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James P. Hecht 1935-2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson
James Hecht
James Hecht

James P. Hecht, 83, Woodstock, IL. James Perry Hecht's children announce their father's peaceful passing on February 12th, 2018 in Woodstock, IL, his beloved hometown, on Abraham Lincoln's own birthday, his hero. He was surrounded by his loving family, books, pictures, paintings, and music.

A third-generation Woodstock resident, the town he so loved, Jim was an avid jazz musician and aficionado, fly fisherman, traveler, art and book collector, and intellectual. A 1953 Woodstock High School graduate, James P. Hecht graduated Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 1957. In June 1960, he earned his LL.B. from Yale Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar upon which he practiced as attorney at law at his own firm for 53 years on the historic Woodstock Square. As an attorney, he received the preeminent AV rating from his peers for the highest level of legal knowledge, ethical standards, and professional excellence. 

Bunker Honored with Young Leader Award

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Streator Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry awarded ISBA member Jennifer Bunker with the Outstanding Young Leader award on March 20. The award is given to individuals living and working in the Streator area who have made an impact in their respective industries before the age of 40. 

ISBA Judicial Ratings Available for March 20 Primary Election

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Illinois voters are responsible for electing and retaining judges. To assist them in making informed decisions, ISBA provides information about the qualifications of judicial candidates and judges seeking retention. Lawyers who practice alongside candidates and judges are in a unique position to assess the professional qualities that are necessary for good judges. 

In anticipation of the March 20 primary election, judicial evaluations, poll results, candidate biographies, and information about Cook County's 15 subcircuits are now available.

ISBA to Hold Ask A Lawyer Day on April 28

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Each year, the Illinois State Bar Association sponsors Ask A Lawyer Day to recognize and celebrate Law Day, which celebrates the role of law in our society and cultivates a deeper understanding of the legal profession. During Ask A Lawyer Day, volunteers respond to telephone calls from the public to answer general legal questions free of charge. The calls help members of the public resolve their legal issues or assist them in taking the next steps toward resolving those issues. This is a state-wide public relations effort that receives considerable attention from the public and the media.

This year's Ask A Lawyer Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Illinois Bar Center in Springfield and the Chicago Regional Office.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the online form at

Timothy P. Considine 1957-2018

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Timothy P. Considine, 60, of Belvidere passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Born October 8, 1957, in Champaign, the son of James Lloyd and Lois (Morrissey) Considine. Married Kimberly Evink on September 17, 1988, in Rockford, at St. Rita Catholic Church. Employed as an attorney in Rockford for many years. Member of St. Rita Catholic Church. Tim was known and respected for extending himself to those in need. He showed through his example the value of patience and tolerance.

Temporary ISBA Service Interruption Scheduled on March 4

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Sara Anderson

All ISBA systems will be down due to electrical work between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. During this time the ISBA website will not be available. As a result you will also not be able to log into Fastcase, online CLE, and ISBA Central. Here is what you need to know and steps you can take to ensure continued service.

Online CLE

You will not be able to access online CLE at all during the outage. We urge you to plan your weekend CLE needs around the outage.

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Friday, Feb. 16

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down two opinions today, Friday, Feb. 16. The court considered whether the Cook County Circuit Court erroneously entered a finding of a good-faith settlement agreement under the Joint Tortfeasor Act in a personal injury action arising out of a car accident in Antonicelli v. Rodriguez. In People ex rel. Hartrich v. 2010 Harley-Davidson, the court addresses the application of the excessive fines clause of the Eighth Amendment to the civil forfeiture of personal property. Leading appellate attorneys Karen DeGrand and Joanne Driscoll summarize the cases below.

File Your Nominating Petitions for ISBA Election by Tomorrow

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The deadline to submit nominating petitions for the ISBA election is tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. at either the Illinois Bar Center, 424 South 2nd Street, in Springfield, or the ISBA Office at 20 S. Clark Street, 9th Floor, Chicago.

Members of the ISBA will elect a third vice president, six seats on the Board of Governors, and 22 seats on the Assembly in Cook County this spring.

ISBA Leaders Attend Reception in Winnebago

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Sara Anderson

ISBA leadership, including President Russell W. Hartigan, President-Elect James F. McCluskey, Second Vice President David B. Sosin, and Third Vice President Dennis J. Orsey, attended the Winnebago County Bar Association reception on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Hon. John J. Phillips 1947-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Thomas Phillips

John Thomas Phillips, 70 years old, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was born July 2, 1947 in Chicago, IL. On April 23, 1988, John married Catherine Amann. John was a graduate of East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL before attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, graduating in 1969.