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Judge Mike Chmiel, Mary Todd Lincoln (a/k/a Laura F. Keyes), President Abraham Lincoln (a/k/a Kevin J. Wood), and Dean Cantú at the Fall 2015 Conference of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
Judge Mike Chmiel, Mary Todd Lincoln (a/k/a Laura F. Keyes), President Abraham Lincoln (a/k/a Kevin J. Wood), and Dean Cantú at the Fall 2015 Conference of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies.

On October 16, 2015, at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, Judge Mike Chmiel met with Mary Todd Lincoln (a/k/a Laura F. Keyes), President Abraham Lincoln (a/k/a Kevin J. Wood), and Dean Cantú at the Fall 2015 Conference of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies.  Cantú serves as Executive Director for the Council.  Chmiel serves as Chair of the Civics Education Subcommittee of the Standing Committee for the Law Related Education of the Public of the ISBA, and attended the conference to share opportunities provided by volunteers of the ISBA and the Illinois Judges Association to teach students about civics.

Joseph Tryner
Joseph Tryner
Joseph J. Tryner, 81, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday (Oct. 3, 2015) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

He was born on July 5, 1934, in Wilmington, the son of John and Bessie Mary (nee Morey) Tryner. His parents preceded him in death.

Joseph graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952. He then graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1958. In 1958, he established his first solo practice in Joliet. In 1960, he moved his practice to Wilmington where it is known today as Tryner Law Firm. He was proud to have had his son, John, join the firm in 1999. Joseph eventually retired in 2012 and his son continues his legacy at the firm.

Mr. Tryner was the city attorney for Wilmington from 1969 to 1993. He served as alderman on the Wilmington City Council from 1995 to 1999. He also served as attorney for Wilmington Township, Braidwood, Diamond, Wilmington Fire Protection District, and Wilmington Park District. He was a former director at the First National Bank in Wilmington for many years, past president of the Wilmington Rotary and served on the board for Trinity Services Foundation. Joseph was a member of the Island City Baptist Church in Wilmington and the Masonic Lodge 208 in Wilmington. Other than enjoying his life as an attorney, he loved to hunt with his father and his son, and he enjoyed photography.

Joseph R. Tybor
Joseph R. Tybor
Joseph Tybor, the longtime Chicago journalist and press secretary for the Illinois Supreme Court, died Saturday at his home in Countryside. He was 68.

Tybor’s 30-year journalism career included comprehensive coverage of a broad array of subjects, including the Vietnam War, Notre Dame football and his must-read “On the Law” column that ran weekly in the Chicago Tribune.

For the past decade and a half he was a diligent advocate for the Illinois Supreme Court and spearheaded key changes to the Open Meetings Act, which allowed cameras into Illinois courtrooms for the first time.

"My colleagues and I are deeply saddened by Joe’s passing. He was truly dedicated to his role as the voice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and we watched in awe as he continued to carry out his duties even as he fought his illness," Chief Justice Rita B. Garman said. "He was an example to us all of courage and strength. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, in which he took such great pride. We will miss his professionalism, his optimism, and his cheerful demeanor."

“His relationships with reporters and his love and passion for the law made him such an absolute great fit at the Supreme Court,” Tybor’s son, Adam Tybor, said. “He was amazing at his job - he fought for his beliefs."

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Jeffrey L. Hirsch as an associate judge of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Hirsch received his undergraduate degree in 1991 from Indiana University in Bloomington and his Juris Doctor in 1994 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Mr. Hirsch is currently affiliated with The Gitlin Law Firm in Woodstock.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Monday that the 22nd Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Michael E. Coppedge as an associate judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Coppedge received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, and his Juris Doctor in 1987 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Coppedge is currently affiliated with Cowlin, Naughton, Curran & Coppedge in Crystal Lake.

Judith M. Bolles Jenz
Judith M. Bolles Jenz
DuPage County family law attorney Judith M. Bolles Jenz is proud to announce the opening of The Law Office of Judith Jenz. The DuPage County law office is located at 305 S. Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.

The Law Office of Judith Jenz represents families and individuals facing family law matters such as divorce, child custody, child support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, paternity, and guardianship proceedings. The DuPage County law firm also has extensive experience in successfully handling legal matters pertaining to residential real estate, wills and trusts, and estate planning.

Additionally, the firm is pleased to announce the launch of its new website located at:http://www.jenzlawoffice.com. The website was built with responsive design technology which allows for an optimal user experience no matter what type of device an individual utilizes. Potential clients can easily schedule a confidential consultation by filling out the website’s user-friendly contact form.

Davi Law Group, LLC, located in Wheaton, Illinois, is pleased to announce the expansion of its criminal defense practice. The firm welcomes Associate Attorney Pierina "Rina" Infelise to the team. Infelise brings extensive criminal law experience from her ten years working with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

DuPage County criminal defense lawyer Pierina “Rina”Infelise obtained her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and obtained her B.A. in criminal justice with a minor in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to working with Davi Law Group, LLC, Infelise worked as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. In addition to prosecuting felony cases, she worked in the Preliminary Hearing Division, Felony Review Unit, Branch 66 Homicide/Sex Unit, Domestic Violence Division, and the Appellate Division.

Infelise is an active member of the following professional legal organizations: the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Justinian Society of Lawyers, and the DuPage Association for Women Lawyers.

William R. Stanczak
William R. Stanczak
William R. Stanczak of Waukegan, died Tuesday, September 8 after a short illness. He was 78. Born January 10, 1937 to Celia (née Svedo) & Bruno W. Stanczak, Bill graduated from Holy Rosary Grade School, Waukegan High School and Marquette University Law School. 

A practicing attorney in Lake County since 1960, Bill was a long-time member of Glen Flora Country Club, City Club, The Lake County Bar Association and Marquette's "M" Club for former athletes. He was also a member of the Wilmot Mountain Ski School Bill loved skiing, golf, basketball, hunting and playing with his dogs. Friends and family will miss his twinkling eyes and mischievous smile.

Survived by his wife of 25 years Lynn Stanczak (née Murray) and five children: Lisa Stanczak (Skip Lemon) of Bloomfield Village, MI; Heidi Dyer (Timothy) of Mequon, WI; Kristine Stanczak of Libertyville, IL; Suzanne Stanczak of Gurnee, IL; Bill Stanczak (Jessica, née Olive) of Evanston, IL; and one step-son, Joshua Neuwirth (Marylu, née Pajente) of Waukegan, IL. Bill will be missed by ten grandchildren: Christian Lemon, Heidi Lemon, Gretchen Lemon, Neal Dyer, Phoebe Dyer, Gillian Dyer, Julia Elsmo, Sophie Elsmo, Olivia Stanczak and Emily Stanczak; and two step-grandchildren: Caleb Neuwirth and Cylla Neuwirth.

Bill is also survived by his brother Dr. Ronald (Patricia) Stanczak of Gurnee, IL and a sister, Susan (the late David) Everett of Canon City, CO and brother-in-law, Steve Murray, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, golf buddies, former law partners, business associates and three very spoiled dogs: Joe Black, Maxine and Tootchie.


Judge Michael J. Chmiel brought the "Courtroom to the Classroom" program to members of the Huntley Rotary club this week. Approximately 100 judges and 100 attorneys across the state through the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges Association, donate their time to present facts about our government and to answer questions to enhance civic classes in our high schools and middle schools. ISBA President Umberto S. Davi has made it a priority to expand the "Courtrooms in the Classroom" program to adult groups such as Rotary Clubs, the VFW and the Jaycees.

Pictured: Judge Chmiel gave highlights from the Civics of Illinois outline provided to Huntley Rotarians including (from left) Rudi Welvers, Judge Chmiel, Jim Uszler, Ken Black and Jim Robinson on Sept. 10.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Thursday that the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Ronald A. Barch as an associate judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Barch received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, and his Juris Doctor in 1992 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Barch is currently affiliated with Cicero, France, Barch & Alexander PC in Rockford, IL.