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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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23, Nov 2014 - Will, IL Former IL man sentenced to more than 50 years for sex crime involving child
Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds says a former southern Illinois man has been sentenced to more than 50 years for sex crimes.
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Another 1,874 men and women Thursday became part of a profession in Illinois that for most promises a shrinking job market and the guarantee of a mountain of education debt.But being an attorney also brings great rewards that make the three years of law school and accompanying debt worth the struggle, those who took the oath in Springfield say.Sixty new attorneys were granted their law licenses ...
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23, Nov 2014 - Will, IL Billings man sentenced for kidnapping, murder
BILLINGS - One of two Billings men responsible for the 2013 kidnapping and murder of an Illinois man learned Wednesday he will spend four decades in prison.
23, Nov 2014 - Madison, IL Prosecutor backs Illinois inmate's clemency bid
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The prosecutor of a man serving a 90-year prison sentence for a 1992 southwestern Illinois shooting that killed his former girlfriend and wounded her boyfriend is lobbying for the inmate's clemency bid.
23, Nov 2014 - Man gets 40 years prison in grandmother's death
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after admitting his role in the beating and stabbing death of his 84-year-old adoptive grandmother.
23, Nov 2014 - Washington, IL Ex-prison guard admits to having sex with inmate
A former Illinois prison guard has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting she had sexual relations with an inmate.
23, Nov 2014 - Washington, IL Former guard gets probation for having sexual relations with an inmate
BELLEVILLE, Ill. ( – A former prison guard at the Southwestern Illinois Correction Center in Washington Park had sex with a male inmate and got two years of probation as a punishment.
23, Nov 2014 - Cook, IL Prisoner freed after recanting confession ‘angry’
JACKSONVILLE, IL (AP) – A man released from a central Illinois prison after recanting a confession to a 1982 double murder says he’s angry with those he alleges coerced his admission of guilt. A judge ordered Alstory Simon’s release Thursday after Cook County prosecutors re-examined the case. Simon’s initial confession led to the release in […]
23, Nov 2014 - Peoria, IL N.J. man caught with drugs on way to Illinois music festival gets 9 years in prison, report says
Milan Matarazzo, 22, of Whitehouse Station, was driving to a music festival in Chillicothe, Ill. when officers from a drug enforcement task force stopped him in May 2013, the Journal Star in Peoria, Ill. reported.
23, Nov 2014 - Will, IL Billings man who posed as law enforcement sentenced for kidnapping and murder
BILLINGS - One of two Billings men responsible for the 2013 kidnapping and murder of an Illinois man, learned Wednesday he will spend four decades in prison.
23, Nov 2014 - Washington, IL Washington Looting Conviction
Nearly one year after the tornadoes tore through the town of Washington, a central Illinois woman is convicted of felony looting. Ayron Casey of eureka now faces up to 3 years in prison After she collected items from the yard of a retired couple whose Washington home was destroyed by a tornado. ...
23, Nov 2014 - Coles, IL United Way of Coles County: CUP Prison Support Program
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23, Nov 2014 - Coles, IL Man gets 20 years in prison for stealing vehicle
CHARLESTON -- A judge Thursday ordered a 20-year prison sentence for a man who attacked another man and stole a pickup truck from the 69-year-old Coles County resident during a run from a shooting in southern Illinois.
23, Nov 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 […]
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