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Stanley J. Roszkowski, former district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, died Monday, July 7, in Rockford.
July 19, 1977, President Jimmy Carter nominated Roszkowski to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was initially was assigned to hear cases in Chicago, where he served full time for seven years, while also hearing cases part time
in Rockford. To better serve the citizens of the western counties of the Northern District of Illinois, he advocated for a permanent court in Rockford.
Nov. 1, 1984, Roszkowski was assigned as the first full-time District Court Judge in the Western Division. He served in the Western Division until his retirement in 1988.
In 2009, Senator Richard J. Durbin introduced legislation to name the United States Courthouse in Rockford, then under construction, for Judge Roszkowski. The legislation became Public Law 111-14 when President Obama signed the bill into law April 23, 2009. The
Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse was officially opened and dedicated on Oct. 29, 2011.
“Judge Roszkowski was an outstanding jurist and a wonderful colleague,” Chief Judge Ruben Castillo said. “Stan was a true American hero and patriot who served his country admirably in World War II as a member of the Air Force. He flew numerous combat missions over Europe in the infamous Flying Fortress Bomber Squads. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Roszkowski was one of Rockford’s premier trial attorneys. We will miss him greatly, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”
Roszkowski was 91.
Visitation will be Friday, July 11, at Olson Funeral Home, 2811 N. Main St., Rockford. A funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m., at Second Congressional Church, 318 N. Church St.