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Thomas W. Dempsey 1933-2018

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Thomas W. Dempsey, 84, died May 3, 2018, in Naples, Fla. 

"Sweetbuttons," as his mother called him, was born June 8, 1933, to the late Judge John T. Dempsey II and the late Julie Dempsey (née Walsh). He was a graduate of Loyola Academy, the University of Notre Dame, and Northwestern University School of Law. He was a partner at Lord, Bissell & Brook and chair of their London Litigation Department. 

Ray E. "Bud" Alexander Jr. 1951 - 2018

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Ray E. "Bud" Alexander, Jr., 67 of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Springfield, Ill., died Sunday, May 6, 2018.

He was born April 8, 1951, in Alton to Ray, Sr. and Lauretta (Jilek) Alexander. 

After graduating in 1969 from Jersey Community High School in Jerseyville, where he proudly received recognition as the 1968 "Back of the Year" for the football team, Ray attended Illinois College for two years. In 1971, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank sergeant and serving until 1974. During his time in the Marines, Ray graduated as the Honor Man for his boot camp platoon, and later served as an electrician and marksmanship instructor. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Ray returned to Illinois and attended law school at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He graduated summa cum laude and went on to have a successful law career in Springfield and St. Louis as a medical malpractice attorney.

Eric Lieberman 1950-2018

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Eric Joseph Lieberman, 67 of Galena, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. 

He was born October 29, 1950, in Chicago to Esther (Kraus) and Archie Lieberman, the noted photojournalist.

He graduated with a law degree from Loyola University in 1978 and practiced law in the Chicago area until 1996, when he became in-house counsel for the software firm First Logic in La Crosse, Wis. The firm was on the verge of bankruptcy until Eric became president. He is fondly remembered by the hundreds of First Logic employees whose jobs were saved and whose lives were improved by his ethics and style of management. Eric was a visionary and was working for the past year to help a crypto currency company navigate the legal system. 

John C. Mullen 1922-2018

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

John C. Mullen, 95, died May 1, 2018. He was born December 24, 1922, in Chicago to George Martin Mullen and Mary Frances Mullen (nee Faulkner). 

He married Mary Florence McKenna on October 22, 1944. They were married for 57 years until her death in 2002. 

Mr. Mullen was a successful trial lawyer with Mullen Law Offices in Chicago. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Marines from 1943 until 1946 during World War II, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. He graduated from Loyola University and DePaul University College of Law. 

Hon. William G. Pileggi 1950-2018

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Hon. William G. Pileggi, 67, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018. He was born December 9, 1950.

After graduating from Lewis College, Bill began teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. Later, he went on to Kent College of Law and graduated with honors. He later became an assistant state’s attorney and eventually started his own law practice in Chicago. Bill was also a founding partner of Greater Illinois Title Company and served as a supervising judge for the Housing Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Richard O. Hart 1927-2018

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Richard O. Hart, 90, died Monday, March 12, 2018, in St. Louis. He was born December 13, 1927.

Surviving is his wife of 66 years, Carolyn Hart, of Benton; two sons, Murphy C. Hart and wife, Jody, of Benton, Paul R. Hart and wife, Kim, of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren, Ryan Hart of South Bend, Ind., Caleb Hart of Benton, Ali Herndon and husband, Dallas, of Tampa, Fla.; a great-granddaughter, Ruby Herndon; a niece, Janice Legendre and husband, Roger, of Johnston City; a nephew, James Hart and wife, Jayna, of Benton; Mr. Hart’s longtime assistant, Edie Jones and husband, John, of Benton.

John Horeled 1951-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
John Horeled

John J. Horeled, 66, of Crystal Lake and a lifelong resident of McHenry County, died Thursday, May 3, 2018. He was born November 1, 1951, in Harvard to Joseph and Helen (nee Keeley) Horeled. 

John graduated from Marion Central High School in 1969. He later graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics in 1973. John then graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1976. John practiced law in McHenry County for over 42 years. He was involved in the Illinois State Bar Association for 40 years and was also involved in several section councils and task forces. 

Ruthe Howes-Palacios 1963-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Ruthe Howes-Palacios

Ruthe Ann Howes-Palacios, 55, of Des Plaines, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at her home after a long illness. She was born March 21, 1963, in Peoria. 

She graduated from Bradford High School, Illinois Central College, University of Illinois, and then earned her law degree from Northern Illinois University Law School. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

She married Juvenal Palacios on October 3, 1998. She worked for five years at Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission and 19 years at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Edward R. McCormick, Jr. 1947-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Edward McCormick Jr.

Edward (Ed) R. McCormick, Jr., 70, of Homewood, died Monday, February 19, 2018. He was born March 15, 1947.

Ed grew up in Chicago and moved to Steger with his parents, the late Edward (Dick) and the late Margaret (Peg) McCormick. He worked on the family chicken farm as a young boy. He graduated from St. Liborius in 1961 and Marian Catholic High School in 1965. 

He received an associate degree from Bloom Community College in 1967 and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1970. After graduating, Ed was a history teacher at St. Mary's grade school in Park Forest. 

Glenn Owen Fuller 1930-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Glenn Fuller

Glenn Owen Fuller, 87, died Sunday, April 29, 2018. He was born July 19, 1930, in Joliet. 

Glenn served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1961. He attended Illinois State University for his undergraduate studies then graduated from the University of Michigan with a law degree. 

He worked briefly in the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office before transitioning to private practice as a criminal defense attorney. He practiced law in Decatur for more than 50 years.