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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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31, Oct 2014 - Lee, IL Illinois woman sentenced in VA pension fraud case
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Federal officials say a 54-year-old Cahokia woman has been sentenced to three months in prison and paying back more than $70,000 she's accused of stealing in pension benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mary Lee Owns must also serve three ...
31, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Prosecutors free Alstory Simon in pivotal Illinois death penalty case
A man was freed from prison Thursday after Cook County prosecutors threw out a double murder conviction that is linked to one of Illinois’ most pivotal death penalty cases. Alstory Simon confessed to killing two people on the South Side in 1982. His 11th hour confession in 1999 may have saved the life of Anthony […]
31, Oct 2014 - Marion, IL Woman accused in daughter's death on trial for second time
MARION - A southern Illinois woman accused of killing her three-year-old daughter six years ago will stand trial for a second time.
31, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
CHICAGO — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible.Alstory Simon's confession gained international attention in 1999, largely because of an investigation by a journalism professor ...
31, Oct 2014 - Conviction In Landmark 1982 Double Murder Case Vacated
In a stunning announcement, a Cook County Judge granted prosecutors’ requests to vacate the conviction of Alstory Simon in a 1982 double homicide that exposed flaws in the criminal justice system and eventually led to Illinois abolishing the death penalty. [ more › ]
31, Oct 2014 - Dupage, IL 9-year sentence for supplying fatal heroin dose
A 34-year-old Illinois woman has been sentenced to nine years in prison for supplying a deadly dose of heroin to a friend.
31, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Illinois releases prisoner, bringing wrongful conviction full circle
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case went full circle on Thursday when authorities freed a man sentenced for a 1982 double murder and said they believe another man exonerated 15 years ago is probably the murderer after all.
31, Oct 2014 - Champaign, IL Illinois veteran sentenced to 10 years for shooting
CHAMPAIGN - A central Illinois veteran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with a shooting that occurred in 2012.
31, Oct 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 […]
31, Oct 2014 - Inmate punches Illinois judge in the head
An Illinois judge is in the hospital after an inmate punched him in the head in the middle of the courtroom.
31, Oct 2014 - Bureau, IL Former Judge Ciavarella Transferred to Oklahoma Facility
A key player in the so-called “Kids for Cash” scandal in Luzerne County has been transferred. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella had been at a federal correctional institution in Illinois since September 2011. According to the US Bureau of Prisons inmate locator, Ciavarella is now at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. […]
31, Oct 2014 - Testy Illinois governor race holds no cure for state finances
Whichever candidate wins the pitched battle for Illinois governor on Tuesday faces the prospect that the state supreme court next year could toss hard-fought changes to the woefully underfunded state pension system. Neither incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn nor wealthy Republican private equity investor Bruce Rauner has revealed a workable "Plan B" to strengthen the pension system, the ...
31, Oct 2014 - Murphysboro, IL Former high school band director's trial postponed
The trial of a former southern Illinois high school's band director accused of taking inappropriate photographs of a 14-year-old girl at a thrift store has been delayed.
31, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Prosecutors free Illinois man in pivotal death-penalty case
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