On March 3, the Northern District will celebrate 190 years of Illinois federal courts.  The celebration begins at 3:00 pm with a program in the Dirksen Courthouse ceremonial courtroom, Room 2525.  The Northern District bar is invited to the celebration, e-mail rsvps to ilnd_190th_Anniversary@ilnd.uscourts.gov.

The celebration will include a panel of Northern District judges discussing "The Future of the Federal Courts" and a sketch of the court’s history by Richard Cahan, the author of A Court That Shaped America: Chicago’s Federal District Court from Abe Lincoln to Abbie Hoffman.  The celebration also serves as the grand opening of the court’s exhibit:  “The 190th Anniversary of

the United States District Court in Illinois: A Celebration of the Federal Judiciary’s Contribution

to Illinois and the Nation.”  The exhibit, featuring court artifacts, photographs and sketches will remain on display through May 1, 2009, and will be located on the second floor of the Dirksen United States Courthouse.