Legendary attorney Anthony Raccuglia of LaSalle has died at age 85.

He passed away Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  

The highly-respected attorney made his mark in the area and the legal world just a year after graduating first in his law school class, when he served as the lead prosecutor in the Starved Rock Murders case. During his eight years as an Assistant State’s Attorney, regulations allowed him to practice law privately. As a result, he spent a great deal of time in courtrooms as a prosecutor and plaintiff’s attorney at a relatively young age. Over his 53-year-career as a litigator, he tried cases in almost all of Illinois’ 102 counties and had a number of multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts. And along the way he earned a number of professional honors.

His daughter Cynthia is a Circuit Court Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit. His son David founded the American Crew hair product line. His son Damon is a day trader.

He gave selflessly of his time to his community, especially in supporting kids through sports and recreational opportunities.  

Raccuglia’s funeral mass will be at 10:30 on Thursday at Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in LaSalle.

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