Born James M. Porebski in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Matthew and Cecilia (Riley) Porebski. Jim grew up in Brookfield, Illinois and attended Lyons Township high school. He studied political science at the University of Illinois. After graduation, Jim attended graduate school at the University of Illinois where he studied theology. He attended Kent Law School and went on to practice law. He is survived by his brother Tom (Darlette) Porebski, nieces Shelly Porebski and Mindi Porebski, and many cousins. Jim was an avid reader and loved to debate political issues.