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General Information

Name:  Sam L. Amirante  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Sam grew up in Norridge, Illlinois and is a graduate of Loyola University and Loyola University School of Law.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sam L. Amirante is a retired judge and lawyer. His first case after leaving the Office of the Public Defender was The People of the State of Illinois v. John Wayne Gacy. In 1988, he was appointed to the bench as an Associate Judge of The Circuit Court of Cook County where he served until his retirement in 2005. He is now the principal attorney of the firm of Sam L. Amirante and Associates, P.C. Amirante authored procedures adopted by the Illinois General Assembly such as the Missing Child Act of 1984 (I-SEARCH), which is credited with helping to locate more than 3,000 missing children.

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