Courts in Illinois
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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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25, Oct 2014 - Chase Bank Says Data Breach Affects 83 Million Customers
NEW YORK (AP) — The attorneys general of Illinois and Connecticut will look into a breach of JPMorgan Chase’s computer servers.The office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it will investigate the breach and will work with the office of Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. Jepsen’s office says it has been in touch with JPMorgan since the breach was first disclosed.JPMorgan ...
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(AP) — A former soldier has been sentenced in Illinois to 15 years in federal prison after being accused of robbing a convenience store. In addition to a prison term, Grant has been ordered to pay $10,500 in restitution.
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25, Oct 2014 - Union, IL Eldorado couple sentenced for bankruptcy fraud
A couple from Eldorado, Illinois has been sentenced for bankruptcy fraud.
25, Oct 2014 - Madison, IL Man shot during Illinois break-in pleads guilty
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ A man shot by a southwestern Illinois woman after he broke in to her home has pleaded guilty to home invasion. Joshua Jewell of Troy entered the plea in Madison County court before going on trial this week for the 2013 break-in. He faced six to 30 years in prison before […]
25, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Inmate serving sentence for child sex abuse dies
Philip Helfand, 62, an inmate at Dixon Correctional Center, died at University of Illinois Hospital at 10:14 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. In May 2006, Helfand was convicted in a Lake County court of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a person younger than 13 and possessing child pornography, according to the IDOC website.
25, Oct 2014 - Bond, IL Webb sentenced to 14 years in fatal DUI
A Bloomington woman was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday in the alcohol-related death of a 22-year-old Illinois State University student.
25, Oct 2014 - Group pushes for contingency talks in case pension reform thrown out
Ty Fahner hopes the Illinois Supreme Court eventually upholds the pension-reform law the Legislature passed 10 months ago. But the former Illinois attorney general wants lawmakers to be prepared in case the Supreme Court throws out the law. CHICAGO — Ty Fahner hopes the Illinois Supreme Court eventually upholds the pension-reform law the Legislature passed 10 months ago. read more
24, Oct 2014 - Macon, IL Illinois man gets 11 years for burning 1-year-old
A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for spraying oven cleaner on a 1-year-old boy and severely burning him.
24, Oct 2014 - The latest in the Steven Salaita saga
Nearly three weeks after the University of Illinois Board of Trustees rejected his appointment to the faculty, Steven Salaita and his lawyers appear closer to taking legal action against the UI. Nearly three weeks after the University of Illinois Board of Trustees rejected his appointment to the faculty, Salaita and his lawyers appear closer to taking legal action against the UI. "We're getting ...
24, Oct 2014 - Archivists find Menard County’s first census
PETERSBURG — The original 1840 Menard County census — the first state census to include the newly created Menard County — has been discovered along with other early papers in a county vault across the street from the Menard County Courthouse.Menard County officials, working with the Illinois State Archives, found the handwritten, 27-page document that lists some people involved in Abraham ...
24, Oct 2014 - Will, IL Former southern IL pastor won't go to prison for accused crime
A former southern Illinois pastor accused of sexually abusing a child will not go to prison for the alleged crime.
24, Oct 2014 - Will, IL Illinois man sentenced for hacking US Navy, other victims
A Salem, Ill., community college student has been sentenced to two years in prison for hacking the U.S. Navy, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and over 50 other computer systems.
24, Oct 2014 - Baby at center of Amber Alert found safe in Illinois
The eight-month-old girl at the center of an Amber Alert issued Friday morning by Memphis police has been found safe in Illinois, according to sources. The suspects are in Illinois State Police custody.
24, Oct 2014 - Mclean, IL Bloomington woman gets 14 years in fatal DUI
A Bloomington woman who pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a car crash that killed an Illinois State University student has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison.
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