New chief justice sworn in

Published: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 2:27 p.m. CDT

DANVILLE (AP) — A new chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court has been sworn in.

The installation ceremony for Justice Rita Garman took place Monday at Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville. That's where Garman began her career four decades ago as an associate judge.

She replaces Thomas Kilbride, who resumes his associate justice post. During his three-year term, one of Kilbride's highest profile accomplishments was to allow cameras in some courtrooms.

After Kilbride swore Garman in Monday, she told assembled jurists, well-wishers and relatives that her swearing in was "one of the most gratifying and uplifting moments" in her life.

Garman's becomes the 119th chief justice on the court and the second woman to hold the post. Currently, there are a total of three women on the seven-member panel.

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