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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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18, Dec 2014 - Court hears Joliet reporter's appeal of penalty for not revealing source
The Chicago Tribune Media Group's Southtown Star is reporting that an Illinois court heard arguments in an appeal by a Joliet reporter who was found in contempt of court in 2013 for refusing to give the name of his source in a double murder case.
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17, Dec 2014 - Reporter does not have to reveal source in murder stories, court rules
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas mortician whose conviction for killing a rich widow and storing her body in a freezer inspired the movie "Bernie" was granted a new sentencing hearing Wednesday, after the state's highest court agreed that his life prison sentence may be overly harsh.
17, Dec 2014 - Trial begins for guard in NYC inmate's 2012 death - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City jail guard accused of ignoring the pleas of a dying Rikers Island inmate in 2012 after he swallowed a toxic soap ball in a now-closed solitary confinement cell for mentally ill inmates is set to go on trial in federal court.
17, Dec 2014 - Lawrenceville, IL Ga. judge OKs prosecution in infant starvation - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Spo
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A judge in suburban Atlanta on Friday ruled there is enough evidence against a man and his 23-year-old daughter accused in the starvation death of the man's baby daughter to allow them to be prosecuted.
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MIAMI (AP) - Six prisoners from Guantanamo Bay have been transferred to Uruguay, the U.S. government said Sunday, announcing a resettlement deal that had been delayed for months by security concerns in the Pentagon and political considerations in the South American country.
17, Dec 2014 - Wheeling, IL Case highlighted in podcast moves through appeal - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, S
BALTIMORE (AP) - A 15-year-old murder case that landed a popular teenager from Baltimore County behind bars for life is being revived in a podcast that offers more questions than answers about the crime and its fallout.
17, Dec 2014 - Unions, retirees sue to block Chicago pension changes
A group of Chicago labor unions and retirees filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Illinois' Cook County Circuit Court seeking to void a law aimed at shoring up funding for two of the city's public pension systems. ...
17, Dec 2014 - Escaped Indiana prison inmate captured on University of Illinois campus
Police say an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security federal prison in Indiana has been arrested on the University of Illinois' campus.
17, Dec 2014 - Court reinstates suit against Saban's daughter - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is reinstating a lawsuit filed against the daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
17, Dec 2014 - Peoria, IL Illinois man accused of killing wife skips trial
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – A man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife has opted not to participate in his trial. The Peoria Journal Star reports the decision Monday means no one will be sitting at the defense table for 47-year-old Clarence Thomas, who is acting as his own attorney. The jury has only heard […]
17, Dec 2014 - Preckwinkle calls for end to automatic transfers of minors to adult court
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will call Friday for an end to the practice in Illinois of automatically transferring juveniles to adult court if they are charged with certain serious crimes.
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17, Dec 2014 - Cook, IL 20 years in prison for drug courier
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