John L. Nickels, a native of rural Kane County, served on the Illinois Supreme Court from December 1992 to December 1998. Justice Nickels, a graduate of Marmion Military Academy, received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and obtained his law degree from DePaul University. Before becoming a Supreme Court Justice, he served as an Appellate Court Judge and a Circuit Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit. Prior to his 10 years of judicial experience, Justice Nickels practiced law in Kane County for more than 20 years. He was active in the business community where he served on the Board of Directors of the Kane County Bank and Trust Company. He also was a member of the initial Waubonsee College Board of Trustees, the Advisory Council and Foundation of the Kaneland School District and the Kane County Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. He is a member of several organizations devoted to the arts and is an active member of St. Gall’s Parish in Elburn. Justice Nickels lives on a farm in rural Maple Park where he maintains an active interest in farming.
Justice Nickels passed away on June 24, 2013 in Maple Park, Illinois.