The data for the civil docket in 2008 is reported below in Table 174. Cook County’s share of the civil docket fell in 2008 to 38.1% of the docket – slightly below its long-term trend level. The Court heard four civil cases each from Lake, Sangamon and Du Page counties – 9.52% of the civil docket apiece. Will (another of the large northern counties near Chicago) accounted for 7.14% of the docket. Eleven jurisdictions – St. Clair, Kane, Adams, Madison, Macon, Champaign, McLean, Peoria and Greene counties, the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Illinois Labor Relations Board – produced one case each, or 26.19% of the civil docket.
We review the data for the criminal docket in 2008 in Table 175 below. Cook County returned to its long-term trend, accounting for 36.54% of the criminal docket. Will County accounted for five cases, or 9.62% of the criminal docket. Four cases each came from Du Page and Peoria counties, and two each from Lake, Winnebago, Champaign, McLean and Grundy counties. Ten additional jurisdictions – Kane, McHenry, Adams, Livingston, Bureau, Rock Island, Tazewell, Woodford, Greene and Kendall counties – originated one case each, accounting for the final 19.23% of the Court’s criminal docket.
The data for the 2009 civil docket is shown in Table 176 below. The caseload from Cook County fell somewhat to 31.58% of the docket. The Court heard five civil cases from Du Page County – 13.16% of the civil docket – and four from Will County (10.53%). Three cases each arose from Lake and St. Clair counties. Eleven different jurisdictions contributed one case each to the civil docket – Winnebago, Sangamon, Williamson, Edgar, Vermilion, Cumberland, Marion, Grundy and Clinton counties, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Board of Elections – for a collective 28.95% of the civil docket.
Criminal cases from Cook County were at their highest level in the five year period in 2009, both in absolute terms and as a fraction of the overall docket, with the Court hearing 28 cases, or 54.9% of the docket. Du Page and Will counties originated four cases each. The remainder of the docket was widely scattered, with fifteen different jurisdictions contributing one case each: Lake, Winnebago, Sangamon, Adams, Champaign, McLean, Kankakee, Livingston, Iroquois, Vermilion, Peoria, De Kalb, Kendall and Clark counties, and the ARDC Review Board.
Join us back here next Tuesday as we address the geographical sources of the Court’s docket from 2010 through 2015.