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Longtime ISBA member and former Illinois state treasurer James Donnewald passed away on Sept. 18 in St. Louis.

Mr. Donnewald attended St. Louis University and graduated from the old Lincoln College of Law in Springfield, Ill. He won his first elective office in 1948 as Carlyle Township supervisor.

In 1960, he was elected to the first of two terms in the Illinois House. He was elected to the state Senate in 1964 and served for many years. He served as assistant Democratic leader and chairman of the Reapportionment Commission.

In 1982, Adlai Stevenson III ran for governor and asked Mr. Donnewald to run for state treasurer. The top of the ticket lost, but Mr. Donnewald won. After serving one term, he was defeated in his re-election bid.

Click here to read the full obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Longtime ISBA member Jack Giannini of Belleville passed away on Sept. 7.

An attorney at law having practiced in Belleville at 23 S. First Street, he initially associated with William D. Stiehl, Sr., a prominent local attorney who subsequently was elevated to the position of Federal District Court assigned to court in East St. Louis. For many years, Giannini was a single practitioner, and in 1992, he joined the law firm of a long time friend, William Enyart, on South Second Street in Belleville who subsequently became the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois.

Read the full Belleville News-Democrat story here.