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Governor Pat Quinn Records, Fallen Illinois Servicemembers

Identifier: 31/6/169

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of records pertaining to Illinois residents who died while on active duty while serving in branches of the United States military during the period since September 11, 2001. During his terms as lieutenant governor and governor of Illinois (2003-2015), Pat Quinn made it a policy to attend memorial events and funerals for those individuals, honoring them and their families for their service. Since leaving office, Quinn maintained close ties to the families of those servicemembers and continued to sponsor and to attend memorials and other commemorative events in recognition and remembrance of military sacrifice. Such events typically occurred in the hometowns of servicemembers. Quinn established in 2004 and since then had regular association with Portrait of a Soldier events. These featured graphite portraits of the Illinois fallen, drawn by artist Cameron Schilling, and were displayed as a traveling memorial at a number of Illinois venues. Most of the collection consists of files on individual Illinois servicemembers. Those files are arranged alphabetically by surname of the individuals. They feature biographical records, obituaries, programs from funerals and committal services, pertinent newspaper clippings, and photographs. Supplementing those files are topical records associated with annual Gold Star Mother’s Day ceremonies, Portrait of a Soldier events, and key individuals, legislation, and programming tied to military service, sacrifice, and recognition. A small number of oversized portraits, produced by artist Schilling, complete the collection.


  • 2004 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


21 Boxes

Language of Materials



A collection of records documenting the sacrifice of Illinois residents who died in service to the United States military in the years after September 11, 2001. The collection reflects Illinois Lieutenant Governor, later Governor, Pat Quinn’s efforts to honor both the fallen and their families.


Folders in boxes 1-14 were arranged in alphabetical order by last name of Soldiers Killed in Action in the years 2004-2017. Folders in boxes 15-21 were arranged by folder titles in alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Northwestern University Archives in 2017 by Pat Quinn (Accession #17-215).

Processing Information

Processed by Yvonne Spura and Kevin Leonard, March 2022, and Brittan Nannenga, 2017


Guide to the Governor Pat Quinn Records, Fallen Illinois Servicemembers
Yvonne Spura, Kevin Leonard, and Brittan Nannenga
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US