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When researching an Illinois legal issue you must consider all possible forms of "the law" - cases, statutes, and administrative rules and regulations - that may apply.  This guide presents sources for finding all 3 types of those primary authorities.  Useful secondary sources for understanding Illinois law are also included.

This guide does not include specific instructions for researching in particular legal topical areas.  If you need help researching a particular topic (e.g. Child Law) within Illinois law, please consider consulting one of our topical research guides as well.

Access to some of the electronic resources included in this guide is limited to users who have a valid Loyola ID and password; access to other resources is restricted to the law school community only.

Primary Sources - Quick Links

These are a few free web options for finding Illinois primary authorities.  Click the yellow Web Resources tab, above, for more free web options for Illinois law.

NOTE: On May 31, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a new citation rule applicable to Illinois case law.  The new rule took effect on July 1, 2011.  Read more about it here:

  • Illinois Court Opinions
    This Illinois Courts page contains links to full-text opinions issued by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. Look for the "opinions" links in the Quick Links frame to the left of the screen.
  • Illinois Compiled Statutes
    The Illinois General Assembly is Illinois' state legislative body. This portion of its website contains a chapter-by-chapter version of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS), which contain the statutory laws of Illinos. NOTE: Although very convenient to use for research, this is not considered an "official" version of Illinois' statutes.
  • Illinois Administrative Code
    This site, from the Illlinois General Assembly's Joint Committe on Administrative Rules (JCAR), contains the best free representation of the Illinois Administrative Code. The Code contains rules and regulations and other materials issued by Illinois administrative agencies.

Structure of Illinois Legal System

See the following links to learn more about the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of the Illinois legal system.

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