2015 January LegalEase

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Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049
Web: www.peoriabar.org



2014-15 Board of Directors
Craig S. Young
Timothy J. Howard
President-Elect and Budget Chair
Hon. Jerelyn Maher 
Second Vice President
Michele A. Miller
James F. Kane
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Nathaniel E. Strickler
Jonathan L.A. Phillips
Communications & Technology
Richard W. Zuckerman
Courts & Procedures
Robert H. Jennetten
Jeffrey R. Bach (Golf) and
Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party)
Entertainment Co-Chairs
Fitness, Health & Wellness
G. Allen Mayer
Government & Public Interest Law
Michele A. Miller
Law Library
James M. Rochford
Lawyer Referral Service
John M. Redlingshafer
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Kevin M. Miller
Local Continuing Legal Ed
Nathan R. Bach
David B. Mueller
Maureen T. Mulville
Pro Bono
John P. Heil, Jr.
Public Relations
Mary E. Heck
Real Property
Ambrose V. McCall
Substantive Law
Jeffrey R. Bach
Young Lawyers & Law Day
Directors at Large:
Michael D. Gifford
Joshua D. Herman
John P. Nicoara
Sonni C. Williams

The Office of Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit has been given approval the IL Supreme Court to fill a vacant Associate Judge position. Attached is a notice of vacancy detailing the requirements for the position and the process to submit applications. Please contact Mr. William Scanlon, Trial Court Administrator, at 309-888-5266 if you have questions about this notice.


Part-time Public Defender
Henry County is seeking a part-time public defender. Applicants must be licensed and insured to practice in Illinois and have experience in criminal court cases. Applications are available at the Henry County Courthouse, Cambridge, Illinois in the County Administrator’s office or at the website:www.henrycty.com. Application deadline is Jan. 9, 2015.

Law firm with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, advanced estate planning, commercial litigation and commercial collections seeks motivated attorney. Applicant should possess strong analytical and writing skills as well as strong communication skills. Competitive compensation package to be commensurate with experience.  Please send resume in confidence to Hunziker, Lippens & Heck LLC, 416 Main Street, Suite 1600, Peoria, Illinois 61602.

Directory Changes


Brandt, Michael, 125 SW Jefferson Ave., Ste. 221, Peoria, IL 61602.  Email: jdgbrandt@sbcglobal.net

Hanna, Ronald L., One Technology Plaza, 211 Fulton St., Ste. 400, Peoria, IL 61602. Ph: (309) 671-7050 Fax: (309) 671-7259. Effective 1/12/2015.

Horn, Jerold I., 401 Main St., Ste. 1650, Peoria, IL 61602.  All othr information remains the same.

Stringer-Lane, Yvette, 5219 N. Charter Oak Lane, Peoria, iL 61615, Ph. (309) 231-1826.

Winne, Joseph E., 416 Main St., Ste. 300, Peoria, IL 61602; Ph. (309) 673-4217.


Shore, Scott A., 227 E. Court St., PO Box 230, Hennepin, IL 61327. Ph: (815)925-7117. No fax number. Email: ShoreLawAndMediation@gmail.com


Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Cynthia A. Becker of Atlantic Beach, FL (DOD: 12-24-14), please contact Jessica Becker by phone: (904) 477-7726.


Office Space Available

Janssen Building, 2400+ sq. ft. luxury suite with offices  now available to rent.  If interested please contact The Janssen Law Center at 309.676.2341.


Office Space Available

Unique opportunity for solo practitioners or small firms who value independence but also understand the dramatic changes taking place in the legal industry. Second floor space in highly visible North side location available for attorneys eager to network and cross-refer clients. Willing to lease space or enter into a more comprehensive agreement to share resources if desired. Contact or send inquiry in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices; 7817 Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614; Tele: (309) 672-2200.


Project Santa a Great Success

PCBA Members and their staff donated gifts for approximately 140 kids and $1,665.00 was raised to support their families during the holiday season.  Shown here, left to right, are Katherine Swise, Kateah McMasters, Kerrianne Waters and Caroline Cassidy at the 2014 Project Santa party at South Side Mission. This is no small task and we thank you for your work on this important project.

Welcome to the Bench

We would like to welcome Honorable James A. Mack and Honorable Jodi M. Hoos to the 10th Judicial Circuit Bench in Peoria. Judge Mack is in Courtroom 203 and Judge Hoos is in Courtroom 210.  To see the new judge assignments for 2015 click here.

Lawyers Assisting Service Members

PCBA members continue to volunteer their services to veterans who need legal assistance. This month we would like to thank Thomas J. Penn who recently assisted a service member regarding a DUI matter.  Michael Lied of Howard & Howard heads up this effort. Contact Mike at mlied@howardandhoward.com or the PCBA office if you know a veteran needing legal assistance.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

  1       New Year’s Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
10      CLE:  Government & Public Interest and Appellate Practice
17      CLE:  Real Estate and Criminal
19      Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
24      CLE:  Employment/Workers’ Compensation
31      CLE:  Family Law
  7      CLE:  Civil Practice
16      President’s Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
19      107th Lincoln Memorial Banquet
21      CLE:  Elder Law
  4      Brown Bag Series
11      Brown Bag Series
18      Brown Bag Series
25      Brown Bag Series

Committee Meetings
     6      Noon    Real Property – Lunch sponsor:  Endeavor Title
     8      Noon    YLC Luncheon (Bar office)
     9      Noon    Lincoln Banquet
    12     Noon    CLE
    13     Noon    Pro Bono
    15     Noon    Foundation Trustees
    20     Noon    Board Meeting
    21     Noon    Meet the Judges
    23      Noon    Commercial Law & Litigation
    27     Noon    Diversity
    29     Noon    Government & Public Interest
     3      Noon    Real Property
     9      Noon    CLE
    10     Noon    Pro Bono
    12     Noon    YLC luncheon (Bar office)  
    17     Noon    Board of Directors
    18     Noon    Public Relations
    24     Noon    Diversity
    26     Noon    Government &  Public Interest

Committee Reports

An Unusual New Year’s Resolution?
By Robert H. Jennetten, Chair
A lesson learned from “Ferguson” is the importance of having a police force with a racial and socio-economic mix similar to that of our community. The same is true for lawyers in our community. As lawyers we understand that respect for the “rule of law” is essential to the administration of justice. A diverse bar association enhances respect for the “rule of law”. What will you do this year to improve the diversity of the PCBA? We need your input and your help. Please consider becoming an active member of the Diversity Committee this year.

Local Continuing Legal Education

2015 Winter Series – Sign up Now! 

January 10:  Government & Public Interest, Trish Redman and Stacy Crabtree, Moderators

             and Appellate Practice, Brad Elward and Natalie Thompson, Moderators

                   (two seminars run simultaneously)

January 17:  Real Estate, Tom Howard, Moderator

             and Criminal Law, Linda Watson and Arthur Inman, Moderators, covers admissibility of social media and applies to many areas of practice in addition to criminal cases.

                   (two seminars run simultaneously)

January 24:  Employment Law / Workers’ Compensation, Michael Lied, Moderator

January 31:  Family Law, Charles Urban, Moderator

February 7:  Civil Practice, John Nicoara and Carol Perkins, Moderators

February 21:  Elder Law, Marci Shoff, Moderator

Specific topics and speakers are now listed on the home page of the website, www.peoriabar.org. Register now by clicking on “Shop/CLE” at the top of the home page.


Committee Chair Nathan Bach would like to remind the membership that the most valuable benefit of PCBA membership is the discount for CLE programs.  Remember, if you are in the last half of the alphabet, you will need to have 30 hours of MCLE credit, with six of those hours in professionalism, before June 30.  Plan now and sign up today for PCBA CLE programs.

In Memoriam

On December 19, 2014, Charles Couri passed away. He was born January 30, 1956, in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Spaulding Institute and Illinois State University with a degree in accounting. He became a certified public accountant in 1979. He received his juris doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1982, graduating with honors. He was a partner in the law firm of Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller in Peoria.  

The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to its Foundation in memory of Charles Couri.

Public Relations
PCBA’s Distinguished Community Service Award-Nominations Sought

The PCBA Distinguished Community Service Award was established in 1995 when the following resolution was unanimously passed by the Board of Directors of the Association:

     WHEREAS, members of the Peoria County Bar Association have a long history of  community activism in volunteer projects to improve the quality of life in the Peoria area;

     WHEREAS, the Peoria County Bar Association continues to encourage community involvement by its members;

     WHEREAS, those individuals among our membership who have exhibited long commitment to community service as a volunteer deserve to be recognized and honored;

     BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of the Peoria County Bar Association hereby establish the DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD recognizing each year one of our members whose record of longtime community volunteer is exemplary and brings honor to both the Peoria area and this Association.

The recipient of this award is recognized at the annual Lincoln Banquet & Gala, and past recipients include: William Rutherford, Rex Linder, Tim Bertschy, David Mueller, Tim Cassidy, Justice Mary McDade, Donald Jackson, Karl Kuppler, Craig Young, William Connor, Karen Stumpe, Judge Michael Mihm, Matthew Jones and Hon. John Gorman. The deadline for nominations is January 16, 2015. A nomination form may be found at:


Effective January 1, 2015, Peoria County Circuit Clerk Fees changed. Please check the Peoria County website www.peoriacounty.org or pick up a copy of the new filing fee schedule in the Circuit Clerk’s office.



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