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The Public Servant
The newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers

April 2000, vol. 1, no. 1


Tracking the progress of legislation at the state and national levels is much easier today than in years past, thanks to two Websites devoted to Illinois and federal legislative matters, respectively. Log on to to reach the Illinois General Assembly's homepage. There, you can track the progress of legislation presently under consideration by the General Assembly, view the text of Public Acts, and find the schedules of the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate, as well as other information regarding the General Assembly.

To track the progress of legislation at the federal level, log on to,14 to reach Thomas, the Library of Congress' Website devoted to the federal legislative process. Named for President Thomas Jefferson, a key figure in the creation of the Library of Congress, Thomas allows users to track pending legislation, view Public Laws, review roll call votes, obtain legislative committee information and provides links to the homepages of the United States House of representatives and the United States Senate. If these addresses do not yet appear in the Links portion of the Committee on Government Lawyers' Website, they will appear there shortly for your convenience.