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How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data for the distribution of the Court’s civil docket among the Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal. Today, we review the most recent data, from 2012 to year-to-date 2017....more

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 3)?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year distribution of the Court’s civil docket among the Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal for the years 1994 through 2005. Today, we review the data for the years 2006 through...more

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data for how the Court’s civil caseload was distributed in the Appellate Court for the years 2004 through 2010. Today, we review the data for the years 2011 through 2017....more

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 3)?

Last week, we began our review of how the Court’s civil cases are distributed among the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court. We began by covering the years 1999 through 2003. This week, we address the more recent...more

How Were the Court’s Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 2)?

On October 12, 2017, we began our review of the distribution of the Court’s civil cases at the Districts (and Divisions) of the Court of Appeal, reviewing the data for the years 1994 through 1999. Today, we review the data...more

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the government’s record in civil and criminal appeals. This week, we begin our review of which Districts of the Court of Appeal have produced the most civil cases each year....more

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed In the Appellate Court (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our study of where in the Appellate Court the Court has drawn its civil docket each year. Today, we’re reviewing the years 1997 through 2003. For the years 1990 through 1996, cases from Cook County’s...more

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed In the Appellate Court (Part 1)?

This week, we answer a new question in our study of the expanded Illinois Supreme Court data library: how have the Court’s civil cases been distributed among the various parts of the Appellate Court? As of 1990, Cook...more

What’s the Government’s Winning Percentage in Criminal Appeals?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data on the State’s appearances as appellant and respondent in criminal cases from 1994 to 2016. Today, we review the State’s winning percentage in each role....more

How Many Criminal Appeals Are the Result of Government Appeals?

Last week, we reviewed how often public entities appeared as appellant and respondent in civil cases, and how often the public entities prevailed. This week, we review the Court’s experience in criminal cases....more

What Is the State’s Winning Percentage in Criminal Appeals When It’s the Appellant?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data about how the Court’s criminal docket has been divided between cases in which the State was the appellant and defense appeals. Today, we look at the State’s year-by-year winning percentage in...more

How Often is the State the Appellant in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we reviewed the data on how often public entities were parties in civil cases at the Court. Of course, criminal cases are a different matter; the State is a party to every appeal. So this week, we address a...more

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win in Civil Cases?

Last week, we began our review of the Court’s experience with governmental entities. This week, we’re evaluating governmental entities’ winning percentage....more

How Common Are Governmental Parties in the Court’s Civil Docket?

For the past several weeks, we’ve looked at the Court’s record with death penalty appeals. This week and next, we’re looking at the Court’s record with parties that are governmental entities....more

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we looked at how often governmental entities have appeared as parties in civil cases at the Illinois Supreme Court. Today, we address the governmental entities’ winning percentage. Governmental entities won...more

How Common Are Governmental Parties in the Court’s Civil Docket?

For the past several weeks, we’ve looked at the Court’s record with death penalty appeals. This week and next, we’re looking at the Court’s record with parties that are governmental entities. In Table 559, we report the...more

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1994-2017 (Part 2)

On September 21, 2017, we reviewed the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty appeals for the years 1994 through 2005. Today, we look at the second half of our study period, 2006 through 2017. In Table 303,...more

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1994-2017 (Part 1)

Last week, we looked at how often the Justices voted with the majority in death penalty appeals, regardless of whether the decision was to affirm, reverse in part while affirming the sentence, reverse in part and vacate the...more

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1990-2010 (Part 2)

Yesterday, we reviewed the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases for the years 1990 through 1999. Today, we’re looking at the Justices’ voting records for the years 2000 through abolition in 2010....more

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1990-2010 (Part 1)

Last week, we discussed the data on how often the Justices of the Court voted with the majority in the Illinois Supreme Court’s death penalty cases between 1990 and 2010 (after which the death penalty was abolished). This...more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases, discussing the data on the percentage of the time each Justice voted with the majority in death penalty appeals for the years...more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 1)?

Earlier this week, we reviewed the data on the percentage of the time each Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court voted with the majority in death penalty cases. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be reviewing the same measure for the...more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases – specifically, how often each Justice voted with the majority. Today, we’ll review the data for the years 2000 through 2010....more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been comparing the death penalty jurisprudence of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts. Having reviewed the county-by-county reversal rates last week, this week we’re looking at the...more

Were Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases Longer or Shorter When the Court Reversed?

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s majority opinions in death penalty appeals between 1994 and 2017, focusing on complete affirmances and partial reversals where the sentence was affirmed. Today, we review the...more

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