This time, we’re looking at the Third District docket of Supreme Court cases.

Will County dominates the Third in population, with nearly four times the population of the next biggest county according to the 2020 census.  Will has 47.82%.  Peoria has 12.49% of the population among counties which produced cases.  Rock Island County was 9.93%, Tazewell was 9.02% and LaSalle County was 7.53%.  The remaining counties are all far smaller, with populations of 60,000 or less – Whiteside, Grundy, Knox, Warren, Marshall and Putnam.

Of course, Will and Peoria County accounted for most of the cases coming out of the Third District in the last decade.  Will County had twelve cases, placing at least one on the Supreme Court’s civil docket in nine of the ten years.  Peoria had five cases.  The remaining cases were scattered – three in La Salle County and one each in Warren, Whiteside, Rock Island, Putnam, Tazewell, Marshall, Grundy and Knox counties.

Next up – the Fourth District.

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This week, we’re concluding our series tracing the origin of the civil cases reviewed by the Supreme Court, District by District, since 1990.

First, we look at the population distribution for the counties that produced cases in the just-ended decade.  DuPage County is at 30.67%.  Lake County accounts for 23.49%.  Kane is 16.98%, McHenry is 10.2% and Winnebago County is 9.38%.  The remaining counties which produced cases – Kendall, Henry, Stephenson, Lee and Jo Daviess – were all much smaller than Winnebago.

The distribution of civil cases over the past decade has more-or-less followed this population distribution.  DuPage had cases at the Supreme Court in six of the ten years; Kane was there in seven years and Lake County had cases in seven years.  Lake County had fifteen cases, DuPage County an even dozen and Kane County had nine.  The rest of the docket was widely scattered – four cases from Winnebago County, two each from Stephenson and Kendall and one case apiece from McHenry, Jo Daviess, Henry and Lee Counties.

Next up – the Third District.

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For our second decade, we once again begin by reviewing the population distribution among the counties that produced cases between 2000 and 2009.

St. Clair and Madison counties were separated by only about 800 people in the 2010 census – St. Clair was 25.58% of the population in the District and Madison was 25.51%.  Williamson County was next at 6.29%, followed by Jackson County at 5.7%.  Six additional counties were barely over 3% – Franklin (3.75%), Marion (3.74%), Jefferson (3.68%), Christian (3.3%), Randolph (3.17%) and Monroe counties (3.12%).  Eight more counties were less than 3% of the District population (which translates to about 30,000 people and below).

Both Madison and St. Clair produced cases in nine of the ten years.  St. Clair County accounted for 19 cases; Madison had 11.  Williamson County had four cases.  There were three cases apiece in Jefferson and Franklin counties.  The Court reviewed one case each from twenty different counties scattered around the District.

Next up – we review the years 2010 through 2019.

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The Fourth District population is much more evenly distributed than the Third District is.  Champaign County is 20.25%.  Sangamon, home of the state capitol, is 19.89%.  McLean County accounts for 17.99% and Macon County is 11.16%.  Vermillion County accounts for 8.22%, Adams is 6.76% and Coles County is 5.43%.  The remaining counties are substantially smaller.

Sangamon County had by far the most cases in the District for this decade, accounting for 18 cases.  Champaign and McLean counties had eight cases each.  Macon  County produced four cases.  Vermillion and Adams County had three cases, Edgar County had two and eight remaining counties produced one case apiece.

Next up: the Fifth District.

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Our next data set is the civil cases between 2000 and 2009 from the Third District.

Will County is by far the biggest county in the Third, with 43.25% of the population among the counties which contributed cases in this decade.  Peoria County accounted for 11.91%.  Rock Island was 9.42% and Tazewell was 8.64%.  LaSalle and Kankakee counties were only 500 people apart in the 2010 census – 7.27% for LaSalle, 7.24% for Kankakee.

Turning to the case distribution, Will came closest to contributing at least one civil case to the Supreme Court each year, finishing the decade with 14 cases.  Peoria County accounted for six cases.  Rock Island had six.  Tazewell had three, Knox and LaSalle County each had two.  Kankakee, Putnam, Henry, Grundy and McDonough County each produced one case.

Next up: the Fourth District.

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This week we’re reviewing the county-of-origin data for the civil docket for the years 2000 through 2009.

First, we compare the populations of the Second District counties which produced cases during the decade.

Du Page County had 30.58% of the population according to the 2010 census.  Lake County had 23.46%.  Kane County accounted for 17.19% and McHenry was 10.3%.  Winnebago had 9.85% of the District’s population and the remaining counties were all at three and change (Kendall) and below.

Not surprisingly, Du Page and Lake accounted for most of the cases too.  Du Page was the only county that produced cases in every year of the decade.  In all, Du Page accounted for 29 cases and Lake County 19 cases.  McHenry County had seven cases, Winnebago and Kane six each, Ogle and Kendall two each and Lee and Kane counties one apiece.

Next up – the Third District data.

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Finally, we come to the Fifth District, the largest District in terms of the total number of counties covered (18) and the next-to-smallest District by population, only a few thousand residents ahead of the Fourth District.  St. Clair and Madison counties dominate the Fifth.  Although they have over a half million residents between them, the 2000 population of the two counties only varied by a couple thousand people.  So Madison County accounts to 23.7% of the Fifth District population, and St. Clair is 23.44%.  Only one other County – Macon – is in double figures, with 10.5%.  The remaining counties are scattered from a high of 5.61% for Williamson County and downwards.

Surprisingly, neither St. Clair nor Madison county had civil cases in each year of the decade.  All told, St. Clair accounted for 22 civil cases during the nineties and Madison County had 15.  Jackson and Williamson counties accounted for six cases each.  Effingham County produced five cases; Frankin and Christian counties produced four each.  Marion County had three cases.  Three more counties accounted for two cases apiece and eight counties produced only one case apiece.

Next time we’ll turn our attention to the data for the next decade, 2000 through 2009.

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This time, we’re reviewing the geographic distribution of civil cases from the Fourth District during the 1990s.

The Fourth District has the largest number of counties of the three Districts we’ve reviewed so far – sixteen during this decade – but the lowest population, 440,000 less than the Third District and more than one and three quarters million less than the Second.  The population is also a bit more distributed.  Four counties have more than ten percent of the Fourth’s total population: Sangamon (18.53%), Champaign (17.62%), McLean (14.75%) and Macon counties (11.25%).  Vermilion County has 8.23% of the population, Adams has 6.7% and Coles County – where my family lived for four years during the Civil War – accounted for 5.22%.  After that, the remaining counties are all quite small.

In looking at the case distribution, we have to keep in mind that Sangamon County is the home of the state capital, which is bound to affect the caseloads.  For the decade, only Sangamon had cases in every year, producing 18 in all.  Champaign and McLean County accounted for 11 cases apiece.  After that, a steep drop-off to Macon County with five cases and Vermilion and Morgan counties with three.  Three more counties had two cases apiece and four counties produced one case apiece.

Next time: the Fifth District data.

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With this post, we’re reviewing the distribution of civil cases from the Third District for the years 1990 through 1999.  First, let’s look at the population distribution.

As of the 2000 census, the Third District was large geographically – encompassing fifteen counties – but small by population (only half the Second District).  Will County accounted for 34.38% of the Third District’s population.  Peoria had 12.55% and Rock Island was 10.22%, but all the other counties were below ten percent (led by Tazewell at 8.79%, LaSalle at 7.63% and Kankakee county at 7.11%).

We commented yesterday that there’s no particular reason to expect caseloads to track the population distribution all that closely, and the Third District numbers illustrate that.  Will County is a third of the Third’s population, but produced only five cases during the nineties.  Peoria County had 15 cases and LaSalle County had seven.  Rock Island accounted for four cases and Tazewell had three.

Tomorrow, we’ll review the data for the Fourth District.

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Today we begin a new series, looking at the geographic origins of the Supreme Court’s civil docket from the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Districts of the Appellate Court.  (If you’re wondering why we’re not addressing the First District, there’s only one county in the District, so it would make for a short post.)

Of course, there’s no particularly compelling reason why the Court’s civil cases from a particular District should be spread out geographically in a way comparable to the population.  Nevertheless, we begin by noting the population of the Second District according to the 2000 census.  DuPage County was the biggest in the District with 32.78% of the total population (of the District, not the state).  Lake County had another 23.36% of the population, Kane was at 14.65% and Winnebago had 10.1%.  McHenry had 9.43% of the population, and the rest of the counties were quite small.

Turning to the case numbers, DuPage was the only county which had civil cases on the Supreme Court’s docket every year of the nineties.  Lake was close behind, being zeroed out only in 1993.  The Court decided 31 civil cases which originated in DuPage County and twenty from Lake County.  Kane was next, but accounted for only eight cases.  McHenry and Winnebago had five cases, DeKalb and Ogle counties had two each, and Boone, Stephenson and Lee only produced one case apiece.

Join us back here next time as we review the numbers for the Third District.

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