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S. Louis Rathje (born November 1, 1939) is a former Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1999 to 2000. Born in Geneva, Illinois, Rathje received a B.A. in History from Wheaton College in 1961, followed by a J.D. from the Northwestern University Law School in 1964. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1964 and entered private practice, becoming a partner in the firm of Rathje, Woodward, Dyer & Burt in 1970. He was admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1989. He served as an Illinois Circuit Court judge from 1992 to 1994. Rathje then served on the Illinois Appellate Court from 1994 to 1999. Rathje was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court in January 1999, following the retirement of John L. Nickels. Rathje ran for the Republican primary election in March 2000 for the Illinois Supreme Court seat and lost the election to Robert R. Thomas. Rathje served until December 4, 2000.OurCampaigns.com.-S. Louis Rathje
/ref> He is a nephew of acclaimed Chicago banker, Frank C. Rathje.


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