The Project would not have reached fruition without the continuing support of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez, and the faculty research funds used for the underlying research. Additionally, the project gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Illinois Supreme Court and its staff and clerks. The Project is particularly indebted to Anne Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, who took an early and continued interest in the Project and to Alderman Edward M. Burke, who generously provided the Introduction for the website.

Thanks also to Tom Geraghty, Director, and the staff of the Bluhm Legal Clinic; the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and its recent editors and staff; and the research assistants on the project, including among others: Paige Cunningham, John Frawley, Hannah Henkel, Christina Law, and the many other students and staff who assisted in the work. Undergraduate students from Northwestern University also participated in the Project.

Thanks as well to Tom Gaylord and the staff of the Northwestern Pritzker Legal Research Center, and to Wei Wang and Colin Sasser, members of the IT Department at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Many thanks to Maryanne Martinez, Faculty Assistant, who continuously supported the Project's many tasks.

Special thanks once again to Mark Swindle, Project Manager and Designer, who made the Project possible.

This Project began two years ago when Leigh Bienen, Senior Lecturer at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, the Project Director, asked if there was any single publicly available source that showed all sitting Illinois State Judges with basic information about their education, appointments, and prior legal experience.


Leigh Bienen's other websites include:

  Leigh Buchanan Bienen: Works
A collection of Leigh's ~50 publications of fiction and non-fiction, 9 websites and 27 videos


  Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930
The years between 1870 and 1930 marked the emergence of Chicago as a dominant American city, undergoing some of the most dramatic and extensive social, political and economic changes in our national history. Against this backdrop we present a unique record–the Chicago Police Department Homicide Record Index–chronicling 11,000 homicides in the city during those years.


  The Life and Times of Florence Kelley in Chicago, 1891-1899
Florence Kelley was the first woman factory inspector in the United States, appointed in Illinois by Governor John Peter Altgeld in 1893. A resident of Hull House, and a reformer–who refused to be associated with any political party–Florence Kelley lived in Chicago from 1891 until 1899, leading and participating in a variety of projects. These included: a wage and ethnicity census of the slums and tenements in Chicago; the reporting of cases and contagion in the smallpox epidemic of 1893; the enforcement of the universal primary education laws, and, most importantly, enforcing the provisions of the Illinois Factory Inspections Law of 1893.

  Florence Kelley, Factory Inspector in 1890s Chicago, and the Children
This book braids together three narratives: the story of Florence Kelley's life as a mother and reformer in the tumult of 1890s Chicago; the story of the author's arrival in Chicago a century later and her new life and work here; and references to wrongful convictions and exonerations over the course of a decade leading finally to the abolition of capital punishment in Illinois.
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    Illinois Murder Indictments 2000-2010
The purpose of this project was to make publicly available for criminal law and criminology researchers, and any other interested persons, a series of legal records which were obtained during the course of research on capital punishment and its cost during the period 2000-2009. This research, along with many other factors, played a role in the abolition of the capital punishment in Illinois in March of 2010.


    2003 Chicago Murders
A companion site of Illinois Murder Indictments 2000-2010, with focus on a database of 140 cases drawn from 2,200 death eligible murder indictments presented here. These 140 cases are all from Cook County, and the indictments date from the period January 1, 2003 - June 30, 2003. The data base consists of information for each case taken from two public sources: the official Circuit Court of Cook County indictment and the Circuit Court of Cook County Certified Statement of Conviction/Dispostion.