State Employees Knowledge of An Accident

In past cases this Court has rejected the argument that if some State employees had knowledge of the accident, which they often do, the statutory notice requirement was met even if no notice was filed. (Thomas v. State (1961), 24 Ill. Ct. Cl. 137; Munch v. State (1966), 25 Ill. Ct. Cl. 313; Bodine v. State (1983), 35 Ill. Ct. Cl. 777.) There is an operative distinction between State employees knowing that an accident occurred and the filing of suit based upon an accident. The supreme court has recognized that filing in another court may satisfy the notice requirement of the Court of Claims. (Williams v. Medical Center Commission (1975), 60 Ill. 2d 389).