Disciplinary hearing for jail attorney Jan. 6

Jail lawsuit attorney John F. Heckinger Jr. has a Jan. 6 pre-hearing conference with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC).

Heckinger has been accused by ARDC with “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.” The conference has been continued twice—once in October and again earlier this month.

Heckinger was charged Aug. 28 with five counts of alleged unauthorized use of his client’s funds “for his own business or personal purposes” totaling at least $12,634.92 since 1996. Heckinger was also charged with one count of failure to separate his money from his clients’ or third persons’ funds, which totaled $199,044.34.

Heckinger was also one of the original lawyers in the Harlem School District federal lawsuit. Heckinger voluntarily withdrew from the case after the plaintiff, Linda Young, learned of the state’s charges against Heckinger.

Young filed a federal lawsuit against Harlem alleging the district illegally charged indigent families for school programs and fees.

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