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In honor of Prairie State Legal Services' 40th anniversary, the organization will be hosting two events to honor 40 Heroes for Justice, including Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The events will be held on Thursday, September 28 in Peoria, and Friday, October 27 in Oak Brook.


Hon. Richard E. Scott
Hon. Richard E. Scott
Honorable Richard E. Scott, 76 years of age, died 31 July 2017 at home. He was a former resident circuit judge of Edgar County. 

Mr. Scott was born 5 May 1941, the son of C.E. Scott and Mary (McCarthy) Fitzgerald Scott. He was married to Katherine Miller Scott, who predeceased him on 2 May 1992. He then married Margaret A. Brecht, who survives. 

Mr. Scott graduated from Paris High School in 1959. After graduation from the University of Illinois Law School in 1966 and successfully completing the bar exam, Mr. Scott entered the United States Air Force through the Officer Training School and served until October of 1970. 

Upon leaving the military, he became affiliated with the Model Circuit State’s Attorney Project in Bloomington, Illinois. He was appointed Associate Circuit Judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in April 1972. When Judge Carl Lund was elected to the Fourth District Appellate Court, Judge Scott was appointed to the office of resident circuit judge (Edgar County) for the Fifth Judicial Circuit effective 3 December 1986. He was then elected to that position in 1988, serving until his retirement in December of 2000. He was recalled to active judge status in March 2008, and retired again in July of 2010. Mr. Scott was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Mary’s Cemetery Board, and St. Mary’s Finance Board. 


Abraham Lincoln overcame poverty, lack of formal education, chronic depression, and other obstacles to become one of the leading lawyers in Illinois. Lessons from Lincoln's life and law practice continue to inspire, influence, and impact generations of lawyers who strive to be leaders in the legal profession. Don't miss this full-day seminar in Lincoln, Illinois on September 8, 2017 that examines Lincoln's legal career, the character traits that helped him achieve success in law and politics, how he dealt with his personal and professional issues, and how he networked with clients and lawyers around the state to build a successful practice.  

Hon. Russell Hartigan and Hon. Rita Garman
Hon. Russell Hartigan and Hon. Rita Garman
A ceremony was held last Friday, August 4, dedicating the Vermilion County Courthouse in the name of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman, who began her judicial career in as an associate judge there. Earlier this year, the Vermilion County board voted to rename the building to honor Garman's achievements and years of service. Hon. Russell Hartigan, ISBA president, attended.

Albert Hutmacher
Albert Hutmacher
Colonel Albert "Matt" Hutmacher of 2030 SE Wilmar Drive, Quincy, died June 27, 2017, at the age of 76. He was born December 21, 1940 in Quincy, a son to Paul and Evelyn (Hollenstine) Hutmacher. He married Mary Heidbreder on December 29, 1967. They were blessed with two children, Matthew and Gretchen, whom Matt was very proud of. 

Matt was a 1958 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame, attended Quincy University from 1958 to 1960, a 1962 graduate with honors of St. Louis University, and he received a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1965. He valued his education and was most fond of his time at SLU. 

Matt served in the United States Army and Illinois Army National Guard. During the Vietnam War, he served 19 months in the United States and South Vietnam. He was stationed at Long Binh and Saigon with the 1st Signal Brigade and subsequently with the 126th Supply & Service Company (DS) National Guard Company at Chu Lai. Matt retired as Colonel after 26 years of service. In the spring of 2016, with his secretary as his Guardian, the 126th (also known as "The Hallmark Unit") traveled together on the Great River Honor Flight. 

Hon. Craig H. DeArmond, Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, has been assigned as an Appellate Court Justice in the Fourth Judicial District. The assignment  takes effect on September 1, 2017, and will continue until further order of the Court.

"I am pleased to announce the assignment of Judge Craig DeArmond to the Fourth District Appellate Court. Judge DeArmond has many years of experience that have amply prepared him for the work of the appellate court," Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman said. "His background includes eight years as Vermilion County State’s Attorney and several years in private practice representing criminal defendants and clients in civil matters. He was elected in 2015 to serve as Chief Judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Judge DeArmond has served on the Supreme Court Committee on Education for several years and is a frequent presenter at judicial education programs. He will make a fine addition to the appellate court."

Clyde B. Hendricks
Clyde B. Hendricks
Clyde B. “Sandy” Hendricks, known by his family and friends as “Butch”, 65, of Peoria, IL, passed away on June 15, at home in Peoria. He was born on June 22, 1951, in Peoria, IL, to Clyde and Sarah Hendricks.

Sandy loved spending time with his fiancée and her family, particularly having a special soft spot for the grandkids. He also adored his three canine companions. He will also be missed by his law office family.

A proud Peorian, Sandy was a Peoria Central High School and Illinois Central College graduate, going on to graduate from Bradley University in 1976 and later earn his juris doctor from the University of Illinois in 1992. An attorney in private practice, Sandy most recently served as counsel for Trademark Title Services, LLC in Peoria. Prior to that, he was employed as Central Illinois regional counsel for First American Title Insurance Company, and also worked for 12 years at the Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments where he received the distinction of “Certified Illinois Assessing Official”. In his early years, Sandy worked as a radio disc jockey.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

Richard Marks Joy, 73, of Champaign passed away peacefully in the company of family and friends on Monday, July 3, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after complications from pancreatic cancer.

Richard was a graduate of York High School in Elmhurst, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.

He clerked for Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert C. Underwood, was a former partner at the law firm of Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy, & Perlstein in Champaign, and a current partner at Tummelson Bryan & Knox in Urbana, with a practice focusing on business transactions, commercial and residential real estate, as well as workers' compensation.

He was an active member of the community, chairing committees and serving on various boards .

Hon. Maxwell Stewart
Hon. Maxwell Stewart
The Honorable Max B. Stewart, 95, of Galesburg, formerly of Hamilton, died at 7:54 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

He was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Robert and Mildred (Foelker) Stewart. He married Dolores R. Dulak in December 1946, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death in October 1983. He later married Martha Schrage Kirchner on May 18, 1985, in Carthage. She preceded him in death April 2, 2013.

Max graduated from Hamilton High School in 1939 and from Carthage College in 1943. In 1941, typical of his generation, he answered the call to service and enlisted in the United States Navy following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His enlistment was deferred until his graduation from college, at which time he was commissioned an officer. He served until being discharged in 1946. He served with the Amphibious Navy as a skipper on flat bottomed vessels. He and his crew navigated the Pacific Ocean, some 6,000 miles, from Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan.

After the war, he attended Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1948. He returned to Illinois and practiced law in Hancock County. He was elected State's Attorney in 1956. He was a career prosecutor until being elected a Circuit Judge in 1974. In 1981, he was elected Chief Judge of the Circuit. He served until retiring in 1988.

Kenneth Vander Leest
Kenneth Vander Leest
Kenneth F. Vander Leest, 89, of Peoria passed away at 4:26 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 13, 1928, in Mitchellville, Iowa, to Arthur and Marie (de Reus) Vander Leest, he married Sondra D. Matthew on September 10, 1955, in Pekin.

He was a United States Army veteran. A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, he received his law degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Kenneth was an attorney for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 35 years, working in Switzerland for five years and in Peoria. 

Kenneth enjoyed golfing, playing bridge and hiking in Arizona. He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.