Rita Garman

New Illinois Chief Justice Announced



Justice Rita Garman will be the Illinois Supreme Court's next chief justice.
 
The 69-year-old Republican from Danville will take over Oct. 26 from Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride.
 
Kilbride's three-year term was highlighted by technological advances including allowing a pilot project for cameras in trial courtrooms.
 
Garman was appointed in 2001 to replace a retiring justice. She was elected to a 10-year term in 2002 and retained in 2012.
She's been a judge since 1974 — the longest-serving woman judge in Illinois and the next-to-longest overall.
 
She says she will continue Kilbride's technology initiatives. She also is interested in children's issues — recommending that the court establish a committee to ensure custody cases focus on the needs of children involved.

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