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Illinois Appellate Court Clerks & Contact Information

Steven M. Ravid Thomas D. Palella
First District Appellate Court

Robert J. Mangan Jeffrey H. Kaplan
Second District Appellate Court

Jeffrey H. Kaplan obtained his bachelor’s degree with distinction at the University of Michigan and his law degree with high honors at George Washington University.  After practicing law at Legal Services of Southcentral Michigan, he joined the Second District Appellate Court.  He served the court as a research staff attorney, a judicial clerk, and the director of research.  In 2020, he was appointed as clerk of the court. 

Barbara Trumbo Matthew G. Butler
Third District Appellate Court


Carla Bender

Carla Bender
Fourth District Appellate Court

Carla Bender was born December 27,1959 in Lincoln, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies and Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois. Prior to being elected Clerk of the Circuit Court in Logan County in 1992, she was a Probation officer and later a Field Coordinator in the Probation Division of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts. Ms. Bender served four terms as Circuit Court Clerk in Logan County until she was appointed Clerk of the Fourth District Appellate Court during the first year of her fifth term in 2009. She and her husband have two children.

John J. Flood

John J. Flood
Fifth District Appellate Court

John J. Flood was born in Chicago in 1953 and educated at Eastern Illinois University (B.A.) and Southern Illinois University (J.D.). After law school, he was in private practice for six years before joining the Fifth District Appellate Court in 1984, where he served as a staff attorney for 25 years. In July 2009, he was appointed Clerk of the Court. He and his wife, Joan, have three children.



1st District Appellate
Clerk's Office

160 North LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 793-5484
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30

2nd District Appellate
Clerk's Office

Appellate Court Building
55 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 695-3750
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30

3rd District Appellate
Clerk's Office
1004 Columbus Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 434-5050
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30

4th District Appellate
Clerk's Office
201 West Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 782-2586
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30

5th District Appellate
Clerk's Office
14th & Main Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 242-3120
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30