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This time, we’re reviewing the decline in Appellate Court criminal dockets between 2001 and 2010.
The sharpest decline was in the First District.  There were 2,176 new criminal notices of appeal filed in 2000.  Although that number rose to 2,334 in 2001, it nosedived to 1,772 in 2002 and stayed around that level for the remainder of the decade.
The data in other Districts changed much less.  There were 649 new criminal notices of appeal in the Second District in 2000.  By 2006, there were only two fewer.  In 2009, there were again 647 new notices of appeal and the
Continue Reading Reviewing Declining Dockets Part 4 – Criminal, 2001-2010

Last time we reviewed the data for civil dockets in the Districts of the Appellate Court for the years 1997 through 2000.  Today, we’re looking at the data for the years 2001 through 2010.
In 2000, the First District saw 2,109 new proceedings.  That number dipped towards the middle of the decade, bottoming out at 1,862 in 2007, but by 2010, filings at the First District were actually up – 2,187 new cases for 2010.
The Second District saw a steep drop in the middle of the decade too, from 839 in 2010 to 653 in 2007, before staging a
Continue Reading Reviewing Declining Dockets, Part 3 – Civil, 2001-2010

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 far back as the filings are posted.)

Of course, First District filings dwarf the rest of the state.  Filings were up about six percent from 1997 to 1998, but total filings consistently declined after that – 2,368 new cases in 1999 and 2,109 in 2000. 
Continue Reading Reviewing Declining Dockets, Civil Part 1 (1997-2000)

Last time, we showed that although civil dockets were down a bit between 1997 and 2000 in the First and Fifth Districts, declines elsewhere in the state were negligible.  This time, we look at the criminal dockets for the same period.

The pattern was relatively similar on the criminal docket.  Across the four years, new criminal filings at the First District declined about eleven per cent, from 2,436 in 1997 to 2,176 in 2000.  New filings in the Second District were actually up – from 566 in 1997 to 737 in 1998, 665 in 1999 and 649 in 2000.  Third
Continue Reading Reviewing Declining Dockets, Criminal Part 1 (1997-2000)

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 Winnebago, DuPage and McHenry counties.  This year so far, there has been one each from DuPage, McHenry and Kane counties.

Next time: the Third District.
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Continue Reading Where Do the Second District Civil Cases Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (Part 4 – 2020-2022)

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 in 2022, the Court has decided one case from Will County, one from Grundy and one from Peoria County.

Next up: the Fourth District numbers.
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Continue Reading Where Did the Third District Civil Cases Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (Part 4, 2020-2022)?

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 Sangamon.  So far in 2022, the Court has decided one case from McLean County.
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Continue Reading Where Did the Fourth District Civil Cases Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (Part 4 – 2020-2022)

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 2021, there were two cases from St. Clair County and one each from Hamilton and Madison.  So far in 2022, the Court has only decided one case from St. Clair County.

Join us back here next time as we turn our attention to a new
Continue Reading Where Did the Fifth District Civil Cases Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (Part 4, 2020-2022)

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
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases Reviewed By the Supreme Court From the Second District Originate (Part 3 – 2010-2019)

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
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases Reviewed By the Supreme Court From the Third District Originate (Part 3 – 2010-2019)

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 the smallest county producing cases, with only 1.96%.

Sangamon County nevertheless accounted for most of the civil cases – 18 cases in eight of the ten years of the decade.  Champaign County had eight cases.  Macoupin produced four.  McLean, Vermillion and Macon counties had two
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases Reviewed By the Supreme Court From the Fourth District Originate (Part 3 – 2010-2019)

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%.  Effingham had 3.79%.  Saline County was 2.6%, Crawford had 2.04%, Richland County was 1.73%, Massac had 1.55% and Washington County accounted for 1.51%.

Madison County produced eight cases during the decade.  St. Clair had seven cases.  Marion County accounted for four cases.  Jackson had three,
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases Reviewed By the Supreme Court From the Fifth District Originate (Part 3 – 2010-2019)

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
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases From the Fifth District Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (2000-2009)

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
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases From the Fourth District Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (2000-2009)

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
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases From the Third District Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (2000-2009)

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
Continue Reading Where Do the Civil Cases from the Second District Reviewed by the Supreme Court Originate (Part II:2000-2009)