Early today, Justice Donald C. Hudson of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second Judicial District, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer.
Justice Hudson began his service on the bench in 1993, when he was appointed as an associate judge in the Circuit Court for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Kane County. In 2000, he was elected as a circuit judge and was twice elected as Chief Judge in 2004 and 2006. He served on the appellate court since 2009.
While on the bench, Justice Hudson was appointed as Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court's Statewide Committee on Criminal Law and Probation Administration, served as a faculty member on the the Illinois Education Conference, was appointed to the Judicial Inquiry Board, and served as Chair of a Special Supreme Court Committee established to codify the law of evidence in the State of Illinois.
The Illinois Supreme Court's announcement of Justice Hudson's passing may be found here. Services are pending.
On behalf of its membership, the Appellate Lawyers Association extends its deepest condolences to Justice Hudson's family, colleagues, and friends.