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Articles on Finding Illinois Law

Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute

By Jesse Bowman
September
2018
Column
Page 42
Cornell Law's Legal Information Institute is a free online resource that offers convenient search tools and tons of materials.

The Algorithm Behind the Curtain

By Jesse Bowman
July
2018
Column
Page 52
A new feature in Fastcase reveals how its search engine responds to your queries.

Data-Driven Advocacy for Free

By Jesse Bowman
May
2018
Column
Page 48
A pair of old-school data sets offer useful, no-cost information for lawyers.

Cost-Conscious Current Awareness

By Jesse Bowman
March
2018
Column
Page 50
It's never been easier or cost less to stay abreast of recent legal developments.

CARA from Casetext: A Cure for Legal Research FOMO

By Jesse Bowman
January
2018
Column
Page 46
Do you suffer from research FOMO - fear of missing out? A for-fee service lets you upload your brief and get a report of cases you've missed.

Federal Government Information Abounds at Govinfo.gov

By Jesse Bowman
November
2017
Column
Page 50
This third iteration of the Government Publishing Office's website is an expansive and free resource for federal judicial, legislative, and executive material.

Locating Local Laws

By Jesse Bowman
September
2017
Column
Page 44
Municipal code provisions might have make-or-break importance for your client, but they don't appear on Westlaw or Fastcase. Here's how to find them.

Incorporate Free Resources into Your Regulatory Research

By Jesse Bowman
July
2017
Column
Page 54
Need to research regulations and administrative rulings? Don't forget the many free resources available these days.

Visualizing Better Research? Try Fastcase’s Interactive Timeline

By Jesse Bowman
May
2017
Column
Page 44
Like Ravel, Fastcase offers a robust case law visualization tool. And like all of Fastcase's core features, it's free to ISBA members.

Unraveling Ravel

By Jesse Bowman
March
2017
Column
Page 60
Is your research project stymied by a broken URL? Time to fire up the Wayback Machine.

Finding ‘Lost’ Legal and Governmental Information

By Tom Gaylord
January
2017
Column
Page 50
Is your research project stymied by a broken URL? Time to fire up the Wayback Machine.

Not Online and Free? Try the Library

By Tom Gaylord
November
2016
Column
Page 52
Exhausted the online resources? Don't forget that not everything is online, even in the digital age.

City Files: Researching Local Administrative Law and Data

By Tom Gaylord
September
2016
Column
Page 46
More local "law" beyond ordinances is available online, but sometimes a trip to a local agency is the only way to go.

The Illinois Budget: Finding Materials

By Tom Gaylord
July
2016
Column
Page 42
How to find information about the Illinois budget despite the impasse.

Finding the Law of Judges and Judging in Illinois

By Tom Gaylord
May
2016
Column
Page 42
Where to find laws governing judicial elections and more.

Federal Administrative Law: New and Updated Resources

By Tom Gaylord
March
2016
Column
Page 58
A fresh look at the many free resources available for researching federal regulations and agencies.

Underappreciated Illinois Legislative Resources

By Tom Gaylord
January
2016
Column
Page 53
The LRB and General Assembly have added new web features.

Resources for Researching Illinois Constitutional Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2015
Column
Page 46
A rundown of the many free resources for researching the Illinois Constitution.

Resources for the (Occasional) Foreign-Law Researcher

By Tom Gaylord
September
2015
Column
Page 48
Low-cost foreign-law research options. 

A Deep Dive into the Legislative Source Book

By Tom Gaylord
July
2015
Column
Page 54
A closer look at this repository of federal legislative and administrative resources.

50 Columns In: What Have We Learned?

By Tom Gaylord
May
2015
Column
Page 48
A look back at eight years of columns.

Finding and Using Blawgs to Follow the Law

By Tom Gaylord
March
2015
Column
Page 50
Blawgs are great sources of breaking news on almost any topic.

More on 50-State Surveys:The Book of the States

By Tom Gaylord
January
2015
Column
Page 45
The Book of the States is another free online tool for doing comparative state research.

Federal and Illinois Court Dockets: What’s Online?

By Tom Gaylord
November
2014
Column
Page 552
Though the feds keep docket information in PACER, electronic Illinois docket info is harder to find.

Resources for Illinois Legislative History: The Seven-Year Itch

By Tom Gaylord
September
2014
Column
Page 450
Revisiting the Illinois General Assembly's website.

Fifty-State Surveys: Can They Be Had for Free?

By Tom Gaylord
July
2014
Column
Page 352
They can if you have the time.

Tax Resources from the Illinois Department of Revenue

By Tom Gaylord
May
2014
Column
Page 246
Tax season is over, but the IDOR website is a year-round resource.

Looking for Free Legal Information? Check out the Law Library of Congress

By Tom Gaylord
March
2014
Column
Page 148
There might be a broken link here or there, but the Law Library of Congress is still a great portal to free legal resources.

More Federal Court Opinions on FDsys

By Tom Gaylord
January
2014
Column
Page 48
The Federal Digital System (FDsys) now includes an expanded library of federal cases.

Using Twitter to Keep Up with the Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2013
Column
Page 590
Twitter is a great way to send and receive breaking legal news.

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