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Here are the Supreme, Appellate and Circuit results for Tuesday's judicial elections for all circuits outside of Cook. Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier was retained with a 60.7% yes vote in his retention race, according to results in The Southern Illinoisan.

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Candidates must receive 65% on the question of Meets Requirements of Office in order to be Recommended. Winners in bold


5th District Supreme Retention

CandidateRecommended/ Not RecommendedMeets Requirements of Office

Lloyd A. Karmeier



Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Philip G. Montgomery and Joseph R. Voiland as associate judges of the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Montgomery received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and his Juris Doctor in 1987 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Montgomery is currently affiliated with the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office in Sycamore.

Mr. Voiland received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and his Juris Doctor in 1977 from Loyola University in Chicago. Mr. Voiland is currently engaged in solo practice in Yorkville and as a bankruptcy trustee with the U.S. Department of Justice in Chicago.

Join us in DeKalb on Friday, Oct. 24 for a look at the common construction contact terms that require close attention to detail, as well as the often-recurring construction issues that can have significant consequences. Construction law practitioners, real estate lawyers, and attorneys providing legal advice to project owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and contractors – with basic to intermediate practice experience – who attend this seminar will better understand: the various issues that can arise during the performance of a construction contract, including warranty, insurance, and changed conditions; the implications of terminating a contractor or subcontractor; the common damage provisions of construction projects; the importance of paying attention to the details when making compensation claims; change order provisions and the issues that can arise; the contract provisions found in public construction contracts; and how to make your disputed contracts easier to understand and enforce.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Construction Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section and the ISBA Real Estate Law Section. It qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Norma Kauzlarich as an associate judge of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Kauzlarich received her undergraduate degree in 1986 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and her Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Iowa. Ms. Kauzlarich is currently affiliated with the Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office in Rock Island.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has announced an application process for appointment to an upcoming resident Circuit Court vacancy in Peoria County in the 10th Judicial Circuit. The vacancy will be created upon Judge Michael E. Brandt's retirement, effective December 12, 2014.

Karen Williams
Karen Williams
Karen S. Williams, 42, Rockford, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born March 2, 1972, in Taiwan Taichung, daughter of Bennie L. and Ching-Pi Wu Williams. Karen graduated from Jefferson High School in 1990, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, her master's degree from Villanova and her juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.

Karen was a practicing attorney in the Chicago area for nine years before moving back home to Rockford. While in Chicago, she worked as a contract attorney in the litigation department at Shefsky & Froelich, Ltd. She was currently a certified arbitrator at the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Illinois. Karen was an activist and a high energy cheerleader in every aspect of her life. She served as president and member of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, an organization that identifies young professionals and develops them into future community leaders.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Glenn R. Schorsch as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Schorsch received his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and his Juris Doctor in 1988 from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. Mr. Schorsch is currently affiliated with the Stephenson County Public Defender's Office in Freeport, IL.

The law firm of Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP is pleased to announce that Daniel F. Hardin has joined the firm as an Associate.

Daniel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2012. While in law school, Daniel was the Managing Editor for the Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. Daniel received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, one of the College's highest honors. Daniel is originally from Portland, Oregon and graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University in 2007.

Prior to joing the firm, Danield worked as a judicial law clerk for Justice Mary W. McDade of the Illinois Appellate Court. He also served as a volunteer attorney at a legal aid clinic in Rock Island. Daniel is licensed in Illinois and will sit for the Iowa Bar examination in July of 2014. Daniel is engaged in general practice with a focus on litigation.

Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton and Noe was founded in 1954 by Virgil Bozeman and has been located in the 5th Avenue Building in downtown Moline since its founding. The firm also has offices in Davenport and Cambridge.

The firm now consists of 11 partners, 2 associates and 4 of counsel attorneys. BNPN provides consistent, professional and quality representation for its many clients in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
The law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C. is pleased to announce that Attorney Nerino J. Petro, Jr. has joined the firm as its new Chief Information Officer.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Petro graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law, in May 1988.  He received a B.A. degree in Political Science, from NIU in May 1985. Admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1988 and the Wisconsin Bar in 2007, Petro is a member of the American, Illinois and Wisconsin State, and Winnebago County Bar Associations. He practiced as a solo attorney in Winnebago County for more than 16 years.

Recognized nationally as a speaker and author on legal technology and practice management, Petro speaks throughout the US and abroad on these topics. He is an active member and past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Legal Technology. He has accepted the position of Chair of the Winnebago County Bar Association Practice Management Committee for the upcoming year. He served as the first Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin, and its more than 24,000 members, from 2006-2014.   

Holmstrom & Kennedy is a century-old, 18-lawyer firm providing innovative solutions to complex issues throughout Northern Illinois, with offices in Rockford and Byron. In addition to business transactions, its attorneys practice in health care, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, employment and labor, intellectual property, civil litigation, estate planning, real estate, and immigration law.

ISBA Past President Herb Franks
ISBA Past President Herb Franks
A roast to celebrate ISBA Past President Herb Franks' more than 50 years of service in the legal profession will be held on Aug. 8 at Donley's Village Hall Banquets, 8512 S. Union Road in Union. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner and roast at 7 p.m. Donation levels range from $75-$500. All proceeds from the event will benefit Prairie State Legal Services.

Featured roasters include Illinois Supreme Court Justices Anne Burke and Thomas Kilbride, Secretary of State Jesse White, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell, Appellate Court judges Richard Goldenhersh and Mary Schostock and ISBA Past Presidents Paula H. Holderman and Tim Eaton. Attorney General Lisa Madigan will make the opening remarks.

For more information, contact Ann Sprague at or (815) 923-2107.