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Former Illinois Chief Justice Benjamin Miller Passes Away at 87

Former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Benjamin K. Miller passed away on Sunday, February 25, at the age of 87.


Miller, a Springfield native, served as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1991 to 1994. He graduated from Springfield High School, earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University, and obtained his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.


Returning to his hometown, Miller established a successful legal practice in Springfield before being appointed to the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court in 1976. He was elected to the Fourth District Appellate Court two years later. In 1984, Miller won a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court, where he served until his retirement in 2001. His tenure on the Supreme Court was characterized by a commitment to upholding the principles of justice and fairness.


In addition to his legal career, Miller served in both the Army Reserves and Navy Reserves. 2019 Miller received the Order of Lincoln award for professional achievement and public service.


Funeral arrangements are scheduled for March 23, 2024, at Butler Funeral Home in Springfield.

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