Jim Roetheli, who spent 35 Christmas seasons as a Santa on State Street in downtown Chicago for Macy’s and Marshall Field’s, has died at 69.
U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah died Thursday at the age of 78.
Elaine Hofer-Hermanson, dead at 82, wanted her ashes scattered in Lake Michigan — a fitting finale for a pioneering commodore with the Coast Guard.
Artists Skip Williamson and Jay Lynch — two seminal figures in the underground comics movement, both with strong ties to Chicago — have died.
Jeffrey Walker, an assistant Cook County public defender with a “burning desire to fight for the underdog,” has died at 59.
Ralph Otwell, who died March 8 at 90, was a top Chicago Sun-Times editor from 1968 to 1984, during which the paper won six Pulitzer Prizes.
The congressman made the announcement on Twitter Monday morning.