Illinois Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of Illinois is the highest judicial court of the state of Illinois. The court's authority is granted in Article VI of the current Illinois Constitution , which provides for seven justices elected from the five appellate judicial districts of the state.[1]. The district encompassing Cook County is represented by three justices, while the other four districts elect one each. Each justice is elected for a term of ten years [2] and the chief justice is elected by the court from its members for a three-year term.

The court has limited original jurisdiction, hears appeals of right in death penalty cases and cases where the constitutionality of laws has been called into question, and has a docket of discretionary appeal from the Illinois Appellate Court. Along with the state legislature, the court promulgates court rules for the state as a whole. Also, its members have the authority to elevate trial judges to the appellate court on a temporary basis. [3] The court administers professional discipline through the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee and they govern initial licensing through the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar.

Illinois Supreme Court rulings on ballot measures

Year Type Ballot measure Legal issue Plaintiff Defendant Court ruling Impact
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Current Justices

  • Robert R. Thomas, Chief Justice (2nd District)
  • Thomas R. Fitzgerald (1st District)
  • Charles E. Freeman (1st District)
  • Rita B. Garman (4th District)
  • Lloyd A. Karmeier (5th District)
  • Thomas L. Kilbride (3rd District)
  • Anne M. Burke, (1st District)



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