New Book Looks At The Lives Of Illinois Supreme Court Justices Over The Last 200 Years

October 29, 2018 - 10:37 am

By Dave Dahl

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new book is out about the history of the Illinois Supreme Court.

“Adjudicating Illinois: Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court” is a biographical compilation of the lives and careers of the 117 individuals (113 men and 4 women) who have sat on the Supreme Court of Illinois since 1818. The roster of justices includes governors, senators, a presidential candidate, a professional football player, and career lawyers and judges.

The author is John Lupton, executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission.

“Since we’ve always had a geographical representation to the court justices come from all over the state,” Lupton tells WBBM Newsradio. “They are not just centered out of Chicago or the collar counties. Small towns, like Metropolis and Fairfield. What’s great about it is it’s kind of a history of Illinois.”

Sales of the book, priced at $60, benefit the Historic Preservation Commission.