1989 - Present Judge of the United States District Court, Northern
District of Illinois, Eastern Division. November 9, 1989 - present.
1988 Retained by 78% of those voting, for a second 10-year term as Justice
of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second Judicial District.
1987-88 Presiding Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second Judicial
1987-88 Executive Committee, Committee of 50. (Constitutionally
established committee to consider and recommend whether a new Illinois Constitutional
Convention should be convened.)
1978-89 Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second Judicial District.
Elected in November 1978.
1977-78 Deputy Attorney General of Illinois. Argued before the United
States Supreme Court.
1977 Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
1973-77 Comptroller of the State of Illinois. Illinois' first State
Comptroller. Established the first statewide uniform accounting system.
1967-73 State Representative of the Illinois General Assembly. Elected to
three successive terms. Chairman House Committee on the Judiciary and Special House
Committee to Investigate the Judiciary. Chief sponsor of the Illinois Governmental Ethics
1970-73 General Practice of Law; Sole practitioner, Crystal Lake,
1968-70 General Practice of Law; Franz, Franz, Wardell & Lindberg,
Crystal Lake, Illinois.
1955-68 Vice President, Chief Examiner and Legal Counsel. John E. Reid and
Associates the leading authority on the administration of polygraph (lie detector)
1958-59 Admitted to the practice of law in Illinois and the U.S. District