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Illinois Appellate Court Judge Patrick J. Quinn 60 died his chambers Wednesday morning | Illinois Appellate Court website

Illinois Appellate Court Judge Patrick J. Quinn, 60, died in his chambers Wednesday morning | Illinois Appellate Court website

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Updated: January 8, 2014 10:17PM

The second most senior judge in the First District Illinois Appellate Court died Wednesday in his chambers.

Justice Patrick J. Quinn, 60, was found unresponsive in his chambers at the First District Appellate Court, 160 N. LaSalle St., officials said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just a few minutes before 11 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

The medical examiner’s office confirmed the death, adding that an autopsy is scheduled Thursday to investigate the cause of death.

Justice P. Scott Neville, who worked closely with Quinn, said he doesn’t believe there was foul play.

Quinn, who served 17 years on the court, was the last person Neville spoke with Tuesday evening, he said. Quinn called Neville to remind him they were hosting a seminar at the Chicago Bar Association Wednesday afternoon, Neville said.

“He was one of my best friends on this court,” said Neville, who is the chairman of the First District Appellate Court executive committee.

Quinn was elected to the appellate court in 1996. He was the supervisor for the Sixth Municipal Court from 1989 to 1991 and was a member of several committees, including district’s executive committee, Neville added.

And every year at the state’s appellate court conference, Quinn chaired the committee that updated all other justices on criminal law, Neville said.

Neville said Quinn had an “unbelievable work ethic” and will be remembered as a scholar of criminal law.

“His death is a loss — not just for the court but for all the citizens of Cook County,” Neville said.


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