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The Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County has posted a notice that there are five vacancies in the office of associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Applications are being accepted for these vacancies, as well as additional vacancies which may occur during the nomination process, that will be filled by vote of the Circuit Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Bill Haley
Bill Haley
William F. "Bill" Haley, age 67, a resident of Wheaton, for 25 years, formerly of Oak Park died December 5, 2014 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was born August 11, 1947 in Elmhurst.

Bill grew up in Oak Park, attended Ascension Grade School and was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School. He received a BA in history from Loyola University in Chicago and later received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. Bill worked as an attorney for many years and enjoyed tutoring and coaching youth baseball, football and softball.

Beloved husband of Margaret Haley, loving father of Katie (Jeff) Philippe of Chicago, Tom (Cathy Hwang) Haley of Palo Alto, CA, Claire Haley of Chicago and Rose Haley of Chicago, proud grandfather of Levon Philippe, devoted son of the late Frank and Mary Haley, dear brother of Mary Haley of Oak Park, Sr. Jeanne Haley, O.Carm. of Naperville, John (Julia) Haley of Oak Park, Dan (Mary) Haley of Oak Park and Jeanne Haley of Park Forest, IL, fond uncle and great-uncle of many.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: St. Patrick's Residence, 1400 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563, (630) 416-0783,

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has welcomed a lateral associate to its Libertyville office and two recent law school graduates to its Chicago office.

Jordan C. Olejniczak
Jordan C. Olejniczak
Burke & Handley, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jordan C. Olejniczak has joined the firm as an Associate. Mr. Olejniczak graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. During his last year of school, he worked at a law firm in Naperville, Illinois. Mr. Olejniczak will be working in the firm’s commercial banking, real estate, and bankruptcy practice. 

Edward A. Matuga Sr. Esq, 93, a longtime resident and attorney in Westchester, passed away on Dec. 4, 2014.

He was a former prosecutor for Westchester, Broadview & Bellwood, founder of Aspire, past president at the Mental Health Commission for Proviso Twp. & West Suburban Bar Assn, member of the Illinois State Bar Association, past-president of the Advocate Society of Chicago and VFW of Lagrange.

Edward was the eloved husband of the late Pearl; Loving father of Edward A. M.D. (Joan) Matuga, Janice (Thomas) O’Hara; Rita (Thomas) Ahearn & the late Michael; dear grandfather of Edward, Carolyn, Todd, Tracy, Timothy, Michael & Christopher; great-grandfather; Tanner, Keenan & Presley with more on the way. And step great grandfather of Leigha; fond brother of Theodore M.D. (Barbara) & the late Mitchell, Helen & Joseph Matuga.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers. Memorials to Divine Infant Church. Info 800-562-0082 or

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host Lawyers Rock 2015 on March 5 at the Double Door in Chicago. VIP Tickets are $100 and include food, wine, beer and soda throughout the evening. General admission tickets are $50 and include food and two beer and wine tickets. To purchase tickets, please click here

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please click here to purchase a sponsorship.

Proceeds from this event help the Illinois Bar Foundation ensure access to justice and support juvenile justice causes through the Foundation’s M. Denny Hassakis Fund.

The Illinois Supreme Court has reassigned Cook County Circuit Judges Cynthia Y. Cobbs and Stuart E. Palmer to the First District Appellate Court. Both assignments are effective Jan. 7, 2015 with Palmer's term expiring Dec. 5, 2016. Cobbs' assignment is effective until further order of the court.

Effective today, January 5, 2015, requests for extended media coverage may be filed for cases in the Criminal Division courtrooms at the Georg N. Leighton Criminal Court Building located at 2600 South California Avenue in Chicago.

Interested news media organizations shall send all camera requests to the media coordinator, Bob Graves, Illinois Photo Editor for the Associate Press, at:

Requests will be considered on a case by case basis by the judge assigned to the case.

For complete information on how the Extended Media Coverage Pilot Program works, including guidelines and restrictions, go to, select “Media” and “Extended Media Coverage.”

Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell announced that the Court is accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the Office of Associate Judge of the 18th Circuit Court of DuPage County. This vacancy is the result of the elevation of Associate Judge Paul M. Fullerton to Circuit Judge.

Schiff Hardin has announced that ISBA member Lynn J. Watkins has been elevated to partner status effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Mr. Watkins concentrates his practice in corporate and securities, as well as finance. Mr. Watkins has experience representing private and public company clients in their acquisitions and divestitures, institutional clients in connection with their investments in alternative investment vehicles and private equity funds in their formation and compliance with securities laws. Mr. Watkins also represents financial institutions and borrowers in a variety of financing matters, including secured and unsecured term note placements and mezzanine financings.

Mr. Watkins earned his J.D. (2005) from the University of Illinois College of Law, his M.P.P (2002) from the University of Michigan — Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and his A.B. (1999) from Oberlin College.