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Bond County Courthouse Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) Judge David Dugan, 5th Dist. Appellate Court Justice and IJA Treasurer David Overstreet, ISBA 2nd Vice President Dennis Orsey, Resident Circuit Judge John Knight,and  Judge Sarah Smith Raschen. 

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was presented during a ceremony Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Bond County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.

Historic Lincoln Portrait Arrives at Wayne County Courthouse

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled June 25 at a ceremony at the Wayne County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. It is considered to be one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

Brockton Lockwood 1944-2018

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Brocton Lockwood, 74, of Herrin, died Monday, May 21, 2018. He was born January 10, 1944, son of Randolph Scott D Lockwood and Bonnie (Allen) Favrot.

Brocton married Gala Lindsey on March 16, 2001. She survives. 

Brocton is survived by three children, Arden Dudek of Georgestown, Texas, Allen Lockwood of Cambridge, Md., and Jessica Lockwood of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Beau and Mina Brandstetter; stepson and daughter-in-law, Dan and Alana King of Marion; and two grandchildren, Austin and Colten King.

He is also survived by one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Carolyn Lindsey of Makanda; and many dearly loved cousins and special friends and will be missed by all who knew him.

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, May 24

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down three opinions on Thursday, May 24. The court upheld the constitutionality of the Vehicle Code’s definition of "low-speed gas bicycle" in People v. Plank, considered the application of the officer suit exception to sovereign immunity in Parmar v. Madigan, and determined whether statutory changes apply retroactively to two Freedom of Information Act requests in Perry v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Madison County Courthouse Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) IJA Board Member Hon. Judge Sarah Smith; IJA President Hon. John Coady; ISBA 3rd Vice President Dennis Orsey; Third Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla; IJA Treasurer Hon. Barbara Crowder.

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was presented during a ceremony Monday at the Madison County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

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.

Famous Lincoln Portrait Unveiled at St. Clair County Courthouse

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Anna Krolikowska

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled May 15 at a ceremony at the St. Clair County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. It is considered to be one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

More than 400 New Illinois Lawyers Admitted on May 10

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on May 10, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 401 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,500.

The largest group, 275, was admitted in the First Judicial District during three ceremonies at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall, located at 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the first ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs presided over the second ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the last ceremony.  

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