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Federal District Judge Wayne R. Andersen
Taft High School was a springboard for U.S. District Court Judge Wayne Andersen’s career. From Taft he headed to Harvard University, where he graduated in 1967 with a cum laude degree in Government. He was captain of the varsity track and field team and is co-holder of the university’s 100-yard dash record. At the University of Illinois College of Law, he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1970 in addition to serving as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and winning the college's moot court competition.
A legislative staff internship through University of Illinois led to a position as administrative assistant to Henry Hyde, then majority leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. He joined the law firm of Burditt and Calkins in 1972, rising to partner in 1977. From 1981-1984 he was Deputy Illinois Secretary of State under future Gov. Jim Edgar, serving as a spokesman and policy-maker with a specialty in traffic safety and functions relating to legal, business arid financial communities,
A life-long Republican, he is a former president of the Maine Township Regular Republicans, was an alternate delegate to the 1984 Republican National Convention, and the Republican candidate for Cook County Treasurer in 1974.
Wayne was elected as a judge in the Circuit Court of’ Cook County in November 1984, serving the Law Division, the Municipal First District, and as Supervising Judge of the Chicago Traffic Court. Since 1991 he has served as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. His long-time interest in traffic issues has led to state and national committee and advisory board positions on highway safety.
Judge Andersen is married to Illinois Appellate Justice Sheila M. O’Brien, and lives in Glenview, Ill. He is the father of six.
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New York Times
December 15, 2017
It was one of the more painful Senate hearings in recent memory. Matthew S. Petersen, a member of the Federal Election Commission, was one of five of President Trump's judicial nominees being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday when Senator John N. Kennedy, RepublicanÃâÃÂ ...
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
November 14, 2017
Retired Judge Wayne R. Andersen, who presided over the federal employment consent decree litigation, said of Bensinger: "First, she's an outstanding lawyer." He added: "Achieving the Sheriff's objective and meeting my standards was a daunting task. Michael Shakman and his attorneys took tough, skeptical views of theÃâÃÂ ...
The Beverly Review
June 13, 2017
In addition, Stanton was screened by Theis' screening committee for judicial appointments, co-chaired by former United States District Judge Wayne Andersen and Illinois Appellate Judge Michael Gallagher. He was sworn in at a public ceremony on Jan. 3, 2017, and is currently assigned to the FirstÃâÃÂ ...
December 10, 2014
As part of his sentencing in that case, U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen barred Zaransky from handling the finances of any automobile-related company or being directly involved with any bank transactions stemming from auto sales or leases, records show. Soon after his release from prison, ZaranskyÃâÃÂ ...
March 27, 2013
"George sponsored and revolutionized the food and drug laws in Illinois as legislator," said retired U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen, who worked in Mr. Burditt's firm before becoming a judge. "He passed all kinds of new laws in that regard." After Mr. Burditt left the state House, then-Gov. Dan Walker, aÃâÃÂ ...
August 26, 2010
Mark Higgins, retired U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen, Co-chair U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Hung Nguyen, Jason Mathews, John McCarroll and U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Robert Butts listen during the Deepwater Horizon joint investigation hearings by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Interior Department's BureauÃâÃÂ ...
October 21, 2009
... son of legendary newspaper columnist Mike Royko, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for attempting to rob a bank on Chicago's Northwest Side with a fake bomb in 2005. "I can't believe to this day that I did this," said Royko, 46, as he apologized to U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen, whoÃâÃÂ ...
June 19, 2007
Sohrab Tebyanian, the owner of Andriana Furs, was sentenced to 3 years of probation, 6 months of community confinement and 500 hours of community service and was fined $150,000 by U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen. Tebyanian pleaded guilty in January and cooperated with investigators, but heÃâÃÂ ...
August 5, 2005
"She comes to this with no bias," said U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen, who said he passed over several retired judges for the monitor's post because of their clear political affiliations. "I just don't have a shadow of a doubt about her trustworthiness." Brennan briefly interned for Andersen in 1994,ÃâÃÂ ...
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