For the past eight weeks, we’ve been reviewing the data for which Circuit Courts accounted for each Appellate Court District’s Supreme Court cases from 1990 to 2019 (so far). This week, we’re reviewing the data on administrative boards, commissions and agencies.
In 1990, the Supreme Court decided three cases which originated at the ARDC Review Board and two from the State Labor Relations Board. All the other administrative cases that year were one-offs, including the Chicago Police Board, the Illinois Commerce Commission, Department of Revenue, Industrial Commission and Pollution Control Board, the Secretary of State’s office and the Tazewell County Board. In 1991, the Court decided two cases from the Commerce Commission six one-offs, including the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Professional Regulation, the Industrial Commission and the Redistricting Commission.
In 1992, the Court decided three cases from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, two from the ARDC Review Board and two from the Educational Labor Relations Board. The eight agencies contributing one case each included the Champaign County Code Enforcement Board, the Cook County Officers Electoral Board, the state Commerce Commission, Pollution Control Board and Redistricting Commission and the State Labor Relations Board. In 1993, there were only two administrative cases – one from the Chicago Police Board and one from the state Pollution Control Board. In 1994, the Court decided two cases which originated in the Industrial Commission and five other singles, including the Cook County Officers Electoral Board, the state Commerce Commission, the state Department of Human Rights, the Department of Revenue and the state Pollution Control Board.
In 1995, the Supreme Court decided two cases each from the Illinois Industrial Commission and the Human Rights Commission. The five remaining administrative cases included the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the Downers Grove Fire Department and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. In 1996, the Court decided three cases from the Industrial Commission, two from the state Human Rights Commission, and five additional cases from administrative entities such as the Department of Central Management Services, the Department of Public Aid, the state Prison Review Board and the state Fire Marshal.
In 1997, the Court decided two cases from the Illinois State Labor Relations Board and six additional cases, including the Illinois Civil Service Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the state Racing Board ad the Madison County Officers Electoral Board. In 1998, the Court decided three cases from the Illinois Department of Revenue and three from the Industrial Commission. The Court decided five single cases originating from administrative entities such as the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Department of Natural Resources, the State Labor Relations Board and the Jackson County Merit Commission. In 1999, all five administrative cases were one-offs, originating in the Adams County Sheriff’s Merit Commission, the Du Page County Tax Collector, the East St. Louis Financial Advisory Authority, the state Board of Elections and the Department of Revenue.
In 2000, the Court decided three cases from the Industrial Commission and one each from the state Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Pollution Control Board and the Monroe County Election Canvassing Board. In 2001, the Court decided only two administrative law cases, one originating in the Chicago City Council and one with the Industrial Commission. There were four in 2002 – two from the Industrial Commission, one from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board and one from the state Department of Employment Security. The Court decided two more Industrial Commission cases in 2003 and five singles, including the Board of Trustees of the Judges’ Retirement System, the Cook County Civil Service Commission, the state Department of Professional Regulation, the state Board of Education and the Olympia Fields Board of Trustees. In 2004, the Court decided two more cases from the Industrial Commission six singles, including cases from the Executive Committee of the State Universities Retirement System, the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Revenue, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the City of Braidwood’s Municipal Officers Electoral Board.
Effective January 1, 2005, the Illinois Industrial Commission was renamed (technically, it was shut down and replaced, but given that the two Commissions’ jurisdiction was pretty much identical, “renamed” seems more appropriate) the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. However, to facilitate comparison between this post and the next one, we’ll keep the name of the Industrial Commission as we total up the workers comp cases during the second half of our period.
Join us back here next time as we review the data for the years 2005 through 2019.