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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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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 ...
18, Dec 2014 - Washington, IL Durbin 'overjoyed' Gross is home; Roskam questions shift in U.S.-Cuba ties
Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday he was “overjoyed” to be welcoming home Alan Gross, the U.S. citizen held five years in a Cuban prison, but a senior Republican in the Illinois congressional delegation criticized the release of Cuban spies in return.
08, Dec 2014 - Appeals court halts Texas execution - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
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.
12, Oct 2014 - Upcoming chamber-music performace is old hat for the Gunns
Nathan and Julie will present a 20-minute program during a ceremony tonight marking recent renovations of the century-old Illinois Supreme Court. CHAMPAIGN — Seven years ago, world-renowned baritone Nathan Gunn and his piano-accompanist wife, Julie, performed at a musicale at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Champaign couple had been invited by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an opera fan who'd heard ...
12, Oct 2014 - Whiteside, IL Veteran Illinois prison warden quits one day after I-Team expose
Dixon Correctional Center warden Nedra Chandler has quit the post she held since 2005 just 24 hours after the ABC 7 I-Team reported she was living in a house with a convicted sexual predator.
12, Oct 2014 - Illinois Supreme Court to hear appeal over reinstatement of $10B verdict in cigarette lawsuit
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12, Oct 2014 - Judge rules in Alaska Native voting rights case - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sp
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with limited English.
12, Oct 2014 - Trial of Texas doctor accused in poisoning begins - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas oncologist was obsessed with and had a "fatal attraction" to her fellow physician lover, whose rejection prompted her to poison him by lacing his coffee with ethylene glycol, prosecutors said Monday as her aggravated assault trial began.
12, Oct 2014 - Mom charged in son's 1991 murder is due in court - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri New
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12, Oct 2014 - Vienna, IL Federal judges may visit southern Illinois prison
Two federal judges may visit a southern Illinois prison as they work on a class-action lawsuit that inmates brought about overcrowding, according to court documents.
12, Oct 2014 - Judicial reformer Lockwood awarded by Illinois Judges Association
HERRIN -- Brocton Lockwood refused to do what the "crooks" wanted him to do.
12, Oct 2014 - Salem, IL Massachusetts teen's lawyer seeks police messages - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A lawyer for the Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher is questioning the timeline given by authorities about the discovery of the victim's body.
12, Oct 2014 - Bureau, IL Dominic gets prison sentence
PRINCETON — A LaSalle woman was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 2 felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, heroin.
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