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James Dee Heiple was state supreme court justice. Bar: Illinois 1957, Kentucky 1958, United States Supreme Court 1962. Named Distinguished Alumnus, University Louisville, 1992; recipient Certified, Freedoms Foundation, 1975, George Washington Honor medal, 1976, Bradley Centurion award, Bradley University, 1995.


Heiple, James Dee was born on September 13, 1933 in Peoria, Illinois, United States. Son of Rae Crane and Harriet (Birkett) Heiple.


Bachelor of Science, Bradley University, 1955. Juris Doctor, University Louisville, 1957. Certified in International Law, City London College, 1967.

Graduate, National Judicial College, 1971. Master of Laws, University Virginia, 1988.


April 16, 1995); children: Jeremy Hans, Jonathan James, Rachel Duffield. Bar: Illinois 1957, Kentucky 1958, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1962. Partner Heiple and Heiple, Pekin, Illinois, 1957-1970.

Circuit judge Illinois, 10th Circuit 1970-1980. Justice Illinois Appellate Court, 1980-1990. Justice Illinois Supreme Court, 1990^.

Vice president., director Washington State Bank (Illinois),1959-1966. Director Gridley State Bank (Illinois), 1958-1959. Village attorney, Tremont, Illinois, 1961-1966, Mackinaw, Illinois, 1961-1966.

Assistant public defender Tazewell County, 1967-1970., judicial clerk Illinois Appellate Court, 1968-1970. Chairman.Tazewell County Heart Fund, 1960. Public Administrator Tazewell County, Illinois, 1959-1961.

Secretary Tazewell County Republican Central Committee 1966-1970. Member Pekin School Board, 1970. Member Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility, 1978-1986.


The longing for holiness is not about wanting to be 'holier than thou'. It is about wanting the love of God to permeate all of our life, and for that love to be shown through our lives to other people.


The Church is after all a movement which sought to inject passion, direction and purpose into the spiritual lives of the people.


As human beings people are a part of a cruel and violent and unjust world that feels like it cannot be changed. By accepting forgiveness and liberation, God enables to resist evil and to live life that can make this world a better place.


Chairman Tazewell County Heart Fund., 1960. Member Pekin School Board, 1970. Secretary Tazewell County Republican Central Committee, 1966—1970.

Fellow: American Bar Association (life), Kentucky Bar Foundation, Illinois Bar Foundation (life). Member: Sons of the American Revolution, Illinois Judges Association (president 1978-1979), Tazewell County Bar Association 1967-1968, Kentucky, Illinois (chairman legal education committee 1972-1974, chairman judicial section 1976-1977, chairman Bench and Bar Council 1984-1985), Sons of Union Vets, War of 1812, Pennsylvania History Society, Illinois History Society, Kentucky History Society, Peoria Country Club, Filson Club, Union League Chicago, Masons (33 degree), Pi Kappa Delta, Sigma Nu, Delta Theta Phi.


Married Virginia Kerswill, July 28, 1956 (deceased April 16, 1995). Children: Jeremy Hans, Jonathon James, Rachel Duffield.