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Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Timothy D. Gronewold has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Peoria Office.

Mr. Gronewold concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, labor and employment law and construction law. 

Mr. Gronewold is active in his local community and serves as the Chairperson for the Morton Business District Development and Redevelopment Committee and serves on the Morton Micro Grant Review Committee. He also serves on a planning committee for the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mr. Gronewold received his B.S. from the Washington University Olin School of Business in 2003 and his J.D. from the Washington University School of Law in 2008.  He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and before the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. 

Arthur Greenberg, 83, of Peoria, died on Jan. 21, 2013, at his residence.

He was born July 31, 1929, in Chicago, to Irving and Dorothy Gordon Greenberg. He married Bonnie Mosiman on February 9, 1994, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dean Greenberg of Carbondale, Nina Dunavan of Austin, Texas; his grandson, Abraham Traverso of Carbondale; his great-grandson, Mateo Traverso and his sister, Nancy Plotkin, of Chicago.

Preceding him in death are his parents and granddaughter, Leah Dunavan.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.

He was a United States Navy veteran, serving his nation during the Korean War.

Arthur was a noted attorney in the Peoria area for many years, engaging in the practice of law from 1957 to 1978, 1982 to 1997, 1999 and 2000. He was also Resident Circuit Judge, Peoria County, Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court (1997-1998); Commissioner on the Inquiry Board, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) 1997; an Assistant State's Attorney, Peoria County, 1960 and 1962, and has been appointed special prosecutor and receiver in special cases.

He was licensed to practice law in all local Federal Courts, State of Illinois, State of Michigan, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Arthur was President of the Peoria County Bar Association (1992-1993), the Standing Committee on Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board (2005-2006), and the Illinois Central College Justice Advisory Board (2005 to 2011).

Donna Goelz
Donna Goelz
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Donna M. Goelz has become a shareholder with the firm.  Ms. Goelz practices out of the firm’s Peoria office.

Ms. Goelz concentrates her practice in corporate, regulatory and compliance matters for financial institutions­­­­­­­­­. She received her B.S., with honors, from Washington University in 1981 and her J.D., cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law in 1985 where she was the Articles Editor for the Law Journal. 

Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Ms. Goelz had extensive experience working with one of St. Louis’ largest law firms representing major banks, thrifts and related holding companies in corporate, regulatory and securities law matters. She provided legal direction during the formation of entities, acquisitions, securities offerings and other regulatory matters related to banking and financial organizations.

Ms. Goelz is admitted to both the Illinois State Bar and the Missouri Bar.

Lloyde Milton McClure
Lloyde Milton McClure
Lloyd Milton McClure, 98, of Beardstown, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born in Beardstown on Dec. 27, 1914, the son of Lloyd Milton and Beulah A. Glendinning McClure. He married Margaret J. Steadman on Feb. 29, 1940, and she preceded him in death in 1993.

He is survived by two sons, Lloyd Milton (wife, Suzanne) McClure and George Steadman (wife, Wyllia) McClure, both of Beardstown; one brother, James E. McClure of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Beardstown High School with the class of 1932; he attended Severn School, Marion Military Institute, and graduated from University of Illinois and the College of Law of the University of Illinois in 1939. At the time of his retirement in 1981, he was senior partner in the law firm of McClure, Brannan and Hardwick founded in 1883 by his grandfather, Milton McClure. He was state's attorney of Cass County for 12 years and served as an assistant attorney general and as city attorney for the City of Beardstown for many years.

Allen J. Oehlert
Allen J. Oehlert
Beloved husband, dad, grandpa, Allen J. Oehlert, JD, 65, of Chatham, died December 30, 2012 at his home. He was born June 3, 1947 in Melrose Park, IL to Walter J. and Dorothy Welch Oehlert. He married Sara Lamos on June 5, 1971, was a devoted and loving husband, and she survives. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sara; he was a great dad to four children, Matthew (Amie) Oehlert of Denver, CO, Elizabeth (Vladimir) Avila of Chicago, Emily (Aaron) Dufrene of Buffalo, NY and Katherine (Phillip) Galloway of Springfield; he was a doting, loving grandpa to seven grandchildren, Marcelina, Gus and Amelia Oehlert, Lucas Avila, Finn and Sophia Dufrene and Seraphina Galloway; brother-in-law, Mark (Jerry Jones) Lamos of Sherman, CT; and his beloved dogs, Burt and Madison. He was a caring, giving man, a true and loyal friend. He lived life to the fullest, loved to laugh and his family was his greatest treasure.


Guy C. Hall
Guy C. Hall
Robbins Schwartz is excited to announce the opening of our new office in Champaign-Urbana. From this office Robbins Schwartz will continue to provide our central Illinois clients with a full range of legal services.  

We are also pleased to announce that Guy C. Hall has joined the firm as a partner in our new Champaign-Urbana office.  

Guy has over 25 years of legal experience and has worked with local governmental entities, including park districts, on real estate transactions, taxation issues, creditor’s rights and general legal compliance issues. Guy also provides legal representation to a number of businesses, including electric cooperatives and health care institutions. Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Guy was a partner in the law firm of Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy & Perlstein.

About Robbins Schwartz: Since its founding in 1970, Robbins Schwartz has provided a full range of legal services to educational institutions, public entities and private sector clients. With offices in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Mokena, Decatur and Collinsville, Robbins, Schwartz is uniquely positioned to serve schools, colleges and municipal bodies, as well as clients in the corporate sector throughout Illinois.  For a complete description of the legal services provided by Robbins Schwartz visit the Firm’s website at www.robbins-schwartz.com.    

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Tom Schmidt
Tom Schmidt
Thomas "Tom" M. Schmidt, 60, of Springfield died at 11:57 am Friday, December 14, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on December 8, 1952 in Melrose, MN to Frank and Clare Fergen Schmidt. He married Tina Saunderson. 

He is survived by his wife Tina; two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline Schmidt; mother, Clare Schmidt of Des Moines, IA; two sisters, Ann (Tom) Hamilton of Cape Coral, FL and Jill (Jim) Rodriguez of Des Moines, IA; two brothers, Mark Schmidt of Cape Coral, FL and Bob (Tami) Schmidt of Rochester, MN; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lisa (Charles Menard) Saunderson of Glen Ellyn, IL. 

Tom was a devoted father to his beloved daughters and wonderful husband to Tina. He had a great fondness and respect for all of the partners and staff at the Livingstone, Mueller, O'Brien, and Davlin Law Firm and greatly enjoyed his 24 year career there. Before he joined the firm as a partner, Tom was Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Worker's Compensation for the State of Illinois. Prior to that, he served in the state's attorney's office in Rock Island, IL.

Tom was very active at Blessed Sacrament Parish and School where he was a leader in capital campaigns for both. He served as Home School Association president, served on the School Board, and was a Eucharistic minister. 

Tom earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Iowa. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

He waged a valiant fight against cancer for the last five years.


Two Central Illinois TV stations highlighted the Lawyers Feeding Illinois program in news reports last week. ISBA President John E. Thies led a group of local attorneys and bar leaders on a visit to the Central Illinois Food Bank in Springfield. The Lawyers Feeding Illinois competition begins Feb. 18 - but donate and sign your team up now at lawyersfeedingil.org

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Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Wednesday that the Tenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Timothy J. Cusack as an associate judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Cusack received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, and his Juris Doctor in 1989 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Cusack is currently affiliated with the Peoria County Public Defender's Office in Peoria.