affiliated with WilliamsMcCarthy LLP in Oregon, IL.

Hon. Leonard J. Wojtecki 1947-2016

Posted on September 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Hon. Leonard J. WojteckiThe Honorable Leonard J. Wojtecki, 69, grew up in Cary, IL., passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 surrounded by his family at home. He was born July 6, 1947 in Chicago, IL. the son of Leonard and June (Larsen) Wojtecki. He was united in marriage to Frances Robertson on August 23, 1969 in Cary, IL.

Judge Wojtecki graduated from Marquette University in 1969 and went on to earn his law degree from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL in 1976. Right out of law school, he joined the Cook County State's Attorney's office as a prosecutor. He then moved to private practice as a trial attorney in Aurora, IL. He also served as an assistant public defender in Kendall County before his appointment as an associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in August 2000 retiring from the bench in July 2015.

Justice Kilbride announces vacancy in 14th Circuit

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has announced an application process for appointment to a resident Circuit Court vacancy in Whiteside County in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by Circuit Judge John L. Hauptman's retirement, effective December 5, 2016. Judge Hauptman has been a judge since 1997, and currently serves as the resident judge at the Whiteside County Courthouse in Morrison.

NIU Law reception to honor ISBA President Cornelius

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Vincent F. CorneliusNorthern Illinois University College of Law is hosting a reception to honor ISBA President and NIU Law alumnus Vincent F. Cornelius (’89). Cornelius, the principal of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius - with offices in Wheaton and Joliet - concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation. A major focus of Cornelius' year as president will be the future of young lawyers and preparing them for the profession.

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.


  • NIU College of Law
  • Marshall Gallery
  • DeKalb, IL

Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Please rsvp to by August 18


Howard Robert Barron 1930-2016

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Howard Robert Barron, 86. Beloved husband of Marjorie, née Shapira, for 62 years; devoted father of Ellen (Joel) Feldman and Laurie (Michael Yelnosky) Barron; cherished grandfather of Ilana Beth (fiancé Jeffrey Gross) Feldman, Rebecca Leah Feldman, Samuel Martin Yelnosky and Hannah Ada Yelnosky; dear brother of Barbara (Bernard) Baum; caring son of the late Ada and Irwin Barron; treasured uncle of Mark (Jacque) Leopold, Robert (Wanda) Leopold, Kathy (Stephen) Rosenblat, and Richard (Wendy) Baum.

Karl J. Canavesi Sr. 1931-2016

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Karl J. Canavesi Sr.Karl Joseph Canavesi Sr., 84, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Karl was born Tuesday, November 27th, 1931, in Rockford to Peter Canavesi and Mary (Logli) Drugger. As a young boy, Karl enjoyed working as a butcher in his grandfather Joe Logli's store. He graduated from West High School in 1950. Karl served in the United States Air Force for four years. He graduated from Rockford College in 1959. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Karl attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1962. He joined the Wisconsin Bar Association August 17th, 1962, and the Illinois State Bar Association April 9th, 1965. Karl continued to practice law as the Assistant City Attorney for Rockford. He formed his own law firm, retiring in 2002.