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Frank Cicero

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Connection to Illinois: Cicero is a senior partner at Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP and has litigated numerous major cases in federal and international courts.

Biography: Frank Cicero Jr. is a senior partner at Kirkland and Ellis LLP and served as an elected delegate for the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1969-70. He drafted the Illinois Constitution of 1970. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and holds degrees from Princeton University and Wheaton College.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Consititutions of Illinois, 1778-1870
ISBN: 0252041674 OCLC: 1028553078

University of Illinois Press 2018

Creating the Land of Lincoln: The Forgotten History of Illinois tells the development of Illinois through the history of its 19th century constitutions. Illinois in the early 19th century was essentially a southern state sympathetic to slavery. Boundary changes written into the 1818 constitution that added a large land area in the north and a rapidly growing population immigrating from the north and east pushed the state's political trajectory northward. The debates about slavery changed, with intensified concern about the presence of free blacks, and legislative abuses grew, leading to the 1848 document. That process accelerated through the eighteen fifties, Lincoln's presidency, and the Civil War, resulting in the progressive 1870s constitution. In Creating the Land of Lincoln, Frank Cicero, Jr. takes a fresh look at generally neglected aspects of Illinois's political history, offering new insights into Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and Illinois politics as we approach the states 200th anniversary. It covers the period from 1673 to 1870, the year the third Illinois Constitution went into effect to last for 100 years. The events of that early period, and the three 19th century constitutions that reflected them, enabled the election of Abraham Lincoln and shaped the Illinois of the subsequent 150 years--

Relative Strangers: Italian Protestants in the Catholic World.
ISBN: 0897336151 OCLC: 880879047

Academy Chicago Publishers 2011

Italian Protestants? Few people seem to have heard of them, but the author's mother's immigrant Italian family was Protestant while his father's were Catholic immigrants from Sicily. Relative Strangers describes the author's search for the religious roots of his parents' families in northern Italy and Sicily. He traces the history of the Waldensians, the Protestant sect which began in Lyon, France in the 12th century, often suffering persecution, but surviving to this day both in Europe and America.