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Where Did the Third District’s Civil Cases Come From (2005-2019)?

In 2005, the Supreme Court decided one civil case each from Henry, Peoria and Rock Island counties.  In 2005, the Court decided two cases from Rock Island and one from LaSalle and Peoria.  In 2007, the Court decided two cases from Will county and one from Knox, Rock Island and Tazewell.  In 2008, the Court … Continue Reading

Where Did the Third District’s Civil Cases Come From (1990-2004)?

Last week, we reviewed the data on where, county by county, the Second District’s civil and criminal cases originated.  This week and next, we’re looking at the data for the Third District. There are twenty-one counties in all in Illinois’ Third District: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, … Continue Reading

Where Did the Court’s Second District Criminal Cases Come From (Part 2 of 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data on how the Second District criminal cases decided by the Supreme Court between 1990 and 2004 were distributed among the Second’s twelve counties.  Today, we’re finishing our review, looking at the years 2005 to 2019. In 2005, the Court decided four cases from Du Page county, two from Kane and … Continue Reading

Where Did the Court’s Second District Criminal Cases Come From (Part 1 of 2)?

Last time, we reviewed how the Supreme Court’s civil cases from the Second District were distributed among the District’s Circuit Courts, and then compared each county’s share of the total cases to its share of the total population of the Second District.  This week, we’re looking at the data for criminal cases. In 1990, the … Continue Reading

Where Did the Court’s Second District Civil Cases Come From (Part 2 of 2)?

Last time, we began reviewing in five year increments the counties which produced the civil cases from the Second District which the Supreme Court decided between 1990 and 2004. In 2005, the Court decided two cases from Lake county and one each from Du Page, McHenry, Ogle and Kane.  In 2006, the Court decided three … Continue Reading

Where Did the Court’s Second District Civil Cases Come From (Part 1 of 2)?

Last week, we reviewed which Districts of the Appellate Court produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  This week and in the weeks to come, we’ll be drilling down on those numbers to the trial courts.  The last time we reviewed the county data eighteen months ago, we reviewed all the counties of Illinois … Continue Reading

Which Districts of the Appellate Court Account for the Court’s Criminal Docket (2005-2019)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the distribution of the Court’s criminal cases from 1990 to 2004.  Today, we’re addressing the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court for the Court’s criminal cases from 2005 to 2019. The Court’s criminal cases from the First District in the years 2005 to 2009 were up sharply to 94: 33 unattributed … Continue Reading

Which Districts of the Appellate Court Account for the Court’s Criminal Docket (1990-2004)?

Last time, we reviewed which Districts (and Divisions) of the Appellate Court produced the Supreme Court’s civil docket from 1990 to 2019.  This week, we’re reviewing the sources of the criminal docket. Between 1990 and 1994, the Court decided 93 criminal cases which originated in Chicago’s First District: we were unable to determine the Division … Continue Reading

Which Districts of the Appellate Court Account for the Court’s Civil Docket (2005-2019)?

Last time, we reviewed the originating Districts of the Appellate Court for the Supreme Court’s civil docket between 1990 and 2004.  Today, we’re taking the numbers up to today. For the years 2005 to 2009, the Court decided 87 cases in all which originated in Chicago’s First District – 14 from Division 1, 17 from … Continue Reading

Which Districts of the Appellate Court Account for the Court’s Civil Docket (1990-2004)?

This week, we’re looking at a new topic in our ongoing review of the Court’s work: which Districts of the Appellate Court contributed the Supreme Court’s civil docket since 1990. Between 1990 and 1994, the civil docket was far from evenly distributed, either among the Districts of the Appellate Court, or among the Divisions of … Continue Reading

What Can Individual Justices’ Questioning Forecast About the Result – Criminal Cases 2018

Yesterday, we addressed the court-wide data for the oral arguments in the criminal cases decided last year.  Now, let’s dig down to the Justice-by-Justice numbers. Long-time readers will know that historically, the most active questioner on the Court during oral arguments tends to be Justice Thomas.  But last year on the criminal side, Justice Theis … Continue Reading

Is the Party Getting More Questions Likely to Lose – Criminal Cases 2018

In our last two posts, we took a close look at what the oral arguments data revealed for civil cases the Court decided last year.  Today we’ll be looking at the Court’s criminal decisions for 2018. On the civil side, the Court’s total questions were almost evenly split between appellants and appellees.  The criminal side … Continue Reading

What Can Individual Justices’ Questioning Forecast About the Result – Civil Cases 2018

Last time, we began reviewing the Court’s oral arguments in civil cases decided in 2018.  This time, we’re finishing that review. Who was the heaviest questioner?  Once again, Justice Thomas led, asking 201 questions in all.  Dividing the arguments by segment, we find that Justice Theis was the highest questioner for appellants’ initial argument, asking … Continue Reading

Is the Party Getting More Questions Likely to Lose – Civil Arguments 2018

This time, we’re tracking the oral arguments for the Court’s cases decided in 2018, beginning with civil cases.  If you’re a new reader of our blog, we reviewed the history of oral argument analytics here. Among the civil cases decided in 2018, the Court asked 285 questions of appellant – opening segment and rebuttal – … 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 Workers Compensation Cases (Part 4 of 4)

The Court’s workers compensation docket has been light in the last six years.  The Court has decided only three workers compensation cases recently – two in 2015 and one in 2016. All three of the Court’s latest workers compensation cases were won by the plaintiffs below. Defendants who won at the Appellate Court were one … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants in Workers Compensation Cases Fared Since 1990 (Part 3 of 4)

Today, we continue our review of the Illinois Supreme Court’s workers compensation caseload.  Between 2006 and 2013, the Court decided twelve workers compensation cases – three in 2006, three in 2007, one per year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, none in 2011 or 2012 and three in 2013. Seven of the Court’s most recent workers … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Workers Comp Cases Before the Supreme Court (Part 2 of 4)?

The workers comp docket was up slightly between 1998 and 2005, as the Court decided twenty-three cases: four in 1998, three in 1999, four in 2000, one in 2001, three in 2002, two in 2003 and 2004 and four in 2005. The distribution of cases between plaintiffs’ wins from the Appellate Court and defendants’ wins … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Workers Comp Cases Before the Supreme Court (Part 1 of 4)

Today, we’re beginning a new area of law in our analysis of the Justices’ handling of workers compensation cases, beginning with the years 1990 to 1997. From 1990 to 1997, the Supreme Court decided twenty-one workers comp cases – three in 1990, one in 1991, two each in 1992 and 1993, six in 1994, two … 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 Have Defendants Fared in Constitutional Law Cases at the Supreme Court (Part 3)?

Today, we’re continuing our series of posts on the Court’s experience since 1990 with civil constitutional law cases. Constitutional law cases continued to drop sharply as a share of the civil docket between 2006 and 2013, as the Court decided only twenty-nine cases.  The Court decided five cases in 2006, two in 2007, eight in … Continue Reading
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