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The new chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court is taking office today. 

Justice Rita Garman was unanimously elected by her colleagues to the seven-member court.

She is the first of the state's top jurists to serve in virtually every judicial capacity on the circuit, appellate and Supreme courts.

Garman is the 119th chief justice and the second woman to hold the post.  She has been a judge since 1974 and begn her legal career with the Vermilion County Legal Aid Society.

She's replacing Justice Thomas Kilbride who served three years as chief justice. He resumes his associate justice post.

  

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