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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 http://www.state.il.us/court/SupremeCourt/Docket/default.asp. 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 http://www.state.il.us/court/default.asp. 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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26, Mar 2015 - Will, IL Americans' trial in Indonesia delayed after baby gets sick - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Mi
BALI, Indonesia (AP) - The trial of an American couple accused of killing the woman's mother in Indonesia adjourned after their newborn baby fell ill in prison, a prosecutor and a doctor said Thursday.
26, Mar 2015 - Sangamon, IL Illinois Supreme Court to hear arguments on pension law
The Illinois Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of a new state law that would reduce retirement benefits for state employees. At stake is Illinois’ unpaid pension obligations, which have risen to above $100 billion, in addition to the pension benefits that individual state employees’ say that they’ve been promised through their years of work. The ...
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26, Mar 2015 - US citizen charged in Sydney with bribery over bank contract - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
SYDNEY (AP) - A U.S. citizen who was recently a senior executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia pleaded not guilty in a Sydney court Wednesday to charges that he accepted bribes to award a contract to a U.S. information technology firm.
26, Mar 2015 - Union, IL Report: 1 in 10 state employees tops $100K pay
CHICAGO — One in every 10 Illinois state employees earned more than $100,000 last year, with more than 100 workers doubling their pay with overtime or compensatory time, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.The employees included judges, prison guards and nurses, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which cited public records in its report. The newspaper reports that 682 workers made ...
26, Mar 2015 - State faces skepticism from Illinois justices on landmark pension law
Lawyers for the state and public employees faced off this afternoon before the Illinois Supreme Court, debating the constitutionality of a 2013 law aimed at curbing retiree pension benefits in an effort to deal with the state's worst-in-the-nation unfunded retirement liability.
26, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL BofA must face Chicago-area predatory lending lawsuit
A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages. In a decision dated Thursday, U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago said Cook County could pursue allegations that the bank steered minority borrowers into an outsized number ...
26, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Bank of America must face Chicago-area predatory lending lawsuit
A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages.
26, Mar 2015 - Appeals court hears arguments on Maryland gun-control law - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missour
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The sweeping gun-control law Maryland enacted after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre impermissibly bans firearms that people commonly keep in their homes for self-defense, a lawyer for gun-rights advocates told a federal appeals court Wednesday.
26, Mar 2015 - Bolingbrook, IL Drew Peterson accused of trying to put hit on Illinois prosecutor James Glasgow
Drew Peterson is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, who was the lead prosecutor during Peterson's murder trial.
26, Mar 2015 - Caregiver sentenced in death of man left outside for hours - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missou
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - A caregiver in Georgia has been found guilty of murder in the death of a developmentally disabled man who was left outside for 10 hours in subfreezing temperatures.
26, Mar 2015 - FBI: Autopsy report days away in hanging of Mississippi man - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Misso
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) - The body of a black man found hanging in a tree in Mississippi has been sent from a state crime lab to a funeral home, but the FBI said it will be days before autopsy results are complete.
26, Mar 2015 - Indian police arrest 2 suspects in gang rape of elderly nun - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Misso
KOLKATA, India (AP) - Police arrested two suspects Thursday in the gang rape of an elderly nun in a missionary school this month in a crime that focused attention on the scourge of sexual violence in India despite tough anti-rape laws introduced two years ago.
26, Mar 2015 - Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has stepped out of a federal prison in Alabama and now goes to a halfway house to complete a 2013 sentence for spending hundreds of thousands in campaign money on personal items. WLS in Chicago reports: "The Jackson entourage, consisting of his father, Reverend Jesse Jackson; his wife, Sandi Jackson; and the former congressman's two children, arrived at ...
26, Mar 2015 - Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Leaves Prison
Shielded from reporters, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Thursday morning walked out of a Montgomery, Alabama prison en route to a halfway house.
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