Report: Garman likely chief justice

Report: Garman likely chief justice

Radio station's prediction 'based on seniority'

SPRINGFIELD — The next Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice could be announced later this month, according to Joseph Tybor, press secretary to the court. A radio station in Springfield reported Thursday that Justice Rita Garman of Danville could be the next chief justice.

But Tybor said there has been no announcement as to who will succeed the current Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride, whose term as chief justice ends in October.

Tybor said the Illinois Supreme Court meets next week in Chicago, and there could be an announcement then about the next chief justice, but nothing has been announced at this time.

The Springfield radio station bases its prediction on the fact that the chief justice position "usually rotates among the justices based on seniority," and Garman would be the next in line. The report also refers to the announcement of two receptions in Garman's honor later this year, one hosted by the Woman's Bar Association of Illinois.

The website of that association has an announcement advertising an event "honoring the achievements and installation of Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, Illinois Supreme Court" and Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, on Oct. 29, 2013, in Chicago.

Garman, a former circuit court judge in Vermilion County, was appointed to the state's highest court in February 2001 to succeed Justice Ben Miller of Springfield, who retired. She became the first downstate woman and only the second female to serve on the state Supreme Court. In 2002, Garman ran for election to the seat.

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