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Northern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit
NDIL.gif
Chief:Ruben CastilloJudges:20
Posts:22Vacancies:2
Active judges
ChangColemanDarrahDowDer-YeghiayanDurkinEllisFeinermanGuzmanKapalaKendallKennellyLeeNorglePallmeyerSt. EveTharpWoodZagel
Senior Judges
AspenBuckloCoarConlonDuffGettlemanGottschallGradyHartHoldermanKocorasLefkowLeinenweberLindbergManningMarovichNordbergReinhardShadur
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Geraldine Soat Brown
ColeCoxFinneganGilbertJohnstonKeysKimMartinMasonRowlandSchenkierValdez
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is the United States district court whose jurisdiction comprises the counties of Northern Illinois.

The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Zachary T. Fardon .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois's vacancy warning level is currently set at blue. The court currently has two vacancies out of their 22 posts. There is one pending appointment for the district.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Northern District of Illinois (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Northern District of Illinois consists of all the following counties in the northern part of the state of Illinois.

There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Eastern Division, covering Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake County, LaSalle and Will Counties

The Western Division, covering Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals located in the same courthouse the Northern District of Illinois is located in Downtown Chicago.

Cases heard

The Northern District of Illinois has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 11083117682285110784 12067186.51010 (10%)39.214
2011 11049105452159410208 1138615.36.61163 (12.7%)38.615
2010 1027710138204159346 1106915.16.21207(13.7%)5116
2009 95249693192178900 1031715.96.2943 (11.7%)18.512
2008 89649037180018702 9299156.2752 (10.2%)8.111
200777118816165278385814215.16.2456 (6.5%)15.811
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
ILN Terminations Filed.jpg ILN Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Northern District of Illinois has two separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number
Chicago Office Everett McKinley Dirksen

United States Courthouse
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 435-5670
Rockford Office United States Courthouse

211 South Court Street
Rockford, Illinois 61101

(815) 987-4354
[2]

History

Court history

Illinois was established as one judicial district by Congress on March 3, 1819 with one post to cover the entire state. The district court was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.

Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois on March 3, 1837, and established a United States circuit court within the district and assigned it over to the Seventh Circuit.

Illinois divided into two judicial districts on February 13, 1855. The districts were known as the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Illinois. One judgeship was assigned to each district and the District of Illinois was assigned over to the Northern District of Illinois.

Congress reorganized the circuits on July 15, 1862 and assigned Illinois to the Eighth Circuit and then to the Seventh Circuit on July 23, 1866.

The Eastern District of Illinois was established on March 3, 1905. One judgeship was authorized for the district court, as well as an additional judgeship to the Northern District of Illinois. Illinois was again reorganized into the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the Southern District of Illinois on October 2, 1978. Thirteen judgeships were assigned for the Northern District of Illinois, two for the Central District of Illinois, and two for the Southern District of Illinois. Over time 9 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 22 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Illinois:

Year Statute Total Seats
March 3, 1819 3 Stat. 502 1
February 13, 1855 10 Stat. 606 1
March 3, 1905 33 Stat. 992 2
May 29, 1928 45 Stat. 974 3
February 25, 1931 46 Stat. 1417 5
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 584 6
May 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 7(1 temporary)
August 14, 1950 64 Stat. 443 8
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 10
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 11
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 13
October 2, 1978 92 Stat. 883 13
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 16
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 21(1 temporary)
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 22
[3]

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Northern District of Illinois.



Federal courthouse

Two separate courthouses serve the Northern District of Illinois.

See also

External links

References

Northern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit
NDIL.gif
Chief:Ruben CastilloJudges:20
Posts:22Vacancies:2
Active judges
ChangColemanDarrahDowDer-YeghiayanDurkinEllisFeinermanGuzmanKapalaKendallKennellyLeeNorglePallmeyerSt. EveTharpWoodZagel
Senior Judges
AspenBuckloCoarConlonDuffGettlemanGottschallGradyHartHoldermanKocorasLefkowLeinenweberLindbergManningMarovichNordbergReinhardShadur
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Geraldine Soat Brown
ColeCoxFinneganGilbertJohnstonKeysKimMartinMasonRowlandSchenkierValdez
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Ruben Castillo1954Chicago, ILClinton 5/9/1994 - Present7/1/2013 - PresentNicholas BuaLoyola U. Chicago, B.A., 1976Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1979
Judge John Darrah1938Chicago, ILClinton 7/14/2000 - PresentGeorge MarovichLoyola U., B.S., 1965Loyola U. School of Law, J.D., 1969
Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan1952Aleppo, SyriaW. Bush 7/15/2003 - PresentMarvin AspenEvangel U., B.A., 1975Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D., 1978
Judge Robert Dow1965Madison, WIW. Bush 12/5/2007 - PresentCharles KocorasYale U., B.A., 1987Harvard Law School, J.D., 1993
Judge Ronald Guzman1948Rio Piedras, PRClinton 11/15/1999 - PresentBrian DuffLehigh U., B.A., 1970New York U. Law School, J.D., 1973
Judge Frederick Kapala1950Rockford, ILW. Bush 5/10/2007 - PresentPhilip ReinhardMarquette U., B.A., 1972U. of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Virginia Kendall1962Evanston, ILW. Bush 1/3/2006 - PresentSuzanne ConlonNorthwestern U., B.A., 1984Loyola U. of Chicago, J.D., 1992
Judge Matthew Kennelly1956Marion, INClinton 4/22/1999 - PresentPaul PlunkettU. of Notre Dame, B.A., 1978Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981
Judge Charles Norgle1937Chicago, ILReagan 10/4/1984 - PresentNew Seat|98 Stat. 333Northwestern U., B.B.A., 1964John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1969
Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer1954Tokyo, JapanClinton 10/22/1998 - PresentWilliam HartU. of Valparaiso, B.A., 1976U. of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1979
Judge Amy St. Eve1965Belleville, ILW. Bush 8/2/2002 - PresentGeorge LindbergCornell U., B.A., 1987Cornell Law School, J.D., 1990
Judge James Zagel1941Chicago, ILReagan 4/22/1987 - PresentFrank McGarrU. of Chicago, B.A., 1962Harvard Law School, J.D., 1965
Judge Sharon Coleman1960Chicago, ILObama 7/13/2010 - PresentMark FilipNorthern Illinois U., B.A., 1981Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1984
Judge Gary Feinerman1965Skokie, ILObama 6/29/2010 - PresentRobert GettlemanYale College, B.A., 1987Stanford Law School, J.D., 1991
Judge Edmond E. Chang1970New York, NYObama 12/20/2010 - PresentElaine BuckloU. of Michigan, B.S.E., 1991Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1994
Judge John Z. LeeObama 5/7/2012 - PresentDavid CoarHarvard, B.A., 1989Harvard Law, J.D., 1992
Judge John Tharp, Jr.1960Camp Lejeune, NCObama 5/14/2012 - PresentBlanche ManningDuke U., A.B., 1982Northwestern U. Law, J.D., 1990
Judge Thomas M. DurkinObama 12/17/2012 - PresentWayne AndersenU. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1975DePaul U. Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Sara Lee EllisObama 10/7/2013 - PresentJoan GottschallIndiana U., B.A., 1991Loyola U. Law, Chicago, J.D., 1994
Judge Andrea R. WoodObama October 14, 2013 - PresentWilliam HibblerU. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1986U. of Illinois Law, J.D., 1989


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Manish ShahStanford U., B.A., 1994U. of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1998


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge James HoldermanReagan 4/4/1985 - 12/30/20132006 - 6/30/201312/31/2013 - PresentU. of Illinois, B.S., 1968U. of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge Marvin AspenCarter 7/24/1979 - 7/1/20021995 - 20027/1/2002 - PresentNorthwestern U., B.S., 1956Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1958
Senior Judge Elaine BuckloClinton 10/11/1994 - 10/31/200910/31/2009 - PresentSaint Louis U., A.B., 1966Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Suzanne ConlonReagan 2/22/1988 - 4/17/20044/17/2004 - PresentMundelein College, B.A., 1963Loyola U. Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Robert GettlemanClinton 10/11/1994 - 5/5/20095/5/2009 - PresentBoston U., B.S./B.A., 1965Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Joan GottschallClinton 8/1/1996 - 4/23/20124/23/2012 - PresentSmith College, B.A., 1969Stanford Law School, J.D., 1973
Senior Judge John F. GradyFord 11/21/1975 - 5/23/19941986 - 19905/23/1994 - PresentNorthwestern U., B.S., 1952Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1954
Senior Judge William HartReagan 4/21/1982 - 6/1/19966/1/1996 - PresentLoyola U. Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1951
Senior Judge Charles KocorasCarter 9/30/1980 - 6/30/20062002 - 20066/30/2006 - PresentDe Paul U., B.S., 1961De Paul U. College of Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge Joan LefkowClinton 7/11/2000 - 9/1/20129/1/2012 - PresentWheaton College, A.B., 1965Northwestern U. Law School, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge Harry LeinenweberReagan 12/17/1985 - 6/3/20026/3/2002 - PresentU. of Notre Dame, B.A., 1959U. of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1962
Senior Judge George LindbergH.W. Bush 11/6/1989 - 6/21/20016/21/2001 - PresentNorthwestern U., B.S., 1954Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1957
Senior Judge Blanche ManningClinton 8/10/1994 - 2/1/20102/1/2010 - PresentChicago Teachers College, B.Ed., 1961John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1967 ; U. of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 1992
Senior Judge George MarovichReagan 4/1/1988 - 1/2/20001/2/2000 - PresentU. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1952U. of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1954
Senior Judge John NordbergReagan 4/21/1982 - 6/18/19946/18/1994 - PresentCarleton CollegeU. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1950
Senior Judge Philip ReinhardH.W. Bush 2/10/1992 - 1/12/20071/12/2007 - PresentU. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1962U. of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1964
Senior Judge Brian DuffReagan 10/17/1985 - 10/30/199610/30/1996 - PresentU. of Notre Dame, A.B., 1953DePaul U. College of Law, J.D., 1962
Senior Judge Milton ShadurCarter 5/23/1980 - 6/25/19926/25/1992 - PresentU. of Chicago, B.S., 1943U. of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1949


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier03/30/1998 - PresentNorthwestern U., B.S., 1976Northwestern U., J.D., 1979
Presiding Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown2000 - Present
Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole05/06/2005 - Present
Magistrate Judge Susan Cox04/19/2007 - PresentAllegheny College, 1980Boston U. Law, J.D.,1983
Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Arlander Keys02/21/1995 - 10/31/2009DePaul U., B.A., 1972DePaul U. Law, J.D., 1975
Magistrate Judge Michael Mason09/29/2001 - PresentU. of Arizona, 1965John Marshall Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez05/20/2005 - Present
Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan04/26/2010 - Present
Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert05/7/2010 - Present
Magistrate Judge Young Kim5/7/2010 - Present
Magistrate Judge Mary Rowland10/01/2012 - Present
Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin10/01/2012 - Present
Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston2/1/2013 - PresentRockford College, 1987The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1990


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Edwin Robson1970 - 1975
James Parsons1975 - 1981
Frank McGarr1981 - 1986
William Campbell1959 - 1970
Philip Leo Sullivan1957 - 1959
John Peter Barnes1948 - 1957
James Moran1990 - 1995
Charles Kocoras2002 - 2006
John F. Grady1986 - 1990
Marvin Aspen1995 - 2002

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges

  1. Wayne Andersen
  2. David Coar
  3. William Hibbler
  4. James Moran
  5. Ann Williams
  6. Paul Plunkett
  7. Joel Flaum
  8. Ilana Rovner
  9. Mark Filip
  10. Thomas Drummond
  11. Henry Williams Blodgett
  12. William Bauer
  13. Philip Tone
  14. Peter Stenger Grosscup
  15. Christian Cecil Kohlsaat
  16. Solomon Hicks Bethea
  17. Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  18. George Albert Carpenter
  19. Adam Cliffe
  20. James Herbert Wilkerson
  21. John Peter Barnes
  22. George Johnson
  23. William Harrison Holly
  24. Philip Leo Sullivan
  25. Michael Igoe
  26. William Lynch
  27. James Alesia
  28. Richard Austin
  29. Nicholas Bua
  30. William Campbell
  31. John Crowley
  32. Bernard Decker
  33. Susan Getzendanner
  34. Julius Hoffman
  35. Alfred Kirkland
  36. Winfred Knoch
  37. Walter LaBuy
  38. George Leighton
  39. Abraham Marovitz
  40. Prentice Marshall
  41. Frank McGarr
  42. Richard McLaren
  43. Thomas McMillen
  44. Julius Miner
  45. Alexander Napoli
  46. James Parsons
  47. Joseph Perry
  48. Edwin Robson
  49. Stanley Roszkowski
  50. Elwyn Shaw
  51. Hubert Will
  52. Charles Woodward



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