Illinois is ranked #48 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, the same unenviable position it held in 2015. The state has ranked in the bottom five of the 50 states since 2005. Within the state, Cook County and Madison County made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments. 

Illinois at a Glance

Suggested Resources

  • 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Illinois

  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – Illinois

All Results for Illinois

  1. Employers Launch 'Land of Lawsuits' Campaign to Push for Legal Reform; Effort Includes Paid Advertising, Town Hall Meetings, New Web Site

    April 17, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON -- A coalition of Illinois business and legal reform groups today launched a statewide public education campaign in support of comprehensive legal reforms that would bring fairness and common sense to the state's abusive legal system. The effort will feature paid advertising, a grassroots lapel pin campaign, a series of town hall meetings, and a new Web site, designed to educate Illinois citizens on the need for legal reform. ... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber: Illinois Drops Again in State Legal Rankings

    March 07, 2005 | Press Release

    CHICAGO, Ill. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released its Harris Interactive 2005 State Liability Systems Ranking Study, which shows Illinois ranked 46 in legal fairness, having dropped twelve places in the last three years. ILR also announced the launch of a national advertising campaign to highlight the results of the study and promote federal and state-based legal reform. ... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber Commends President Bush for Shining Lawsuit Abuse Spotlight on Madison County, Illinois

    January 04, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today praised President George W. Bush for calling attention to one of the nation's most notorious havens for lawsuit abuse, Madison County, Illinois.... Read More

  4. Chamber No Longer Under Subpoena in Madison County

    July 10, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2003 -- The United States Chamber of Commerce welcomed news that the subpoenas against Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber, and three other tort reform advocates have been withdrawn by a Madison County law firm. "The subpoena was an illegitimate attempt to silence the critics of lawsuit abuse," said Lisa Rickard, president of the Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform. "The attorney's action to withdraw his own subpoena saved the court from wasting its time in a hearing, but the outcome would have been the same." ... Read More

  5. Chamber Moves To Quash Illegitimate Subpoenas

    June 24, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2003 -- The United States Chamber of Commerce today filed a motion in Madison County, Illinois, to quash subpoenas served on U.S. Chamber President Thomas J. Donohue and three others following a June 5 news conference highlighting lawsuit abuse in the Madison County court system and the need for reform. ... Read More

  6. Chamber Criticizes Class Action in Madison County, IL

    March 20, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce derided a Madison County, Illinois, court for certifying a class action case that resulted in a multi-billion dollar award against the Philip Morris tobacco company. "Madison County is the epicenter of class action filings in America," said Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "This case should go down in the history books as the poster child for venue abuse." ... Read More

  7. Chamber Urges Review of Illinois Class Action Suit

    January 24, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce warned that overly lenient state courts are becoming magnets for class action litigation, in an amicus brief filed today in the Supreme Court of Illinois on behalf of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. State Farm was hit with a billion-dollar judgment after a state trial court certified a class action suit involving nearly five million plaintiffs in 48 states.<... Read More