Garman Chosen as Ill. Supreme Court Chief Justice
Garman Chosen as Ill. Supreme Court Chief Justice

Justice Rita Garman will be the Illinois Supreme Court’s next chief justice.

The 69-year-old Danville Republican’s selection was announced Thursday by the seven-member court. She will take over Oct. 26 from Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride.

Kilbride’s three-year term was highlighted by technological advances including allowing a pilot project for cameras in trial courtrooms.

Garman was appointed in 2001 to replace a retiring justice. She was elected to a 10-year term in 2002 and retained in 2012.

She’s been a judge since 1974 — the longest-serving woman judge in Illinois and the next-to-longest overall.

She says she will continue Kilbride’s technology initiatives. She also is interested in children’s issues — recommending that the court establish a committee to ensure custody cases focus on the needs of children involved.