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. In the News Today - November 7, 2016

    November 07, 2016 | News and Blog

    National Courts Monitor breaks down some of the plaintiffs' lawyers scandals from this election cycle, including a "bombshell story that a well-connected Boston [asbestos] law firm paid bonuses to apparently directly reimburse employees for political donations." ... Read More

  2. In the News Today - November 1, 2016

    November 01, 2016 | News and Blog

    In a bit of irony, Slater and Gordon, the world's first publicly traded law firm, which specializes in class actions and also practices third party litigation funding - has been sued in a shareholder class action that is funded, in part, by Australian-based JustKapital Litigation Financing and London's Woodsford Litigation Funding. ... Read More

  3. In the News Today - October 6, 2016

    October 06, 2016 | News and Blog

    Illinois Judge Maintains High Substitution Rate: A St. Clair County, IL judge who was demoted due to frequent substitutions has continued his high rate of substitutions. ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - September 7, 2016

    September 07, 2016 | News and Blog

    The Illinois Civil Justice League released a study yesterday showing that "campaign contributions from trial lawyers to Illinois politicians and judges topped $35.25 million during the past 15 years."... Read More

  5. In the News Today - August 11, 2016

    August 11, 2016 | News and Blog

    A federal judge granted State Farm summary judgment in three Texas hail cases, dismissing all claims asserted by the plaintiffs. Two of the judgments also had fines for contempt issued against local counsel for the plaintiffs.... Read More

  6. ILR Urges Illinois Governor to Veto Unclaimed Property Bill

    August 03, 2016 | News and Blog

    The Sangamon Sun, which covers the Springfield, IL region, reported on a letter sent by ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, asking the governor to veto the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act (HB 4633). ... Read More

  7. In the News Today -- August 2, 2016

    August 02, 2016 | News and Blog

    Since 2013, a Madison County, IL associate judge's annual statements of economic interest at the Illinois Supreme Court have disclosed "litigation relationships" with a number of asbestos plaintiffs' firms.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - July 29, 2016

    July 29, 2016 | News and Blog

    U.K.-based litigation funder Burford Capital once again announced that it has surpassed previous earnings, reporting $52.8 million in first-half profits after taxes.... Read More

  9. Troubling 'Unclaimed Property' Bill Sits on Illinois Governor's Desk

    July 25, 2016 | News and Blog

    Legislation currently sitting on the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, would require "life insurance companies to make an effort to track down beneficiaries of unclaimed policies, contracts and accounts when they know the policyholder has died," reports Madison - St. Clair Record. ... Read More

  10. IL Media Highlights Business Climate Index that Includes ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Ranking Survey

    July 19, 2016 | News and Blog

    A new business climate ranking index that includes ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Ranking Survey results has Illinois, not surprisingly, ranked in the bottom five, reports the Sangamon Sun.... Read More