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David Kirk
David Kirk
David H. Kirk, 73, of Danville passed away suddenly on March 14, 2017, at his home.

David was born on Jan. 9, 1944, to Claude and Catharine (Strader) Kirk. He attended and graduated from Schlarman High School, the University of Illinois and John Marshall Law School in Chicago. David also took time during those years to enlist and serve in the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Independence during Vietnam.

Upon completing his military service and his education, David practiced law in a firm with other local attorneys. Following that, he opened his own private practice where he continued his 34-year career before his retirement in 2005.

David was a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 210.

David was a kind soul who thoughtfully sent a little note or card to someone he hadn't heard from in a while, or who might be in need of a friend. But more than anything else, he loved being at home with his wife Jackie and his two best friends, his fur babies Jesse and Billy.

David married Jackie Kirchoff on Aug. 21, 1992, in Danville and the two shared over 25 years together. He will be greatly missed by Jackie, his two sons Shane and Adam Kirchoff, his grandchildren Isaac and Amelia Kirchoff, brother Ronald Kirk, sisters Kathy (Dan) Strako and Rosemary Strebin, brothers-in-law Jeff (Lisa) Knapp and Mark (Marilyn) Knapp, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind countless close friends.

Brigette Lobacz
Brigette Lobacz
Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., a Tazewell County, Illinois, law firm that provides legal services and counsel regarding civil practice areas, recently announced three significant changes to the firm.

The name of the firm changed from Moehle, Swearingen & Assoc., Ltd. to Moehle Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd. to recognize Brigette Lobacz joining the firm as a partner in September 2016.

After more than forty years of serving individuals, small businesses, and local government, Bradley W. Swearingen retired in December 2016.

Jill M. Arnold joined the firm as an associate attorney in February 2017. Arnold is originally from Roanoke, Illinois, and a graduate of Illinois State University and Valparaiso University School of Law.

Stuart Funderburg
Stuart Funderburg
Stinson Leonard Street LLP announced that Stuart Funderburg joined the firm as a partner in the Decatur office.

Funderburg joins the firm from Archer Daniels Midland Company, where he has worked since 1998, most recently serving in the role of Chief Corporate & Securities Counsel and Assistant Secretary. In this role, he led ADM's securities law compliance, capital markets and corporate governance efforts. He also previously served as Associate General Counsel for ADM's Europe, Asia and Africa operating regions, working closely with senior management to advise on a wide variety of complex legal matters, as well as assisting with the development of business strategy and evaluation of potential transactions.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides transactional, counseling and litigation services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held businesses to national companies and international public corporations

 

Michael J. Tague
Michael J. Tague
Michael J. Tague, 62, of Champaign, died the evening of Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Mike was born on Jan. 30, 1955, in Alton, the oldest child and only son of Charles and Loretta (Medlock) Tague. He married Lynn Warren on Oct 30, 1987. Mike was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lynn; his father, Charles; two children, Collin Tague and Abigail Graham; grandaughter, Juliette Richardson (Baby Boss); two sisters, Mary (Dale) Busler and Victoria (Gene) Prairie, and two brothers-in-law Eric and Keith Warren.

Mike graduated from Alton Senior High School in 1973, and went on to Bradley University where he graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1977. Mike completed his formal education at the University of Illinois in 1979 with a Juris Doctorate. He was a practicing attorney at the law firm of Flynn, Palmer and Tague.

Mike's life was a colorful blend of friends, family, gardening and animals, and his quirky sense of humor always brought laughter to the mix. He was good at everything: he wrote short stories, made huge breakfasts, and he sang showtunes. Services have been held.

Paul Stone
Paul Stone
Paul Stone, 101, passed away February 11, 2017 at his home in Sullivan. Paul was born September 21, 1915, in rural Jasper County Illinois, the oldest of eight children of Claude and Ruth Stewart Stone. His family moved to Moultrie County in 1916 where his father farmed. Paul attended numerous one room country schools until entering Sullivan Township High School and graduating in 1933. Following graduation he worked three years in Sullivan at the Brown Shoe Company for 12¢ per hour, ten hours per day, six days per week. In 1936 he entered the University of Illinois where he met the love of his life, Thelma Jones, who he married February 5, 1939, in Benton, IL. In 1940 he received a B.S. in General Business, the first in his family to earn a college degree. In 1942 he received his law degree from the University of Illinois. He was honored by the UI Law School as its February 1973 Alumni of the Month.

He was admitted to the practice of law September 14, 1942, and practiced law in Sullivan for 55 years until he retired as senior partner of Stone, Stone and Hanson in 1998 at age 82. Paul was a past president of the Sullivan Kiwanis Club and the Moultrie County Bar Association.In 1950 he was elected as a State Representative to the 67th General Assembly from the 24th District [Moultrie, Champaign and Piatt counties] and served one term.

In 1961 he was appointed by Governor Otto Kerner to the Teacher’s College Board for Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois and Illinois State Universities. He served as Chairman in 1965-1966.

Dennis Hollahan
Dennis Hollahan
Hanson Professional Services Inc. has selected Dennis Hollahan, who works at the firm’s Springfield headquarters, to become the company’s first internal legal counsel. He will lead corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives, provide senior management with advice on company strategies and implementation and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel. 

“Dennis is a natural choice for us,” said Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., Hanson’s chairman and CEO. “His experience from private practice, the military and our in-house land acquisition management will serve us well.”

Hollahan was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a helicopter pilot during Desert Storm and later as a judge advocate general for the Illinois Army National Guard. Prior to joining Hanson in 2008, he was the section chief for land acquisition and property management and a special assistant chief counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). He has been a land acquisition project manager for Hanson, working on projects for clients including IDOT, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois county and municipal highway departments.

Hollahan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School. He is an Illinois licensed attorney at law and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. 

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services.

Enhance your professional excellence by attending this full-day seminar in Quincy on March 24, 2017 that gives you the opportunity to update your knowledge in a number of general practice areas! Attorneys with basic to intermediate levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how mobile and desktop software applications can help you practice more efficiently; the recent changes to the trust account regulations by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; common mistakes and errors (and how to avoid them) when dealing with recent changes in how divorces are handled in Illinois; how e-filing and cameras in the courtroom will affect the Eighth Judicial Circuit; the recent cases involving search and seizure and other criminal law issues; the Illinois Parentage Act; how to use mediation and alternative dispute resolution in your practice; how to increase civility in your practice, both in person and on social media; and the best methods for having personal collections and items appraised for trusts and estates.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section. It qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, including 4.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Bradford A. Rau, Sr., a former Macon County assistant state's attorney, as resident circuit judge of Moultrie County in Sixth Judicial Circuit. Rau fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Dan L. Flannell. The appointment takes effect April 3, 2017, and terminates December 3, 2018, 

Don’t miss this annual event that updates you on a number of key agricultural law issues! Get the information you need on several hot topic areas in the agricultural law area, including recent developments and anticipated changes to Illinois and federal estate and income tax law. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar in Springfield on February 3, 2017 will better understand: mineral law surveys and updates involving the Severed Mineral Interest Act; the environmental laws that may affect farming businesses; the agricultural-related legislation involving agro-environmental issues; how to create a succession plan for family-owned farms; farm lease forms and current leasing trends; key ethics issues to be aware of, including confidentiality and conflicts of interest; and much more!

Valjean Rhule SmithValjean Rhule Smith, 88, of Springfield, passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center. 

Valjean was born on February 16, 1928 in Springfield, the son of George and Tressa Rhule Smith. He married Connie Lee Riley on August 9, 1969 in Beardstown; she preceded him in death on August 13, 2012. 

Valjean earned his juris doctorate from Springfield College. He served as a public defender and worked for several private practice firms before retiring from the State of IL, Division of Aeronautics. He was a member of the Jacksonville Country Club and enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with his family.