Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2019 FY 2018
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Acquisitions and Preservation $ 1,526.8 3.0 $ 990.0 2.6
Totals $ 1,526.8 3.0 $ 990.0 2.6

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative

The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission was created in 2007 (705 ILCS 17) to assist and advise the Supreme Court in acquiring, collecting, preserving, and cataloging documents, artifacts, and information relating to the Illinois judiciary. The Commission seeks to accomplish its work in partnership with historical and cultural institutions; bar associations; universities and colleges; law schools; and federal, state, and local agencies.

In fiscal year 2019, the Commission regained full funding and was able to rehire laid-off employees. The major project for the Commission was the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the judicial branch. Working with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, the Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission (1) created a traveling exhibit that visited nine communities across the state; (2) published a 340-page book containing biographies of all 117 justices who have sat on the Supreme Court; (3) produced a promotional video that highlighted the Commission’s History on Trial series; (4) worked with counties all over Illinois to identify historic cases and to present talks or exhibits in those counties; (5) held a gala to celebrate the bicentennial; and (6) created small publications for the judiciary.

With the conclusion of the bicentennial, the Commission has begun planning for the next few years with a new installment of History on Trial, a Judicial Learning Center, and conservation of archival Supreme Court case files.