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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Two major credit houses aren't overly worried about an Illinois judge tossing out a pension overhaul designed to close a $100 billion deficit, but neither is thrilled with the state's financial condition.
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25, Nov 2014 - Monroe, IL 61-year-old Elkville man sentenced to prison for burgalry
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25, Nov 2014 - Macon, IL Judging the judges
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25, Nov 2014 - Chicago, IL Judge: No release for Illinois man in terror case
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25, Nov 2014 - Marion, IL Federal inmate accused of attacking prison worker
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25, Nov 2014 - Mclean, IL Illinois man gets 285 years for sex assaults
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25, Nov 2014 - IDOC explains plans to treat mentally ill inmates
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(11/20) An employer covered by a labor agreement fired a union employee and then argued the matter wasn't subject to arbitration. Read on to see what the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin—thought of that argument.
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