Harry Leinenweber

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Harry Leinenweber
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
June 3, 2002 – June 11, 2024
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
December 17, 1985 – June 3, 2002
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded bySeat est. by 98 Stat. 333
Succeeded byMark Filip
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 42nd district
In office
January 1973 – January 1983
Preceded byJames R. Washburn
Thomas R. Houde
C. R. "Russ" Hamilton
Succeeded bySuzanne Deuchler
Personal details
Born
Harry Daniel Leinenweber

(1937-06-03)June 3, 1937
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 11, 2024(2024-06-11) (aged 87)
Chicago Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
(m. 1987)
Children5
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)

Harry Daniel Leinenweber (June 3, 1937 – June 11, 2024) was an American jurist who served as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Education and career

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Leinenweber was born in Joliet, Illinois. Hw received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1959 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 1962. He was in private practice in Joliet from 1962 to 1986. He was a city attorney of Joliet from 1963 to 1967. He was a special prosecutor in Will County, Illinois from 1968 to 1970. He was a special counsel for the Village of Bolingbrook, Illinois, from 1975 to 1977. He was a special counsel for Will County Forest Preserve, Illinois in 1977. He was a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1973 to 1983.[1][2][3]

Federal judicial service

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Leinenweber was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on November 7, 1985, to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1985, and received his commission on December 17, 1985. He assumed senior status on June 3, 2002.[1]

In 2022, Leinenweber presided over R. Kelly's sexual abuse trial in Northern Illinois. At the time of his death, he had been presiding over the ComEd corruption trial involving Anne Pramaggiore, which he had placed on hold in early 2024.[4]

Personal life

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Leinenweber married Representative Lynn M. Martin in Washington, D.C. on January 7, 1987.[5]

Death

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Leinenweber died of lung cancer at his Gold Coast home, in Chicago, on June 11, 2024, at the age of 87.[4]

References

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  1. ^ a b Harry Leinenweber at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "'Illinois Blue Book 1981-1982,' Biographical Sketch of Harry D. Leinenweber, pg. 152".
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Harry D. Leinenweber". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved June 13, 2024.
  4. ^ a b Sneed, Michael; Seidel, John. "Judicial giant Harry D. Leinenweber dies at 87: 'He understands ordinary people and has great common sense'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 11, 2024.
  5. ^ "Congresswoman Marries Judge". Los Angeles Times. Washington. AP. January 7, 1987. p. 1. Retrieved June 20, 2024 – via Newspapers.com.

Sources

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Illinois House of Representatives
Preceded by
James R. Washburn
Thomas R. Houde
C. R. "Russ" Hamilton
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 42nd district

1973–1983
Served alongside: W. Robert Blair, George Sangmeister, LeRoy Van Duyne, Jack Davis
Succeeded by
Suzanne Deuchler (redistrcting)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1985–2002
Succeeded by