Lloyd A. Karmeier

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State Farm Insurance is settling a class action conspiracy suit for $250 million. At stake if the matter Hale vs. State Farm had proceeded to trial was $10 billion.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier is sworn in as the high court's 120th chief justice.

An installation ceremony took place Monday at the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield. He will be the chief administrative officer of the state's judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois.

Karmeier was unanimously chosen by his peers. He is replacing Justice Rita Garman, who is finishing a three-year term as chief justice. 

Karmeier has served on the Supreme Court since 2004.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been selected by his peers on the state's highest court to be its next chief justice.

The state Supreme Court on Monday announced Karmeier's unanimous selection to a three-year term beginning Oct. 26.

He will be the chief administrative officer of the state's judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois.

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There's only one Illinois Supreme Court Justice on the ballot this November. Some high-dollar contributors are hoping they can remove him from office--which has never happened before.

Justice Lloyd Karmeier fought hard to get on the state's high court a decade ago. Business interests that want to make it harder to win big money in lawsuits helped get him there.

This time, Karmeier has no opponent. He needs 60-percent of voters in Illinois' southernmost counties to vote "yes" to retain his spot.