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New Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Sworn In

Updated: Tuesday, October 29 2013, 05:28 PM CDT

For only the second time in Illinois history, the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court is a woman.

Today, Judge Rita Garman was back in Danville, where her legal career started, for her installation as chief justice.

Garman is the longest-serving female judge in Illinois, and the first chief justice to ever serve in every office at every level of the state judiciary.

Garman got her start as a legal aid, then became an associate judge in Vermillion County. She and her colleagues said Danville helped shape her legal career.

"Our new Chief Justice began her legal career here," Justice Mary Jane Theis of the Illinois Supreme Court First District said. "It has been my privilege to work with her for the past three years on the Illinois Supreme Court, and I believe those first 12 years in courtrooms here continue to influence and shape her."

Garman also gives credit to women who paved the way for her success, and hopes to do the same for others. She said she has often been the first woman to do many things, but owes a debt to those before her.

New Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Sworn In


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