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CHICAGO, IL -- Governor Rod Blagojevich announced the appointment of Timothy Martin as Commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board effective August 16, 2004. Mr. Martin, a resident of DuPage County, is a Partner with the Law Offices of Timothy P. Martin in Naperville, Illinois.

Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Business Degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb and his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He served as an associate editor of the John Marshall Law Review and his work on the law review lead to a nationally published article in the area of criminal law. Mr. Martin was initially hired as a prosecutor by the Attorney General and former DuPage County State's Attorney Jim Ryan. While in the State's Attorneys Office, he prosecuted over 2,500 misdemeanor cases and conducted over 125 bench and jury trials, on all types of cases.

With 12 years of legal experience, Mr. Martin concentrates his practice in criminal defense and a variety of civil matters. As a private attorney, he has successfully defended over 7,000 clients on various criminal charges. Mr. Martin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. Mr. Martin's term on the Illinois Racing Board will expire in 2010.

Governor Blagojevich also re-appointed Lorna Propes as Chairman of the Illinois Racing Board. Ms. Propes, a Partner at Propes & Kavney, LLC, has served as Chairman since April 14, 2003.




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