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Illinois Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    Illinois Courts Bulletin … [Illinois State Bar Ass’n] — “The Illinois Courts Bulletin is the ISBA’s monthly compendium of Illinois supreme, appellate, and seventh-circuit case summaries, organized by subject matter … .”
    Illinois Court Reports: Summaries of Illinois Supreme and Appellate Court Opinions … [Illinois Judges Ass’n / Laurence J. Dunford (Ill.)] — This is a free e-mail service.
    U.S. District Court Decisions — Central District … A few opinions are available in PDF files.


Illinois Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Ill. Const.)

  2. Bills

    See also the Illinois General Assembly web site.
  3. Public Acts of Illinois (Ill. Pub. Acts)
  4. Illinois Compiled Statutes (Ill. Comp. Stat.)
    Note—Before 1997, Illinois statutory citations were to the unofficial Illinois Revised Statutes (Ill. Rev. Stat.) and Smith-Hurd Illinois Annotated Statutes (Ill. Ann. Stat.) by chapter and paragraph. See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.


Illinois Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. State Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. U.S. Court Rules

    Note—Local rules for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois are in a PDF file. There are no local rules for the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois; the local rules of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure apply.
  3. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules


Illinois Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations

    The current issue of the Illinois Register is accessible on a separate page. See also links to various Administrative Code indexes and tables (including indexes and tables for the Illinois Register).
  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Additional Resources
    ¶ Register contents … [Illinois Secretary of State] — Links to archived issues of the Illinois Register from 2004 to the present.
    Office of Banks and Real Estate Regulations … Assorted regulations from the Administrative Code, Title 2 (Parts 2300 and 2301), Title 4 (Part 375), Title 38 (Parts 300-399, 500, and 900), and Title 68 (Parts 1260, 1450, and 1455).
    Revenue Department Proposed Rules


Illinois Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Illinois Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Illinois law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property (Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop.)
    2. Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law (Chi.-Kent J. Int'l & Comp. L.)
    3. Chicago-Kent Law Review (Chi.-Kent L. Rev.)
    4. DCBA Brief … [DuPage County Bar Ass’n]
    5. Elder Law Journal (Elder L.J.) … [Univ. of Illinois Coll. of Law]
    6. Illinois Law Review (Ill. L. Rev.)
    7. John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law (J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L.)
    8. John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law (J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L.)
    9. Journal of Law & Economics (J. L. & Econ.) … [Univ. of Chicago Law Sch.]
    10. Journal of Legal Studies (J. Legal Stud.) … [Univ. of Chicago Law Sch.]
    11. Loyola Consumer Law Review (Loy. Consumer L. Rev.)
    12. Loyola International Law Review (Loy. Int'l L. Rev.) …Formerly titled Loyola Forum of International Law.
    13. Loyola Law Journal (Loy. L.J.)
    14. National Law Review (Nat’l L. Rev.) … [National Law Forum LLC]
    15. Northern Illinois University Law Review (N. Ill. U. L. Rev.)
    16. Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property (Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop.)
    17. Southern Illinois University Law Journal (S. Ill. U. L.J.)
    18. Technology Law … Monthly column written for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by a Highland Park attorney.
    19. State Bar Association — Legislative Bulletin … Weekly legislative news of interest to ISBA members, during legislative sessions.


    Other Illinois Commentary

    1. Attorney General — Publications
    2. Revenue Department — Publications


    Illinois Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Illinois Court Information

    Note—Each county has a circuit court, which is the court of general jurisdiction. Counties are organized into judicial circuits (the Cook County Judicial Circuit and 22 numbered circuits) and five appellate districts. See a map of the judicial circuits and a map of the appellate districts. See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers


    Illinois Forms

    1. Supreme Court Standard Forms of Interrogatories … [Illinois State Bar Ass’n] — These are downloadable forms of interrogatories (approved by the Illinois Supreme Court) for use in motor vehcile cases, matrimonial cases, medical malpractice cases.

    2. Circuit Court Forms
    3. Cook County Circuit Court
    4. Lake County Circuit Court
    5. U.S. District Court Forms
    6. Central District Forms
    7. Northern District Forms
    8. Revenue Department — Tax Forms

    9. Securities Department — Forms

    10. Powers of Attorney and Health Care Forms
    11. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.

      Additional Resources
      ¶ Secretary of State — Business Services … Gateway to pages of official information and links to official forms useful to Illinois businesses.


    Other Illinois Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Canada in Chicago

    6. Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago • Consulado General de México en Chicago


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. State Bar Association — Legal Resources … Information on various legal topics. See also links to consumer information and pamphlets provided by the attorney general’s staff.

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Illinois Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Illinois law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Illinois.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Illinois Legal Aid … [Illinois Technology Center for Law & the Public Interest] — “If you need legal help you can find information about your legal rights and responsibilities, referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, and forms and instructions for representing yourself.”
      2. Illinois Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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