Illinois First District Appellate Court
|Illinois First District Appellate Court|
|Method:||Partisan election of judges|
The Illinois First District Appellate Court (also called the Cook County Judicial Circuit) comprises all of Cook County, Illinois, and meets in the city of Chicago. An executive committee serves as the general administrative authority for this district.
There are five appellate court districts in Illinois. Each judge has a support staff of two law clerks and a secretary.
The clerk of the First District Appellate Court is Steven Ravid.
Like every appellate district, the judges elected to the First District serve 10-year terms "commencing on the first Monday in December following his election."
There are six divisions within the First District. Each division has four judges.
| Illinois Appellate|
|First name||Last name||Appointed/Elected||Term ended|
The following charts display caseload statistics from the First District Court.
|Civil and Criminal Caseload Breakdown|
|Civil & Criminal Caseloads||Civil Filed||Civil Disposed||Criminal Filed||Criminal Disposed|
|Total Cases Pending by Year|
- For all recent Court opinions see: Illinois Courts, "Recent Appellate Court Opinions"
Abortion clinic dodges state fines (2015)
In 2009, Antonesha Ross, an 18-year-old, sought a surgical abortion at Chicago's Women's Aid Clinic. At the time, Ross had pneumonia, a condition which should have made her ineligible for an abortion that day. The first time Ross visited the Clinic, she was turned away because of an upper respiratory infection; doctors told her to see her primary care doctor for a course of antibiotics. She returned less than a week later, still unwell. The Women's Aid Clinic proceeded to provide the service Ross requested; they did so without first determining that Ross actually obtained the medical care the Clinic said she needed before they would perform the abortion. This time, instead of a respiratory infection, Ross had pneumonia. When she began having trouble breathing, workers did not perform CPR on Ross and instead handed her a paper bag in which to breathe. Ross died several hours later from cardiopulmonary arrest.
An investigation was opened by the state following Ross' death. Women's Aid Clinic was ultimately fined $36,000 in 2011 for:
1. failing to inform patients of medical conditions which make abortion too risky to perform ($9,000); 2. failure to employ an on-staff registered nurse to act as supervisor of care in the operating room ($18,000); and 3. for sanitary violations ($9,000).
In 2011, the Women's Aid Center filed for bankruptcy and closed. The Clinic's ending bank balance was just $77. The fines were never paid because of the bankruptcy. Its owner, Larisa Rozansky, later opened a new clinic called the Women's Aid Center. The Illinois Department of Public Health challenged nonpayment of the fine, attempting to seize over $3,000 held in the Center's bank account. The Department of Public Health attempted to seize those funds to collect on the Clinic's debt, but Rozansky sought judicial intervention. An evidentiary hearing was held by Judge Alexander White to determine if those funds were part of the Clinic's assets. Judge White ultimately determined that the Clinic and the Center were entirely separate entities, as Rozansky argued, and thus the state could only collect the $77 in the Clinic's bank account.
The Department of Public Health appealed Judge White's ruling to the First District Appellate Court, arguing that the money in the Center's account could be traced back to the Clinic closed by Rozansky. The court's decision was written by Judge Mathias W. Delort. He wrote that, at the evidentiary hearing held by Judge White, no evidence was presented linking the two businesses; the Clinic offered surgical abortions while the Center provides only medication-induced abortions. Further, there was no evidence Rozansky transferred any funds or equipment from the Clinic to the Center, and there was ample evidence that, at the time of closing, the Clinic was insolvent. Therefore, the state could not seize the funds in the Center's bank account.
- Oak Park School District 97 was sued by Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America for allegedly printing misleading information on the school ballot for the election on April 5, 2011. The group claims that the school wrote the ballot in a way that did not disclose the full impact of the school property tax increase. The school noted, though, that they had consulted a law firm about the ballot language before they submitted it.
- Tower Automotive v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission dealt with the issue of worker's compensation benefits, and if it was applicable for time that was spent after the 40 hours of a traditional work week, otherwise known as overtime. The court ruled that if an employee was injured during overtime hours, it was still included in their benefit plan.
- Illinois Second District Appellate Court
- Illinois Third District Appellate Court
- Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court
- Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court
- May vary for chief judge
- Illinois Appellate Court, "General Information"
- Illinois Constitution, "Article VI, Sections 10 and 12(d)"
- First District Appellate Court "Criminal and Civil Caseload Statistics," accessed on May 1, 2011
- Pioneer Local, "Lawsuit filed against Oak Park school district's referendum wording," April 26, 2011
- JD Supra, "Towers Automotive: Illinois Court On Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Excess Hours Worked," April 8, 2011
|Candidate||Incumbency||Party||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|Freddrenna M. Lyle||No||Democratic||35.4%|
|Susan Kennedy Sullivan||No||Democratic||27.2%|
|Unopposed||David Ellis (Illinois) (Murphy vacancy)|
|Candidate||Incumbency||Party||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|John B. Simon||Yes||Democratic||54.2%|
|Candidate||Incumbency||Party||Predecessor||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|James Fitzgerald Smith||Yes|
|Jesse G. Reyes||No||Democratic||Vacancy of Sheila O'Brien||33%||100%|
|Mathias W. Delort||No||Democratic||Vacancy of Robert Cahill||25%||100%|
|Maureen Connors||Yes||Democratic||Vacancy of Mary Jane Theis||100%|
|Nathaniel R. Howse||No||Democratic||Vacancy of Sharon Coleman||100%|
|P. Scott Neville||Yes||Democratic||Vacancy of Michael Gallagher||44%||100%|
|Terrence J. Lavin||Yes||Democratic||Vacancy of John Tully||100%|