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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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11, Feb 2015 - Will, IL Rauner forms commission to study criminal justice system
With a goal of reducing the state's prison population by 25 percent, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order Wednesday creating a task force to recommend ways of revamping the state's criminal justice system.Called the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, the task force is supposed to study things such as ensuring prison sentences are in line with the ...
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court halted the execution scheduled Wednesday of a Texas prisoner whose attorneys say is too delusional to be put to death.
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DIXON -- The warden of Dixon Correctional Center has retired in the wake of an Illinois Department of Corrections investigation of her for protocol violations, officials said.The investigation of Nedra Chandler began Sept. 19, the same day Sterling police arrested registered sex offender Robert L. Swon at her home.Corrections department spokesman Tom Shaer said  [...]
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12, Oct 2014 - Ceremony rededicates renovated Illinois Supreme Court building
Illinois Supreme Court justices and guests officially rededicated the newly renovated headquarters of the state's judicial branch during a Tuesday evening ceremony.The main chamber of the building was packed with Supreme Court justices, local, state and federal judges, state lawmakers and attorneys for the event honoring the renovation of the 106-year-old building at Second Street and Capitol ...
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12, Oct 2014 - $10 billion cigarette ruling headed back to Illinois Supreme Court
A $10.1 billion class-action judgment against Philip Morris USA is headed back to the Illinois Supreme Court, nearly a decade after the same court threw out the verdict.
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MARION -- Former Williamson County State's Attorney Chuck Garnati has been disciplined by the Illinois Supreme Court.
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