Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lorna Propes appointed to 7th Subcircuit seat

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Chicago attorney Lorna Propes to fill a vacancy in Cook County's 7th Judicial Subcircuit created by the retirement of Judge Lawrence W. Terrell.

The appointment is effective September 10 and will expire on December 3, 2012.

Currently a name partner in the Chicago firm of Propes & Kaveny LLC, Propes is a 1975 graduate of Loyola School of Law. She served in the State's Attorney's Office from 1975-1980. She then went into private practice, joining a firm that was known as Kane, Obbish, Propes & Garippo and, later, as Propes & Garippo. In 1998, Propes joined Cahill, Christian & Kunkle. She founded Propes & Kaveny LLC in 2000.

Propes began service as a commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board in 1989, pursuant to an appointment by Governor James Thompson. In 2002, she was removed from the Board by then-Governor George Ryan, only to be brought back, seven months later, as Chair of the Board by then-Governor Rod Blagojevich. She is no longer a member of the IRB.

Before becoming a lawyer, Propes was a teacher and school guidance counselor. Propes is a 1966 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington. She earned an M.A. in Secondary School Guidance from Columbia University in 1970.


Anonymous said...

Someone should look into Ms Propes roles within the Illinois Racing Board. It might prove very enlightening.


Anonymous said...

Why would anyone need to look into her role within the Illinois Racing Board, JRH? Her record speaks for itself. A lot was accomplished during her tenure.

Anonymous said...

Someone should look into the transcripts of the Illinois Racing Board dates hearings and read for themselves how duplicitous she is.

Anonymous said...

I unfortunately appeared before her in traffic court. The charge was that I rolled through an intersection marked with a stop sign. I did not do so. The particular intersection is a cash cow for the City and also allows police officers to make their ticket-writing quota. The officer who ticketed me could not answer one of my seven relevant questions about rafic, the vehicle in front of me (which stopped cmpletely at the intersection, as I did), other circumstances, etc. This judge used the exact same wording for all cases; with no exceptions, no allowance in a case with a police officer who clearly was NOT watching all vehicles. It was extemely annoying. Cost to me? $265 for a violation that I did not commit. Running stop signs is not my driving practice and I am much too alert to conditions, whereabouts of other vehlicles, etc. I may appeal. I'd advise her to return to her law firm.

Anonymous said...

Lorna Propes has a demonstrated history of understanding the law but it is unfortunate the Chicago Tribune has endorsed her. A simple priority for the majority of people would be for their judges to be impartial throughout a review until the end. Ms. Propes has often publicly stated "Where you stand is where you sit" and her 'professional' conduct has reflected just that. We have a right to deserve champions of impartial justice as our judges, not clever manipulators of the law.

Paul Flaherty said...

I did a Google search on Lorna Propes (Himel) to find out more about her following our 50th HS class reunion. I have read the above positive and negative comments. I do not know Ms. Propes personally, but she did speak at our reunion. I have to admire her for her leadership work on the high school’s alumni legacy fund whose goal is to obtain funding for a multitude of student resources no longer available due to being diminished or eliminated from the school’s tax based budget.