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Illinois's state court system is large, but is relatively simple in structure. In Illinois, Circuit Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over juvenile, criminal, domestic relations, small claims, traffic, and civil cases. The Illinois the Appellate Court hears civil, criminal, and some administrative agency appeals. The Illinois Supreme Court is the state's highest court and handles appeals from the state's appellate courts.

You can view the Illinois's Supreme Court's docket at Although most Illinois court records are public record, each county sets their own policies regarding how to review or obtain copies of any Illinois court documents. Some counties have an online database where basic case information can be viewed, while others require that you submit a request in writing, or go the courthouse during regular business hours to get copies. You can find contact information for each of the Illinois state courts at on the Illinois Courts website at The Illinois Courts website also provides an extensive amount of other information, including copies of court opinions, court rules, information for jurors, and a number of self-help forms for those who have cases in Illinois state courts.
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With a goal of reducing the state's prison population by 25 percent, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order Wednesday creating a task force to recommend ways of revamping the state's criminal justice system.Called the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, the task force is supposed to study things such as ensuring prison sentences are in line with the ...
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12, Oct 2014 - New initiative to educate voters in upcoming judicial elections
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( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ) A nine-month-long, randomized controlled trial involving 221 prepubescent children found that those who engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day after school saw substantial improvements in their ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between cognitive tasks, researchers report in the journal ...
12, Oct 2014 - Henry, IL IDOC investigation prompts state prison warden to retire
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12, Oct 2014 - Henry, IL Investigation prompts Dixon prison warden to retire
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12, Oct 2014 - Williamson, IL Murder trial in toddler's death starts Tuesday
Jury selection in a retrial of a Herrin woman accused of murdering her 3-­year-­old daughter in 2008 is set to start Tuesday in Williamson County court.A new murder trial for 24­-year-­old Karrae Starr was ordered two years ago by the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon after overturning a 2010 conviction.A jury had found Starr guilty of first­-degree murder but [...]
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