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Kirk Jenkins brings a wealth of experience to his appellate practice, which focuses on antitrust and constitutional law, as well as products liability, RICO, price fixing, information sharing among competitors and class certification. In addition to handling appeals, he also regularly works with trial teams to ensure that important issues are properly presented and preserved for appellate review.  Mr. Jenkins is a pioneer in the application of data analytics to appellate decision-making and writes two analytics blogs, the California Supreme Court Review and the Illinois Supreme Court Review, as well as regularly writing for various legal publications.

Today we’re beginning a series of posts examining the declining dockets at the Appellate Court and assessing the impact on the Supreme Court’s work.

Below, we report the District-by-District new filings numbers for civil cases, 1997-2000 (all data comes from the Illinois Courts Annual Report Statistical Summaries – we begin with 1997 because that’s as

This time, we’re wrapping up this multi-part post, reviewing the trial court data for the civil cases from the Fifth District between 2020 and 2022.

The Court has decided eleven cases since the beginning of 2020.  In 2020, there were two cases from Madison County and one each from Williamson, Effingham, Randolph and Franklin.  In

This time, we’re reviewing the civil cases from the Fourth District reviewed by the Supreme Court in the first third of this decade, from 2020 to 2022-to-date.

Spoiler alert: there weren’t many.  The Court reviewed one civil case from Adams County in 2020.  In 2021, the Court decided one case from McLean and one from

This time, we’re reviewing the county-level data on the Third District civil cases reviewed by the Supreme Court between 2020 and 2022 (so far).

The Court decided no Third District civil cases in 2020.  In 2021, there were three cases from Will County and one each originating in Grundy, Putnam and Kankakee counties.  So far

This time, we’re wrapping up our four-part post by reviewing the county-by-county data for the first third of the current decade: 2020-2022.

In the past three years, the Supreme Court has reviewed ten civil cases from the Second District.  In 2021, there were four cases from Lake County.  In 2020, there were one each from

Madison and St. Clair counties account for well over half of the population of the Fifth District counties which produced cases in the past decade – 29.09% in Madison, 28.17% in St. Clair.  Williamson was 7.35%, Jackson had 5.8%, Franklin was 4.14%, Marion was 4.13% and Jefferson County had 4.06%.  Clinton County accounted for 4.04%. 

According to the 2020 census, McLean County had 24.18% of the population scattered among the Fourth District counties which produced civil cases for the Supreme Court’s docket between 2010 and 2019.  Sangamon had 23.06%, McLean had 20.08%, Macon County had 12.21%, Vermillion County had 8.71%, Macoupin was 5.28% and Woodford County was 4.52%.  Piatt was