|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1947|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2000|
Published in the Chicago Tribune on Dec. 17, 2000:
Michael E. Shabat, beloved husband of Phyliss; loving father of Andrew and Matthew; devoted son of Ethel Shabat. Funeral service Tuesday 11 a.m. at The Weinstein Family Services Wilmette Chapel, 111 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette (1 block north of Old Orchard). Interment Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle, Ste. 900, Chicago, 60604 appreciated.
Published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 20, 2000:
A top prosecutor under Richard M. Daley and four other former Cook County state's attorneys, Michael E. Shabat brought passion and intelligence to everything he attempted.
He was a partner in a commercial litigation firm after leaving public service, but also an accomplished photographer, history buff and music enthusiast.
Mr. Shabat, 53, died Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of complications following heart surgery.
Daley, now mayor, said, "It was my great privilege to work with him. Mike Shabat was a talented lawyer and an excellent administrator who always went out of his way to help the younger prosecutors in the office."
State's Attorney Richard Devine, Daley's top assistant when he worked with Mr. Shabat, said, "He was an outstanding prosecutor and lawyer, but he was an even better person."
"Every case he ever did he did passionately," said Renee Goldfarb, chief of the state's attorney's criminal appeals division. "It had to be perfect. He was a great lawyer, and he loved doing it."
In 16 years with the state's attorney's office, Mr. Shabat rose to be first assistant of both Daley and Cecil Partee. He also served as chief deputy state's attorney and chief of the criminal appeals division, and argued cases all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Under Partee, he was the inspiration and a founding member of the Hate Crime Prosecution Council, a pioneering initiative that brought together government, business, religious and community leaders.
Mr. Shabat helped prosecute eight FALN terrorists convicted in 1980 of weapons charges and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He represented Cook County in its $37.8 million settlement last year with the Ford Heights Four.
At Freeborn & Peters, which he joined in 1991, his clients included the CTA, University of Illinois and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Shabat sat on the firm's compensation and social committees and chaired its recruiting committee.
Mr. Shabat was the son of Oscar Shabat, first chancellor of the City College of Chicago, who died two years ago at age 86.
He grew up on the West Side, graduating from Austin High School, and earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1968 and a law degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1972.
Phyliss, his wife of 31 years, said, "He had a lot of self-discipline and used that with everything he did. He played the drums. He was a golf addict, he loved photography, he developed his own pictures, and (was) an avid reader of history, particularly World War II. He loved Winston Churchill."
Mr. Shabat also was vice president of the board of the national Child's Play Touring Theatre.
Survivors include two sons, Matthew and Andrew, and his mother, Ethel. Services were Tuesday.
Oscar Edward Shabat (1912 - 1998)
Ethel K. Shabat (1913 - 2001)
Note: He was interred on Dec. 19, 2000.
Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium
Plot: Ganm'nucha Section, Lot 273, Grave 3 East
Created by: Patti Podboy
Record added: May 30, 2012
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