Bachelor in Social Science.magna cum laude, Blackburn University, 1981. Juris Doctor cum laude, University Notre Dame, 1984.
Coal miner, Monterey Coal Company, Carlinville, 1977-1980; assistant attorney general, State of Illinois, Chicago, since 1985. Member Attorney General's Toxic Waste Strike Force, Chicago, 1985-1987, deputy chief, environmental control division, 1988-1990, chief, 1990-1994, chief environmental enforcement/asbestos litigation division, since 1995.
Member American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association (environmental control law section council 1992-2000), Chicago Bar Association, Knights of Columbus.