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Illinois Court History: Redistricting

Redistricting the Illinois legislature has long been a political process that the Illinois courts repeatedly have been called upon to arbitrate. In the nineteenth century, redistricting was a relatively straightforward process, but the growing population in Cook County and Chicago resulted in pushback from downstate legislators unwilling to give up strong majorities in the Illinois House and Senate. In 1901, the legislature allotted 37 percent of the districts to Cook County, which closely reflected its 38 percent of the state's population.

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Illinois Court Help a Big Boost for Court Users

The data indicates we are emerging from the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many of the difficulties wrought by this experience are certainly still with us. Notwithstanding (and often prompted by) these difficulties, new and innovative ideas for increasing access and understanding of our court system have emerged. One of these is Illinois Court Help – a free, personalized information service offered by the Illinois Courts and staffed by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Access to Justice Division.

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Court Navigator Network

An Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Grant opportunity landed on Mary Sellmyer's desk last year as the 11th Judicial Circuit was in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reaching out to all five county partners seemed to be a way to help identify and articulate the self-represented litigants' (SRL) unique needs and then address them. The gift of a grant has provided just that opportunity. The following is the view through the eyes of four members of this newly formed collaboration.

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Illinois Supreme Court Approves Amendments to Order on Residential Evictions

The Illinois Supreme Court announced amendments to Order M.R. 30370 regarding residential evictions. The Illinois Judicial Conference’s Court Operations During COVID-19 Task Force (Task Force) recommended these amendments to the Court in order to better clarify the standard for residential evictions impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders.

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