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What Kinds of Insurance Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 2 – 2005-2019)?

Between 2005 and 2019, the Supreme Court has decided 32 insurance cases.  Twelve of those cases involved coverage issues.  Eight involved defenses to coverage.  Six cases involved exclusions to coverage.  There were three cases involving regulatory issues, two “other” and none involving excess coverage. Join us back here next week as we turn our attention … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Insurance Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 1 – 1990-2004)?

Last week, we drilled down on the Court’s tort docket, reviewing the sub-areas of tort law that the Court’s cases have been drawn from over the past thirty years.  This week, we’re doing the same thing for the Court’s insurance law cases. We divide the insurance cases into seven categories: Coverage (and the insurer’s duties … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Tort Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 2 – 2005-2019)?

Last time, we began taking another look at the Court’s tort cases since 1990 – specifically, what issues within the field of tort law has the Court been interested in?  This time, we’re reviewing the data for the years 2005 through 2019. Tort cases have been significantly less common on the Court’s docket during this … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Tort Cases Does The Supreme Court Decide (Part 1 – 1990-2004)?

For the past few months, we’ve been looking at the Court’s decision record and the individual Justices’ voting records in various civil and criminal areas of law.  This week, we’re beginning a deeper dive – dividing those areas of law into discrete sub-issues and tracking where the Court has been drawing its cases from. We … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Burke Voted in Domestic Relations Cases?

Chief Justice Burke has participated in 33 domestic relations cases.  She has voted for defendants’ position in 14 cases and against defendants 19 times.  From 2007 to 2009, she voted for defendants in three of nine cases.  From 2010 to 2014, she voted for defendants in seven of fifteen cases.  From 2015 to 2019, she … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Domestic Relations Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Karmeier has participated in 37 domestic relations cases.  He has voted for defendants in 18 cases and against them 19 times. Between 2005 and 2009, Justice Karmeier voted for defendants in six of thirteen cases.  Between 2010 and 2014, Justice Karmeier voted for defendants in eight of fifteen cases.  Between … Continue Reading

How Did Justice Thomas Vote in Domestic Relations Cases?

As we continue our review of the Justices’ voting records, next up is the recently retired Justice Thomas. Between joining the Court and the end of 2019, Justice Thomas participated in 53 domestic relations cases.  He voted with defendants in 22 of those cases and against them 31 times.  Between 2001 and 2005, he voted … Continue Reading

How Did Domestic Relations Defendants Fare in at the Supreme Court 1990-1999?

Today, we begin our review of the Justices’ voting records in another area of civil law – domestic relations cases.  From 1990 to 1999, the Court decided 23 domestic relations cases.  Defendants won 12 of those 23 cases.  From 1990 to 1994, defendants won seven cases and lost seven.  From 1995 to 1999, defendants won … Continue Reading

How Have Justices Theis and Neville Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Theis has participated in 33 criminal sentencing cases.  She has voted for defendants’ position 12 times and against defendants in 21 cases.  From 2010 to 2014, she supported defendants in eight of 20 cases.  From 2015 to 2019, she supported defendants in four of 13 cases. Sixteen of these … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Burke Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Between joining the Court in 2006 and the end of 2019, Chief Justice Burke has participated in 54 criminal sentencing cases.  She has supported defendants’ position in 20 of those cases and voted against defendants 34 times.  Between 2006 and 2009, she voted for defendants in 6 of 16 cases.  From 2010 to 2014, she … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Today, we’re reviewing the voting record of Justice Karmeier in criminal sentencing cases. Between joining the Court in 2005 and the end of 2019, Justice Karmeier participated in 59 criminal sentencing cases.  He voted for defendants 18 times and against them in 41 cases.  From 2005 to 2009, he voted for defendants in seven of … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Thomas Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Justice Thomas has participated in 80 criminal sentencing cases since joining the Court, siding with defendants 22 times and against them in 58 cases.  From 2001 to 2004, he voted for defendants in five of 21 cases.  From 2005 to 2009, he voted for defendants in six of 21 cases.  From 2010 to 2014, he … Continue Reading

Analytics Post No. 1000 – How Has Justice Kilbride Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Kilbride has voted in 80 criminal sentencing cases.  He has voted for defendants’ position 30 times and against defendants in the remaining 50 cases.  From 2001 to 2004, he voted for defendants in 10 of 21 cases.  From 2005 to 2009, he voted for defendants in nine of 21 cases.  … Continue Reading

How Did Defendants Fare in Criminal Sentencing Cases at the Supreme Court 1990-1999?

Today, we’re beginning our review of the Supreme Court’s voting record in criminal sentencing cases. Between 1990 and 1999, the Court decided 50 criminal sentencing cases.  The Court found for the defendant 17 times and against defendants in 33 cases.  Between 1990 and 1994, defendants won only four of 21 cases.  From 1995 to 1999, … Continue Reading

How Have Justices Theis and Neville Voted in Criminal Procedure Cases?

Justice Theis participated in 82 criminal procedure cases between the time she joined the Court and the end of 2019.  She voted for defendants’ position in 24 of those cases and against the defendants 58 times.  From 2010 to 2014, she voted for defendants 11 times and against defendants in 33 cases.  From 2015 to … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Thomas Voted in Criminal Procedure Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Thomas has participated in 203 criminal procedure cases.  He has voted for defendants 58 times and against them in 145 cases.  Between 2001 and 2004, Justice Thomas voted for defendants 12 times and against them in 31 cases.  Between 2005 and 2009, Justice Thomas voted for defendants 26 times and … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (2014-2019)

The Court’s docket of government and administrative law cases is up a bit over the past six years, increasing to forty cases: seven in 2014, eight in 2015, eleven in 2016, nine in 2017, four in 2018 and one (up to early May) in 2019. Nineteen of the Court’s cases were won by the government … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (2006-2013)

Cases involving government and administrative law fell substantially between 2006 to 2013. During those eight years, the Court decided thirty-eight cases: eight in 2006, four in 2007, one in 2008, five in 2009, two in 2010, seven in 2011, five in 2012 and six in 2013. The Court decided twenty cases won by the defender … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (1998-2005)?

Between 1998 and 2005, the Court decided a total of fifty-four cases involving government officers, agencies and powers: five per year in 1998, 1999 and 2000, six in 2001, eight in 2002, ten in 2003, eight in 2004 and seven in 2005. Two-thirds of those government/admin cases were won at the Appellate Court by the … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (1990-1997)?

Today, we begin our analysis of one of the Court’s most common areas on concern – cases involving governmental entities and administrative law.  As usual, we’ll begin with the first eight years – 1990-1997. Between 1990 and 1997, the Court decided forty-eight cases which involved governmental entities and officers and administrative law: nine in 1990, … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases at the Supreme Court (Part 4)?

Today, we conclude our trip through the Court’s civil constitutional law cases. Between 2014 and 2019, the Court has decided twenty-seven civil constitutional law cases: four in 2014, five in 2015, six in 2016, three in 2017, five in 2018 and two to date in 2019. The Court tended to take slightly more plaintiffs wins … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Civil Dockets Compare (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began a multi-day crossover post comparing the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ civil (and later in the week, criminal) dockets, how they compare to each other and how they evolved over time. Today, we’re comparing the Courts’ dockets from 2004 to 2017. We showed last time that the Illinois Supreme Court decided 139 … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Civil Dockets Compare (Part 1)?

After reading this shout-out to our ongoing series of posts, both here and at the California Supreme Court Review, tracing how the courts’ civil and criminal dockets have evolved over time, I thought it was time for another cross-over series, both here and at CSCR. So, today and tomorrow, we’re looking at the two courts’ … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Cases Involving Property Crimes Since 1990?

Yesterday, we took a close look at the Court’s arbitration cases since 1990.  Today, we’re on the criminal side of the docket, looking at the Court’s cases involving property crimes.  Less than a third of the Court’s property crime cases were won by the prosecution below – only 31.58%.  Oddly, the Court reversed 83.33% of … Continue Reading
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