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Members of the Cook County Board voted unanimously Thursday to rename the building after the 99-year-old Leighton — a county judge who was the first African American to sit on the Illinois Appellate Court, and later was named a federal judge.
Leighton wasn't at the meeting, but his daughter, son-in-law and grandson were in attendance.
Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Tim Evans, who was a student of Leighton's when he taught at Chicago's John Marshall Law School, called the renaming of the building a well-deserved honor. He added that Leighton was his "star in the judicial constellation."
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