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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, Jan 2015 - McDonald's CEO Don Thompson Steps Down
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31, Jan 2015 - State's lawyers argue pension protection not 'absolute'
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31, Jan 2015 - Washington, IL Three get prison time for fake credit card scam
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31, Jan 2015 - Hometown, IL Federal trial postponed in Illinois needles-in-meat case
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A jobless 68-year-old man's federal trial on charges he inserted sewing needles as booby traps into packaged supermarket meats in his southwestern Illinois hometown has been postponed indefinitely until his mental competency can be tested.
31, Jan 2015 - Christian, IL Vermont man convicted of lying about Bosnian war crimes role - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
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31, Jan 2015 - Illinois government worker pension system remains big issue for Rauner
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - In a story Jan. 14 about a court ruling in the case of three former Penn State administrators, The Associated Press reported erroneously which defendants two lawyers represent. Caroline Roberto represents Tim Curley, not Gary Schultz.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A coalition of 14 news organizations wants a federal appeals court to allow porn publisher Larry Flynt to join a lawsuit seeking to force Missouri to disclose more details of its execution methods.
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