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John James Hoellen, American lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1938, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1938, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1966.


Hoellen, John James was born on September 24, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of John Jay and Mame F. (Skellinger) Hoellen.


Bachelor, Northwestern University, 1935. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1938. Doctor of Letters (honorary), North Park College, 1988.


Associate Willner & Horwitz, Chicago, 1938—1946. Attorney Illinois Department Registration and Education, 1946—1947. Partner Leonard, Hoellen & Raszus, Chicago, 1947—1954, Hoellen & Willens, Chicago, 1954—1968, John Jay Hoellen and Associates, Chicago, 1968—1975, Hoellen, Lukes & Halper, Chicago, 1975—1988, Hoellen & Lukes, 1988—1998, Hoellen & Hoellen, 1998.

Special assistant attorney general, 1969—1975. General counsel Bank Ravenswood, Chicago, 1962—1989. Board directors Chicago Transit Authority, 1979—1990, vice chairman, 1986—1990.

Lieutenant United States Navy, 1941-1946.


  • Bar: Illinois 1938, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1938, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1966.


A mature Christian can reach a state where the love of God reigns supreme in the heart. No one can be perfect in an absolute way, as God is. But it is possible to be perfect in love to God.


The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.


Christians should read the Bible as part of a faith community, and try to put themselves into the story of God's dealings with humanity.


Alderman City of Chicago, 1947—1975. President Sulzer Family Foundation, 1958. Delegate Republican National Convention, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988.

Member Republican Central Committee Cook County, 1964—1987. Republican nominee for mayor of Chicago, 1975. Member of American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Kiwanis Club.


Married Mary Jane McMeans, April 24, 1948. Children: Elizabeth J. Hoellen Ward, Robert B.

John Jay Hoellen

Mame F. (Skellinger) Hoellen

Mary Jane McMeans

Elizabeth J. Hoellen Ward Hoellen

Robert B. Hoellen