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L. Milton McClure 1941-2019

Posted on July 18, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

L. Milton McClure, 77, of Springfield, formerly of Beardstown, died Friday, July 12, 2019, at his home.

He was born Aug. 23, 1941, in Chicago, to Lloyd Milton McClure and Margaret Steadman McClure.

George J. Lewis 1930-2019

Posted on July 18, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

George Jacob Lewis, 88, of Quincy, died Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Good Samaritan Home in Quincy.

George was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Rushville, to parents Dana Mendel Lewis and Gladys Elizabeth Hersman Lewis. He was raised working on his family's farm in Hersman. He graduated from Brown County High School in Mount Sterling in 1948.

Gregory Tobin 1960-2019

Posted on July 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Gregory Michael Tobin, 58, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, following a battle with gastric cancer.

Born Sept. 19, 1960 in Jacksonville, he was the son of William "Bill" Tobin of Grape Vine, Texas, and Patricia "Pat" (Henry) Pinkerton of Jacksonville.

He was an attorney and owner of Pratt and Tobin, PC in Bethalto for 34 years.

PILI Announces Elizabeth R. Boe as New Managing Attorney

Posted on July 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) has announced that Elizabeth R. Boe is its new managing attorney.

She will be responsible for helping to expand and enhance pro bono legal assistance across the state by overseeing the activity of PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees and PILI’s participation in the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN). 

Glen Carbon Lawyer Tapped for Legal and Policy Role with Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Posted on July 10, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney James Bock, Jr., of Glen Carbon, is the new director of the Office for Legal Services and Policy Development for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Most recently, Bock was a litigation associate with Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C. in their Belleville office from 2015 to 2019, where he practiced in Madison and St. Clair counties. Prior to that firm, Bock was an assistant public defender with the Madison County Public Defender’s Office from 2013 to 2015.

Laraia & Laraia, P.C. Welcomes Attorney Kiley M. Whitty to Form New Partnership of Laraia & Whitty, P.C.

Posted on July 10, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The law firm of Laraia & Laraia, P.C. recently welcomed its newest member, attorney Kiley M. Whitty, who joined as principal and partner with James J. Laraia, forming the new partnership of Laraia & Whitty, P.C.

Joseph M. Laraia will be of counsel, a role in which he will contribute his vast knowledge and experience. The new legal team of Laraia & Whitty, P.C. looks forward to continuing to provide existing and new clients with excellent service.

Faegre Baker Daniels Bolsters Product Liability Practice with Lateral Hires

Posted on July 10, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Faegre Baker Daniels continues to bolster its product liability practice with the addition of five lateral hires across four offices.

FaegreBD’s product liability practice has now grown to over 125 professionals in nine offices. Through high-stakes trials and multidistrict litigation across the country, the practice has grown steadily over the last six years serving as national trial counsel for companies in the medical device, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural, consumer products, vehicular, and aquatics industries. The following lateral lawyer was added to its roster in the Chicago office:

ISBA Third Vice President Attends Peoria County Bar Association’s 2019 Annual Business Meeting and New Members’ Reception

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA Third Vice President Rory T. Weiler attended the Peoria County Bar Association’s 2019 Annual Business Meeting and New Members’ Reception on July 8 at the Janssen Law Center in Peoria. During the meeting, attendees welcomed the 2019-2020 board of directors and the newest members of the bar.  

J. Michael O'Byrne 1925 – 2019

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

J.(James) Michael O’Byrne died June 30, 2019 in Urbana.

He was born August 26, 1925, at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, the fourth of six children of John Francis O’Byrne and Rachael Copeland O’Byrne. He went to grade school at St Mary’s in Urbana and graduated from Champaign High School in 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy Air Corps and served two and a half years during World War II. After service, he returned to Champaign and enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Commerce, receiving a degree in 1948. He was a proud member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. In 1949 he received a Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Illinois Law School and he was admitted to the Illinois Bar in January 1950.

Wayne L. Bickes 1932-2019

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Wayne L. Bickes, 87, of Decatur, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Wayne was born June 18, 1932, in Decatur, the son of Brownie B. and Irma (Shutter) Bickes. He married Sandy Brumley on December 2, 1966, in Decatur.