Illinois! Illinois! 195 Years

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December 3 rd, 1818 Illinois became the 21 st state in the United States of America. Since then its publications have documented the variety of activities it has undertaken including topics from agriculture and education to environment, law, statistics and more. The University of Illinois Library has collected these materials through its membership in the Illinois Documents Depository Program since the late 1960s and obtained many state documents prior to becoming a depository library making it a rich collection of Illinois documents. It also collects materials about Illinois from non-government sources.

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Illinois. Secretary of State. Illinois Register 37: 2 Springfield, January 11, 2013.

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Illinois Register Online

The Illinois Register, a weekly update of the Illinois Administrative Code, is the official state document for publishing public notice of rulemaking activity initiated by State governmental agencies.

It includes proposed, adopted, and emergency rules, the regulatory agenda, notices of public information, and executive orders and proclamations.

Illinois. General Assembly and Legislative Research Bureau. Legislative Synopsis and Digest, Final Edition, 1925. Springfield: Illinois State Journal Co., 1925.

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A useful tool for legislative history, the Legislative Synopsis and Digest includes bills and resolutions listed in order for a particular session of the General Assembly with each entry including the legislator associated with the bill or resolution, a description,  floor action, and references to West’s Smith-Hurd Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated  for additional information.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 1996. State Bar Association Edition. Minneapolis: West Publishing, 1997.

Library Catalog:

Illinois Compiled Statutes Online (most recent)

The Illinois Compiled Statutes is the general and permanent laws of the State of Illinois arranged by topic.

Illinois. Secretary of State. Illinois Blue Book 1963-1964. Springfield, 1964.

Library Catalog:

A guide to Illinois officials, legislators, departments and agencies, symbols, universities, and much more. It also includes the Illinois Constitution and a list of counties and cities.

Illinois. Bureau of the Budget. State of Illinois Statistical Abstract, 1973. Springfield, 1973.

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Illinois Statistical Abstract, 2003. CD-ROM. University of Illinois, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, 2003.

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The statistical abstracts include data on population, health, education, employment, public safety, transportation, natural resources, and economics in the State of Illinois by county. The Illinois Statistical Abstract is no longer published.

Illinois. Department of Natural Resources. Illinois’ Legacy Resources Untapped Economic Opportunity. Springfield, 2005. (Produced as a cooperative effort with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency).

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A report advocating investment in Legacy (agricultural, cultural, and natural) resources and demonstrating their value to the citizens of Illinois.

Illinois. Department of Agriculture. Agricultural Statistics Service. Illinois Weather & Crops. 22: 24 August 13, 2001. (Produced as a cooperative effort with the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

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This bulletin includes temperature, precipitation, topsoil moisture, crop progress, and other statistics presented in charts, graphs, and maps.

Archaimbault, Delores and Terry Barnhart. “Illinois Copperheads and the American Civil War,” Illinois History Teacher 3:1 (1996). (Publication of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency).

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Illinois History Teacher Online

Each issue includes three to five articles with lesson plans, activities, and bibliographies about an event, person, or topic all around a common theme.

Illinois Issues 38: 6 Springfield: University of Illinois Springfield, June 2012.

Library Catalog:

Illinois Issues Online

The University of Illinois Springfield publishes this monthly magazine featuring analysis of current Illinois public affairs.

Online Resources

Official website of the State of Illinois

Illinois General Assembly

Illinois legislation and laws, rules and regulations, House and Senate information, and reports. Search the current General Assembly by bill number or keyword.

Electronic Documents of Illinois

The Electronic Documents of Illinois provides permanent public access to official publications of the State of Illinois which have been deposited in electronic form.

Lexis Nexis State Capitol Universe

A University of Illinois Library subscription database that includes state bills, statutes, regulations, and information about legislators, their staff, and offices.

Visit in Person

“Illinois! Illinois! 195 year” was on display during August 2013 in the Marshall Gallery on the 1st floor of the Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr. Urbana, IL.


This display was created by Stephanie Martin, Government Information Services and Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services graduate assistant with the assistance of Julia Pollack, Angie Stangl, and Mary Mallory. A special thanks goes to Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services, Government Information Services, Access, and Collections, and the Exhibitions Committee for their support.