Retired Lake County judge, musician David Hall dies at 61 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Retired Lake County judge, musician David Hall dies at 61

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Retired Lake County Circuit Court Judge David Hall, who also was a devoted supporter of the local YMCA and a member of a rock and roll band, died Tuesday surrounded by his family, the Lake County News-Sun is reporting.

The lifelong Waukegan resident, who in 2011 was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is survived by his wife, Karen, a daughter and three sons. He was 61.

“Judge David Hall was a man of superb intellect and marvelous wit who never let go of his fascination with history and love of music, particularly rock and roll,” Chief Judge John Phillips said Wednesday.

“In the courtroom he strove to ensure that every litigant, attorney and witness left his courtroom knowing that the judge had truly listened to what they had to say and that his decision was justly based on the law and the evidence that was presented,” Phillips said.

Hall was appointed to the bench as associate judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit in 1989.

Following a contested primary election in 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Hall as circuit judge to fill the vacancy created by the death of then Circuit Judge Jack Hoogasian. Hall was then successfully elected to two six-year terms as a circuit judge.

Throughout his judicial career, Hall served as acting chief judge, chief judge, presiding judge of the civil division and as chair of the judicial Court Facilities Committee. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association and the Lake County Bar Association.

Outside of court, he was committed to the Lake County Family YMCA, where he served as a chairman and longtime board member. Hall organized major fundraisers and also fought to stave off its closure.

Hall played keyboard in an rock and roll band known as “Target,” and was also a backup singer.

Born Oct. 18, 1952, in Racine, Wisconsin, Hall grew up in Waukegan and graduated from Waukegan Township High School. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1976.

Prior to his judicial career, Hall joined the law firm of Hall, Meyer, Fisher, Holmberg & Snook, a Waukegan firm that his late grandfather had founded. He and his friend and fellow attorney Ludolph “Jerry” Wilson later formed their own law firm, Wilson-Hall, P.C.

“Outside the courtroom he was zealously devoted to his family, always exploring history, ready to play rock and roll in an instant, a delight to be around, but at all times ready to give his all for his family, his friends, a worthy cause and the law,” Phillips said.

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