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James E. Augustyn
James E. Augustyn
James (Jim) E. Augustyn, 65, of Chicago, Il, passed away suddenly on Sunday October 9, 2016 in a community park near his home. He was born in Chicago to Edward J. and Theresa J. (Kopera) Augustyn. He is survived by his mother, Theresa, of Chicago; sister, Donna (Patrick) Augustyn-Sloan of Lacon, IL. Jim is also survived by nieces and nephews, Samantha, Joseph, Bonnie, Christopher, Sara, Theresa and Anne, two great nephews, a great aunt and cousins. He was godfather to Samantha and Adam. He was a colleague and friend to Maria Romero and Guadalupe Martinez. He is preceded in death by his father and sister, Jeanne. Jim graduated from Georgetown University in 1973.

Kenneth J. James
Kenneth J. James
Kenneth J. James, 84, of Winnetka, IL, passed away on on Monday, September 26, 2016, at The Presbyterian Home in Evanston. He was managing partner of Kenneth J. James Partners in Northfield, Illinois. Those who knew him called him a true gentleman and kind soul.

Born on April 6, 1932 in Evanston, IL, he was the oldest son of Jeremiah and Helen James.

Raised in Evanston, he graduated from Evanston High School in 1950. He attended Stanford University where he graduated in 1954 with a B.S. in Economics. While at Stanford, he pursued two of his passions- joining the wrestling team and playing the drums in the marching band.

Edward Alan Light
Edward Alan Light
Edward Alan Light, 63, of Rockford passed away October 9, 2016, after a brief illness. He was born June 28, 1953, to Dr. David and Leona Light in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ed was a trial lawyer of thirty-five years for the Winnebago County Public Defenders' Office and was a member of the Winnebago Bar Association and of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He graduated from the SIU College of Law in 1980, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. Ed was recognized by his peers and received the Bruce Robert Jacob Award presented by the Illinois Public Defender Association.

Harvey A. Meyers
Harvey A. Meyers
Harvey A. Meyers, 82, of Marengo, local attorney and business leader, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Centegra Hospital Huntley.

Born in Elgin on July 21, 1934, Harvey was the son of the late Harvey F. and Marie (nee Eschbach) Meyers. He was a graduate of Marengo Community High School, a United States Army veteran, and a graduate of Northern Illinois University and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Harvey married the love of his life, Patricia Novak, on January 20, 1962, in Chicago.

Forrest David Laidley, age 72, unexpectedly passed away October 3, 2016. David was born in Glenview, Illinois on May 14th, 1944. He graduated from Yale University in 1966 as Captain of the Football team, and went on to be Captain of the Chicago Lions Rugby Club 1968-1970. He later obtained a Juris Doctorate of Law from DePaul University. David served as General Counsel of Archdiocese of Chicago under Cardinal George Bernadin. Afterwards, he served as a private attorney.

Arthur O. Kane
Arthur O. Kane
Prominent attorney, Arthur O. Kane, a lifelong resident of Chicago, died Saturday, October 1st, 2016 peacefully in his sleep. Mr. Kane was a recognized authority in the field of worker's compensation law and occupational diseases, and was often referred to as the "Dean of Worker's Compensation Attorneys". He leaves surviving his wife Esther, nee Abrams, grandchildren Eric Steinback, Adam Steinback, Scott Slavin, Sean Slavin and son and daughter, James Steinback (Joanne) and Barbara Buskin (Arthur) and six great grandchildren. Services have been held.

Phil Caldwell Neal
Phil Caldwell Neal
Phil Caldwell Neal, 97, former Dean of The University of Chicago Law School and a founding partner of the Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg law firm, died in Chicago on September 27, 2016.

Born in Chicago, Phil grew up Oak Park, IL, attending Oak Park & River Forest High School. A full scholarship took him to Harvard College where he received his A.B. summa cum laude in 1940, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was elected President of the Student Council. At Harvard Law School he served as President of the Harvard Law Review, graduating in 1943. Following law school, Phil served almost two years as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.

Devoted husband of Anna Marie, nee Coakley, for 51 years;

Loving father of James W. V (Mary Lynn), and Erin Ann MD;

Proud Papa of Liam, Danny, and Maggie; Dear brother of the late Peggy, late Patty, late Jack (Jane), Kathy, late Walter (Sue), Mike (Elaine), late Joseph Brendan, Kevin (Mary Ellyn), and Johnny (Teri); Fond uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend to many; Former CPD, and Ret. Lieutenant CFD after 33 years of loyal service; Proud graduate of Mt. Carmel High School '58, and John Marshall Law School '85; Member Illinois State Bar Association.

James P. Gallagher
James P. Gallagher
James P. Gallagher, born June 18, 1938, peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Jim is survived by his ten children: Beth (Curt) Coolidge; Anne (Dan) Feely; Jim Gallagher, Jr. (Bridget Stanis); Ellen (Tim) Kane; Lynne (Chris) Nanson; John (Carrie) Gallagher; Nancy (Matt) Graham; Michael (Isabel) Gallagher; Sarah (Tucker) McDermott; and Matthew Gallagher (Meg Hanley). He will be lovingly remembered by his 19 grandchildren: Brendan, Ryan and Jack Coolidge; Lauren, Caitlin and Sarah Feely; Timothy and Edward Kane; Elizabeth, Tessa and Natalie Nanson; Chuck and Will Gallagher; Nora and Genevieve Graham; Eva Gallagher; Sydney, Tucker and Christian McDermott. He is survived by his partner, Carol Pierce, and his siblings Sari (Dan) Nagle, Mary (Dave) O'Brien and Margaret (Aunt Margie). He was a fond uncle of 11 nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Georgiana (Webb) Gallagher, and siblings Georgiana O'Neill and Ellen (Sr. James Marie) Gallagher.

Thomas A. Krieg
Thomas A. Krieg
Thomas A. Krieg, 62, of Morton, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at his residence. He was born on April 22, 1954, in Blue Island, Ill., to Arthur and Gloria (Wiersema) Krieg. He married Diann Harding on August 31, 1985, in Morton. 

He is survived by his wife, father, two sisters, Marcia (Ken) Sezer, and Beverly (Tom) Hans, one brother, Paul (Penny) Krieg, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and his mother in law, sister and brother in laws. He is preceded in death by his mother.