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Ellis E. Leighty passed away late last month passed away at the Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb. Mr. Leighty served in World War II and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1948. He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1951.

Ellis' most famous legal client was Burl Ives, when Ellis served as local counsel to Burl and wife, Helen, in the purchase of Warren County, Ill., farmlands and again a few years later when they sold those lands as a part of their divorce proceedings.

Click here to read the full obituary in the Peoria Journal Star.

ISBA Presiden John O'Brien (right) presents "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln" to Lincoln Library Director Nancy Huntley as Lincoln re-creator Randy Duncan looks on.
ISBA President John O'Brien (right) presents "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln" to Lincoln Library Director Nancy Huntley as Lincoln re-creator Randy Duncan looks on at the ISBA's Illinois Bar Center in Springfield.

ISBA President John O'Brien presented a complete, four-volume set of hardcover books, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, to the public libraries in Belleville, Edwardsville and Springfield on Friday and in Danville, Decatur and Bloomington on Tuesday.

The ISBA, in partnership with its charitable affiliate the Illinois Bar Foundation, purchased sets for all 102 Illinois counties as a contribution to the Illinois Bicentennial celebration of Lincoln's birth on Feb. 12, 2009.

"Public libraries throughout the state will now have this important set of books that include details of his 50 most prominent cases," O'Brien said. "It is a lasting tribute to the most revered lawyer in the history of our state and nation."

The Papers, a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865), is considered the most comprehensive collection of texts during his life.