- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An internationally renowned singer who is the great-grandson of a former Illinois Supreme Court chief justice will perform at the Oct. 7 rededication of the renovated court chambers in Springfield.

Champaign resident Nathan Gunn and his pianist wife Julie Jordan Gunn will perform on the same bench from which Walter T. Gunn heard oral arguments as a justice from 1938 to 1951.

The elder Gunn - chief justice in 1940-41 - was from Danville, home of current chief Rita Garman.

The performances will follow the renovation dedication plaque’s unveiling. The plaque will be placed next to the original, 1908 marker.

Garman will greet dignitaries. Other speakers will be former Gov. James Thompson - chairman of the Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission - and Illinois State Bar Association president Richard Felice.

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