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How Did Tort Defendants Fare Before the Supreme Court 1990-1999?

Today, we’re beginning our review of voting records for a new area of law – tort.  Today and next week, we’ll be working our way through the data showing how tort defendants have fared at the Appellate Court since 1990: total wins and losses; wins from the Appellate Court affirmed (and reversed); and losses from … Continue Reading

How Did Justices Theis and Neville Vote in Cases Involving Insurer Parties?

Today, because insurer cases have been comparatively uncommon in recent years, we’re reviewing our final two sets of Justices’ voting records in a single post.  First, Justice Theis. Since joining the Court, Justice Theis has participated in ten civil cases involving insurers as named parties, supporting the insurers in six of those cases and voting … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Burke Voted in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

We continue our analysis of the individual Justices’ voting records in insurance law cases with Chief Justice Burke. During her tenure, the Chief Justice has sat on 24 civil cases involving insurer parties. She has split her votes down the middle: 12 votes for the insurer, 12 votes against. Those totals hold even when we … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Today, we’re continuing our seven-part post analyzing the individual Justices’ voting records in civil cases involving insurer parties. Justice Karmeier joined the Court in 2005. Since that time, he has supported the insurer’s position in 18 civil cases, while opposing the insurer in 14 cases. From 2005 to 2008, he voted for insurers in 11 … Continue Reading

How Did Justice Thomas Vote in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Today, we address the voting record of Justice Thomas throughout his entire tenure on the Court in civil cases involving an insurer party. Since 2001, Justice Thomas has voted for insurers’ position in 23 civil cases while voting against insurers 20 times. From 2001 to 2010, Justice Thomas voted for insurers 18 times to 15 … Continue Reading

How Did Justice Kilbride Vote in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Last week, we began our seven-post series, reviewing each Justice’s voting record by the area of law involved – first up, insurance law cases. In our first Table, we show Justice Kilbride’s year-by-year votes for and against the position of insurer parties in civil cases. Since 2001, Justice Kilbride has split his votes evenly – … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Garman Voted in Insurance Law Cases?

Today, we begin a seven-post series, reviewing how each Justice has voted in insurer cases overall. First up is the Court’s senior Justice, Justice Rita Garman. In our first table, we report Justice Garman’s votes for and against insurer parties in civil insurance law cases. Since 2001, Justice Garman has voted for insurers in twenty-three … Continue Reading

How Did Insurers Fare at the Supreme Court Between 2000 and 2009?

We continue our review of the how insurers have fared at the Supreme Court, this time reviewing the years 2000 to 2009. For the decade, insurers did reasonably well, winning nineteen cases while losing fourteen. Between 2005 and 2008, insurers won eleven cases while losing only five. As we saw last time, defending wins from … Continue Reading

How Did Insurers Fare at the Supreme Court in the 1990s?

Today we’re beginning a multi-part post, emphasizing how the insurance industry has fared over the past thirty years at the Illinois Supreme Court. Later this week, we’ll begin a similar series over at the California Supreme Court Review. First, we report the most basic number of all – insurer parties’ won-lost record at the Supreme … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has the Fourth District Averaged in Criminal Cases?

Today, we’re reviewing the yearly average votes to affirm decisions of the Fourth District in criminal cases. The average votes to affirm was zero in 1990, 7 in 1991, 5.25 in 1992, 2.33 in 1993, 4.25 in 1994, 2 in 1995, 1.33 in 1996, 2.56 in 1997, 5.5 in 1998 and 0.67 in 1999. Average … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has the Second District Averaged in Criminal Cases Since 1990?

This time, as we continue our series tracking average votes to affirm every District and Division of the Appellate Court in criminal cases, we review the data on Second District cases. The 1990s began at a low point for Second District cases, with an average votes to affirm of only 0.25. In 1991, average votes … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has Division Six of the First District Averaged in Criminal Cases at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2000-2009?

The Court decided no criminal cases from Division Six of the First District in 1990, 1994 or 1997. Average votes to affirm Division Six was 3.5 in 1991, zero in 1992, 7 in 1993, 3.5 in 1995, 6 in 1996, zero in 1998 and 1 in 1999. The Court decided no criminal cases from Division … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has Division Five of the First District Averaged in Criminal Cases at the Illinois Supreme Court, 1990-1999?

In 1990, average votes to affirm Division Five of the First District in criminal cases was 6.5. From there, the average fell sharply: 2.5 in 1991, 1.75 in 1992, 3 in 1994 and 1 in 1995. In 1996, average votes to affirm was 4. There were no criminal cases from Division Five in 1993, 1997 … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has Division Four of the First District Averaged in Criminal Cases at the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court decided no criminal cases which came from Division Four of the First District in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998 or 1999. Average votes to affirm was 7 in 1990, 6 in 1992, 2 in 1995, zero in 1996 and 4.33 in 1997. The Court decided no criminal cases from Division Four in 2001, … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has Division Three of the First District Averaged in Criminal Cases?

This week, as we continue to review the data from the Court’s criminal decisions, we’re reviewing the yearly average votes to affirm criminal decisions from Division Three of the First District. In 1990 and 1991, average votes to affirm was zero. It was 2.2 in 1992, 6 in 1993, 1.33 in 1994 and 2.5 in … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has Division Two of the First District Averaged in Criminal Cases?

Today, we’re reviewing average votes to affirm Division Two of the First District year by year in criminal cases. There were no criminal cases from Division Two decided by the Supreme Court in 1990, 1992 or 1999. Average votes to affirm was 2.25 in 1991, zero in 1993, 3 in 1994, 6 in 1995, 1 … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has Division One of the First District Averaged in Criminal Cases?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been surveying the yearly average votes to affirm each District and Division of the Appellate Court in civil cases. Beginning today, we’re turning our attention to criminal cases – first up, Division One of the First District. Division One had no criminal cases decided by the Supreme Court in … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has the Fifth District Averaged in Civil Cases?

This time, we’re reviewing the average votes to affirm at the Supreme Court for civil cases from the Fifth District. The Fifth’s average votes to affirm remained under four throughout the nineties: 2.36 (1990), 1.89 (1991), 1.55 (1992), 3.29 (1993), 2.64 (1994), 1.38 (1995), 1.75 (1996), 2.14 (1997), 2.63 (1998) and 1.17 (1999). Average votes … Continue Reading

How Many Votes to Affirm Has the Fourth District Averaged in Civil Cases?

This week, we’re continuing our review of the data on average votes to affirm the Districts of the Appellate Court in civil cases at the Supreme Court. During the 1990s, the Fourth District’s average votes to affirm was typically on the low side. In 1990, average votes to affirm was 1.63. In 1991, it fell … Continue Reading
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