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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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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois prison officials will be using an effective, but costly, new drug to treat inmates with hepatitis C. But they aren't sure of the total cost.
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24, Apr 2014 - Menard, IL Illinois Prison on Lockdown for Two Days
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State's capital punishment shifted from hanging to electrocution to lethal injection to a belief it's best not to do it at all. 
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24, Apr 2014 - Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
24, Apr 2014 - James Holmes' attorneys appeal sanity exam order - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri New
DENVER (AP) - Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are appealing a judge's order requiring a second sanity evaluation to the state's Supreme Court.
24, Apr 2014 - Ex-ISU president enters court plea
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24, Apr 2014 - Menard, IL Southern Illinois prison remains on lockdown
MENARD, Ill. -- Menard prison in southern Illinois remained on lockdown Monday.
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