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Thomas E. Kluczynski

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Thomas E. Kluczynski was born in Chicago on September 29, 1903 and attended public and parochial schools there. He was graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School with an LL.B. degree in 1927. He was admitted to the Bar in the same year and engaged in the general practice of law specializing in trial work until 1948 when he was made a Commissioner of the Illinois Industrial Commission. In December, 1950, he was appointed by Governor Adlai Stevenson to the Circuit Court of Cook County to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge John Prystalski. During the years 1952 and 1953, he presided over the Juvenile (Family) Court of Cook County. He was selected Chief Justice of the Criminal Court in 1951 and of the Circuit Court in 1958. In November 1963, he was assigned to the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, First Division, and elected to the same court in November 1964, where he held the position of Chairman of the Executive Committee. In November 1966, he was elected Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Harry B. Hershey. Justice Kluczynski was succeeded by Justice William G. Clark. In 1976 he returned to private practice, but in March 1978 he was appointed by the supreme court to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice James A. Dooley. He was then succeeded by Seymour Simon. He was a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations.