The Court of Claims, hereinafter called the court, is created. It shall consist of 7 judges, who are attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, to be appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed chief justice. In case of vacancy in such office during the recess of the Senate, the Governor shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the Senate, when he shall nominate some person to fill such office. If the Senate is not in session at the time this Act takes effect, the Governor shall make temporary appointments as in case of vacancy.
705 ILCS 505/1