Former Evanston Corporation Counsel Jack Siegel died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.  He was 88.

Siegel served as Evanston’s corporation counsel from 1963 to 2009, when he became of counsel to the city’s Law Department.

Siegel, who received his law degree from the University of Chicago, had a distinguished career as a municipal attorney and continued as corporation counsel in Arlington Heights and Schaumburg until his death.

Siegel had extensive trial experience in the circuit courts of Cook, Lake, DuPage and Will counties and in the federal courts for the Northern District of Illinois.

He argued numerous appeals in the state appellate court system include about 160 appeals in the appellate courts and 55 appeals to the Illinois Supreme Court.

He also argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark case of Arlington Heights v. MDHC, which upheld municipalities’ right to dictate where multifamily housing could be located.

“Jack represented the interests of the City of Evanston with distinction during his 46 years as corporation counsel.  His good works helped guide many mayors, City Councils and city managers in Evanston toward wise decisions for decades.  Evanston mourns his loss.” said City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz in a statement.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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