The Illinois Civil Justice League has produced a 26-page study entitled "Litigation Imbalance: The Need For Venue Reform In Illinois" (PDF). It documents the tendency of three counties in the populous state (Cook, Madison and St. Clair) to attract far more than their share of major civil litigation. In addition to marshaling statistics which indicate that the venue-shopping phenomenon is worsening with time, and providing the expected wealth of information on Madison County, the study suggests that the plaintiff's bar has been cultivating some additional counties as friendly territory, including Peoria County, the only highly litigious county in central Illinois, as well as a cluster of counties toward the southern end of the state.
Illinois venue-shopping: a study
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