Compiled here is a list of online resources for local government-related legal research in Illinois, with an emphasis on Cook County and the Chicagoland area.

I. Cook County Administration & Resources

II. City of Chicago Resources

III. Collar County Resources

IV. Municipal Codes Online

V. Local Government Resources

I. COOK COUNTY ADMINISTRATION & RESOURCES

A. COOK COUNTY PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Cook County Government

The homepage of Cook County government. Top news and links for County agencies, the County Board of Commissioners, and upcoming events hosted by the County.

Cook County Board of Commissioners

Watch County Board and Forest Preserve District meetings live. View Board meeting details, agenda, and proceedings.

Secretary to the Board of Commissioners

Links to Board meeting live streams, agendas, and video media.

Cook County Legislation

Search for pending and passed legislation and board calendars.

Cook County Forest Preserve

Information about services, locations and budgets.

B. BUDGET

Bureau of Finance

Find links for annual budgets, financial reports, Cook County Bonds, and Requests for Qualifications

Department of Budget and Management Services (DBMS)

Includes links for current budget, executive budget recommendations, and budget archives back to 2002.

 

C. ORDINANCES AND LEGISLATION

Cook County Code of Ordinances

Searchable Code of Ordinances for Cook County, including Zoning Ordinance. Also includes adopted ordinances not yet codified.

Ordinances and Resolutions

Find text of ordinances and resolutions plus Board meeting agendas. Available back to January 2000.

 

D. ELECTED OFFICIALS

Assessor

Taxpayer information, assessment search, exemption information, forms, filing information, appeals and information for senior citizens and disabled veterans. Also includes an online search tool for retrieval of parcel data with G.I.S. pictures of residential and nonresidential properties as well as prior and current assessment values.

Board of Review

Information includes forms, Board of Review rules, current and historical dates and deadlines, filing guides and information on the background of the Board.

Cook County Clerk

  • The Vital Records section has information on how to request vital records.
  • The Suburban Cook County Elections section provides information on where to vote, candidate lists, disclosures and election results.
  • The Real Estate and Tax Services section has information on tax rates, extensions, maps, redemption and a tax FAQ and glossary.
  • The Ethics & Campaign Disclosure section lists disclosure requirements and lobbyist information. Search for Statements of Economic Interest of public officials and employees.
  • The Clerk of the Board section has information about County Board Meetings, ordinances, County Board members, and information about the Board.
  • The News Room has a video library and news section.

Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court

  • Services and Resources - Provides information on email case monitoring for attorneys, finding an attorney, help in recovering child support, domestic violence and teen dating violence, joint simplified dissolution of marriage, statistical information, passport services, expungements/sealing/identity theft, information on access to Cook County adoption records, self-help resources and brochures.
  • Court Forms - Cook County Circuit Court forms. All forms are interactive and fillable. Some include instructions.
  • On-Line Case Information - Online access to the full electronic docket for cases filed in the Civil, Law, Chancery, Probate, and Domestic Relations divisions.
  • Records & Archives - Includes documents from some famous cases online.
  • Free Case Monitoring Service - A free service provided to Cook County attorneys that provides email notification of changes in pending cases.

Circuit Court of Cook County

Chief Judge of the Circuit Court.

The Attorneys/Litigants section has calendars and documentation for the various divisions of the court. The Traffic Section has information on procedures, penalties, DUI, sanctions and an FAQ.

Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Search by grantor/grantee, document number, legal description, property identification number (PIN), trust number or subdivision.

Cook County State's Attorney

Information on domestic violence, mortgage fraud, environmental crimes, seniors and persons with
disabilities, victim' services.

Cook County Sheriff

Search online for inmate information, criminal warrants and child support warrants. Also find information on opiode abuse prevention, how to submit crime tips, civil process service, and evictions, foreclusures and civil process.

Cook County Treasurer

Selected forms, online payment, payment status, duplicate and overpayment, and download brochures in multiple languages.

 

E. AGENCIES

A complete list of Cook County agencies is available.

Selected Agencies:

  • Administrative Hearings - Provides ordinances and rules, online appeals, administrative procedures, forms, hearing locations, and citation payment.
  • Building and Zoning - Search for licensed contractors, zoning classification, and building permit status. Find applications, permit requirements (arranged by type of project), contractor requirements, ordinance and fee schedules.
  • Board of Ethics - Ordinances, regulations & guides, requests for advisory opinion or investigation, and recent advisory opinions and notices of determination.
  • Environmental Control - Information on permits, compliance and inspection, particulate matter, solid waste, solar energy, and Brownfield Program. Also information on new Smart Grid Program.
  • Office of Chief Procurement Officer - Provides Directory of Certified Vendors, regulations, certification application and affidavit, and minority- and women- owned business (MBE/WBE) resources.

 

II. CITY OF CHICAGO RESOURCES

  • City Clerk of Chicago - The City Council's Information on city stickers, licenses, and claims against the city. Journals and Reports includes journals of the City Council, Council meeting reports, city budgets, and executive orders. Journal of the Proceedings of the City Council are available from July 1981 to present.
  • Board of Ethics - Text of ordinance, public disclosure forms, statements of financial interests and lobbyist information.
  • Chicago Landmarks - Includes maps, listings, tours, surveys, and general information.
  • Geographic Information Systems - Select City Departments and GIS department. Links to the following types of maps for the Chicago: census, citywide, community, land use, political boundaries, transit, ward and precinct. Also includes interactive maps - Chicago property finder, zoning, Division of Maps and Plats, Citizen ICAM.
  • Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) - The CCHR is the city agency that handles complaints of discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodation, credit and bonding, and issues orders and rulings. Site includes ordinance, rules, information on complaint filing, and Guide to Discrimination Complaints & Adjudication Procedures. Decisions & Precedents in Discrimination Cases are available. The Cook County Law Library is a print depository of the Commission decisions.
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago - An electronic publication of the Chicago Historical Society, in partnership with Academic Technologies at Northwestern University and the Newberry.

 

III. COLLAR COUNTY RESOURCES

DeKalb County

DuPage County

Kane County

Lake County 

McHenry County

  • Check under individual departments for ordinances.
  • Circuit Clerk

Will County

Other Counties

  • National Association of Counties (NACo) - A national organization representing county governments in the U.S. providing information for and about counties. Under the About Counties button, see NACo County Explorer-Mapping County Data for a collection of links to county web pages nationwide.

 

 

IV. MUNICIPAL CODES ONLINE


The commercial codifiers listed below produce codes of ordinances from counties and municipalities
nationwide. Only the jurisdictions for Illinois are listed individually. Please check the company web
sites for codes from other states.

  • American Legal Publishing - Codes from 36 states.
    • Illinois codes: Argenta, Bellwood, Berwyn, Blue Island, Calumet Park, Carol Stream, Channahon, Chatham, Chicago, Chrisman, Christopher, Crestwood, Danville, Dewitt County, Diamond, East Dundee, Elwood, Evergreen Park, Fairfield, Flora, Frankfort, Franklin County, Freeport, Galena, Galesburg, Gardner, Geneseo, Glencoe, Greenville, Hanover, Homewood, Hoopeston, Itasca, Justice, Kenilworth, Kewanee, Kirkland, La Grange Park, Lake Caroll Association, Lake County, Lake Forest, Lakemoor, LaSalle, Litchfield, Lockport, Madison, Madison County, Mahomet, Markham, Marseilles, Martinsville, Maryville, Mattoon, Maywood, Mazon, Metropolis, Mettawa, Millstadt, Monticello, Nashville, O'Fallon, Oak Forest, Oakbrook Terrace, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Paris, Pecatonica, Peotone, Pittsfield, Polo, Poplar Grove, Quincy, Richton Park, Riverdale, Riverton, Romeoville, Roscoe, Schiller Park, Shiloh, South Elgin, Sparta, Stone Park, Tinley Park, Troy, Vienna, Villa Grove, Waterloo, Wauconda, Will County, Wilmette, Winnetka, Winthrop Harbor.
  • General Code Publishing - Codes from 24 states plus Canada.
    • Illinois codes: Coal City, Crystal Lake, Flossmoor, Harristown, Homer Glen, Lexington, Lincolnwood, McLean County, Mendota, Monroe County, Stephenson County, Williamsville.
  • Municipal Code Corporation -  Municipal and county codes from over 40 states.
    • Illinois Codes: Alsip, Amboy, Auburn, Aurora, Bartonville, Beardstown, Belvidere, Boone County, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Braidwood, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Burbank, Burnham, Byron, Calumet City, Carpentersville, Cary, Casey, Centralia, Champaign, Cherry Valley, Chicago Heights, Chicago Ridge, Chillicothe, Cicero, Collinsville, Cook County, Creston, Crete, Davis Junction, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Earlville, East Hazel Crest, East Peoria, East St. Louis, Edwardsville, Effingham, Elmhurst, Evanston, Ford Heights, Franklin Park, Geneva, Gilman, Glenview, Glenwood, Godfrey, Granite City, Grayslake, Hainesville, Hanover Park, Harwood Heights, Hazel Crest, Highland, Hillcrest, Hillside, Hinckley, Hoffman Estates, Iroquois County, Jacksonville, Joliet, Kankakee County, Kingston, Lansing, Lebanon, Lemont, Libertyville, Livingston County, Lombard, Loves Park, Lynwood, Marshall, Mascoutah, McCook, McCullom Lake, Melrose Park, Metamora, Monmouth, Montgomery, Morris, Morrison, Mount Carmel, Mundelein, Naperville, Neoga, New Lenox, Niles, Norridge, North Aurora, North Chicago, North Riverside, Northbrook, Oglesby, Olympia Fields, Oregon, Ottawa, Palos Hills, Pana, Park City, Park Forest, Peoria, Peoria County, Peru, Phoenix, Plainfield, Pontiac, Rantoul, Rock Falls, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Salem, Sangamon County, Sauk Village, Savoy, Schaumburg, Silvis, Skokie, South Beloit, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, Springfield, Steger, Sterling, Stickney, Stillman Valley, Streator, Sun River Terrace, Tampico, Thornton, University Park, Urbana, Vandalia, Vernon Hills, Villa Park, Walnut, Waukegan, West Chicago, West Frankfort, Westchester, Westmont, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wilmington, Winnebago County, Zion.
  • Sterling Codifiers - Municipal and county codes from 20 states.
    • Illinois codes: Aledo, Alton, Antioch, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Barry, Bartlett, Batavia, Beach Park, Bedford Park, Beecher, Bensenville, Berkeley, Bloomingdale, Broadview, Campton Hills, Canton, Capron, Carbondale, Carmi, Cerro Gordo, Charleston, Chenoa, Clarendon Hills, Clinton, Colona, Cortland, Countryside, Creve Coeur, Darien, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Dixon, East Dubuque, East Moline, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Forest View, Fox Lake, Franklin Grove, Germantown Hills, Gilberts, Glen Carbon, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Golf, Grant Park, Green Oaks, Grundy County, Hampshire, Hawthorn Woods, Herscher, Heyworth, Highwood, Hinsdale, Inverness, Island Lake, Jerseyville, Jo Daviess County, Kane County, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake Bluff, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Lanark, Lee County, Leland, Leland Grove, Leroy, Leyden Township, Lincoln, Lindenhurst, Lisle, Long Grove, Lyons, Manhatten, Manteno, Maple Park, Marion, Marquette Heights, Midlothian, Milan, Minooka, Momence, Monee, Mount Prospect, Mt. Pulaski, North Barrington, North Pekin, North Utica, Northfield, Northlake, Oak Brook, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Ogle County, Oswego, Pawnee, Pingree Grove, Plano, Prospect Heights, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside, Riverwoods, Roanoke, Rock Island, Roxana, Savanna, Scales Mound, Seneca, Shannon, Sherman, Shorewood, Sleepy Hollow, South Barrington, Spring Valley, St. Joseph, Stockton, Streamwood, Sugar Grove, Summit, Sycamore, Taylorville, Toluca, Tower Lakes, Virginia, Volo, Wadsworth, Warrenville, Waterman, Wayne, Wenona, West Dundee, Western Springs, Willowbrook, Winfield, Wood Dale, Woodridge, Woodstock, Worth, Yorkville.

 

Individual Codes not listed above:

 

V. LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

  • Illinois Municipal League Web Portal - provides a caselaw topical index for municipal law, selected model ordinances, and legal bulletins that include summaries of municipal law cases.
  • NPR Illinois - Formerly Illinois Issues, A public affairs magazine for Illinois from the University of Illinois at Springfield. The online version is archived back to 2001 with selected articles available.
  • Search Systems - Searchable public record database for states, counties and municipalities. Also links for Canadian and global public records.

 

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The web sites listed in this guide are for information only and are not endorsed or supported by the
Cook County Law Library. Please independently verify the accuracy and currency of all information.


Consult an attorney for legal advice.


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Compiled by Jean M. Wenger, Deputy Law Librarian

Revised October 2017 by David Sanborne