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First woman on Illinois Supreme Court will retire this summer

Justice Mary Ann McMorrow (state photo)


Springfield, Ill – The first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court will retire this summer.

Seventy-six-year-old Mary Ann McMorrow was elected to the Supreme Court in 1992. She served a three-year term as chief justice, making her the first woman to head any branch of Illinois government.

The Chicago Democrat's retirement takes effect July 5. A court spokesman said she plans to step down to pursue personal and professional interests.

McMorrow was the only woman to graduate from law school at Loyola University in 1953, and she became the first woman to prosecute major felony cases in Cook County.

McMorrow was elected a circuit judge in Cook County in 1976 and then joined the Illinois Appellate Court in 1985.


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