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Patrick J. Quinn

January 8, 2014
Patrick J. Quinn
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Obituary for Patrick J. Quinn

Patrick J. Quinn, 60, beloved husband of Susan O’Donnell Quinn, loving father of Terence, Brian and Erin. Dear brother of the late John (Virginia), Catherine (Tim) McGinness,M.D, Timothy (Kellie) Quinn, Maureen (Ray) Urchel, Michael Quinn, Paul Quinn and Mary (David) Schultz. Kind uncle to many.

Whether you knew him as the stellar prosecutor or the “judge’s judge” as he came to be called, Patrick was a man of impeccable integrity whose word was his bond and who loved the law.
Patrick’s 33 years of public service began in 1980 when he joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the top trial attorneys in the criminal division, trying cases in both the Sixth Municipal District’s Markham Courthouse and the Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California. Included among his many high profile successes are the re-prosecution of mob hit man Harry Aleman and the trial and conviction of Kenneth Hanson for the 1955 triple murders of three boys. He was also a highly capable administrator and was appointed supervisor of several units, including the Sixth Municipal District and the Public Integrity and Organized Crime Units.
Patrick’s reputation as a prosecutor among the bench and bar was that of a hard working trial attorney, legal scholar, and fierce, but fair, advocate for crime victims. With his Irish charm and famous sense of humor, Pat was genuinely liked by prosecutors, public defenders, defense attorneys, and judges. Everyone looked forward to trying cases with Pat who could always be counted upon to do his part to diffuse tense situations and amicably resolve cases.
In 1996, Patrick, without political backing, but with the enthusiastic support of his friends and family, was elected to a judgeship on the Illinois Appellate Court. A justice from 1996 to 2014, Pat served several years as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Throughout his long and honorable career on the bench, Patrick was a brilliant jurist, educator and much sought after speaker. His opinions were thoughtful, well-reasoned, and concise. His love of spirited exchanges with attorneys during oral argument was only exceeded by the joy he took in teaching. Everyone who attended a Judge Quinn seminar left with a new understanding and love of the law and a smile on their face.
He was admired and loved by the other justices and trial court judges and will be sorely missed

Family and friends to gather for Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25 at St. Brides Church, 7811 S. Coles Avenue, Chicago.

Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to assist the retired Loretto Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), Office of Development, P.O. Box 508, Wheaton, IL 60187 or St. Brides, 7811 S. Coles Avenue, Chicago, IL 60649, or Autism Research Institute
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116 would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements handled by Robert J Sheehy & Sons Funeral Homes.

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10:00 AM 1/25/2014 10:00:00 AM
St. Brides Church

7811 S. Coles Avenue
Chicago, IL

St. Brides Church
7811 S. Coles Avenue Chicago IL

Memorial Contribution

Loretto Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), Office of Development

P. O. Box 508
Wheaton, IL 60187

St. Brides

7811 S. Coles Avenue
Chicago, IL 60649

Autism Research Institute (San Diego)

4182 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116

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