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Otto Kerner, American judge. Decorated Soldier’s medal, Bronze Star.


Kerner, Otto was born on August 15, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Otto and Rose Barbara (Chmelik) Kerner.


Bachelor of Arts, Brown U., 1930. Postgraduate Trinity College, Cambridge U., England, 1930-1931. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1934.

Honorary degrees Brown U., Northwestern University, St. Procopius College, Lincoln College, Quincy College, McKendree College, Culver-Stockton College, Southern Illinois U., Illinois Institute Technology, Bradley University, Chicago-Kent College Law, Mundelein College, Drake U., Illinois State College.


; children—Anton J.C., Helena C. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1934. Associate with Cooke, Sullivan, & Ricks, 1934. Became partner Kerner, Jaros & Tittle, law firm, 1935.

United States dist attorney Northern Dist Illinois, 1947-1954. County judge Cook County, 1954-1961. Governor Illinois, 1961-1968.

Judge The United States of America Court Appeals, Chicago, 1968-1974. Vice president Chicago council, member 7th regional executive council Boy Scouts American, honorary commissioner Chicago council. Director Bohemian Charitable Association, Glenview United Fund Cancer and Red Cross funds.

Member Chicago Crime Prevention Council 1950-1953. Chairman President’s Commision on Civil Disorders, 1968. Trustee Brown U.


Member Chicago Crime Prevention Council 1950-1953. Member Illinois National Guard, 106th Cavalry, 1934-1936. Member American (alternate delegate 1948), Federal, Illinois, Chicago, West Suburban bar associations, Bohemian Lawyers, American Judicature Society, Military Order World Wars (1st vice commander 1946-1947), Alpha Delta Phi, Phi Delta Phi.

Mason (33 degree), National Soujourner, Red Cross of Constantine, Moose. Clubs: Commonwealth, Brown, Wayfarers, Legal, Law, Economic, Commercial, (Chicago.


Married Helena I. Cermak, October 20, 1934 (deceased. Children: Anton J.C., Helena C. Admitted to Illinois.

Otto Kerner

Rose Barbara (Chmelik) Kerner

Helena I. Cermak

Anton J.C. Kerner

Helena C. Admitted to Ill Kerner