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Garman Officially Named Illinois Supreme Court Justice

In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita R. Garman questions an attorney during oral arguments in Chicago.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita R. Garman questions an attorney during oral arguments in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

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

The 69-year-old Danville Republican was chosen unanimously 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.

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