The board responsible for disciplining attorneys in Illinois has recommended Russ Stewart, political columnist for the Northwest Side’s Nadig Newspapers, lose his law license for a six month period, according to documents filed last week. The recommendation from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, which is not final until ruled on by the Illinois Supreme Court, resulted from a 2010 divorce settlement Stewart worked on where he was accused of eliciting false testimony, making false testimony to the court and notarizing a signature without actually witnessing it.
If ordered by the Supreme Court, this would be Stewart’s second disciplinary action. He was previously censured, essentially given a warning, in 2002. In this case, Stewart could still request a full hearing from the Supreme Court.