The new head of the Illinois Supreme Court will be a justice from southern Illinois. Justices on the court have unanimously selected Lloyd Karmeier as the new Chief Justice and he will begin his 3-year term on October 26.
Karmeier will be the 120th Chief Justice in Illinois history and the second person from Washington County. He has served on the high court since 2004. In addition to his judicial duties, he has served as chair of the Illinois Courts Commission, the independent body established under the Illinois Constitution to hear and decide cases in which judges are charged with official misconduct. He will give up that post when he takes over as Chief Justice and Justice Anne Burke will take that post. Karmeier will succeed Rita Garman whose tenure as head of the court will end on October 26th.