Historic Illinois Statutes

Welcome to my library of 155 years of Illinois statutory law! Session laws including public and private acts, compiled statutes, revised statutes, and other works that address Illinois territorial and state statutory law are included. I also added constitutions.

The table has links to digitized volumes or web versions of historic and current Illinois statutes. In some cases later compilations substitute for books that are missing or were never printed. The span includes the first territorial session in 1809 through the 53rd General Assembly in 1921. There is a 50-year gap in which I did not locate digitized volumes, and then there is a link to some form of statutory law from 1971 to present. From 1971 to 1996 Senate and House transcripts are linked. The links from 1972 to present lead to session laws. Enjoy!

For further information on the statutes, see my blog post, Illinois Statutory Law Links.

See also the Indexes to Illinois Statutory Law page where I have similar links to statute indexes. My blog post with the same name explains why the indexes were created.

 

Illinois Territorial Laws     1 Mar 1809–26 Aug 1818

Session Begun

Description/Title

Comments/Publication Year or Coverage

Statutory Law Online

Jun 1809 Laws enacted by the Governor and Judges of Illinois Territory sitting as a Legislative Council at their first session, in June, 1809. MSS in archives of the State of Illinois. Use 1809–1811 compilation for substitute. Google Books
1810 Laws enacted by the Governor and Judges of Illinois Territory sitting as a Legislative Council at their second session, in 1810. MSS in archives of the State of Illinois. Use 1809–1811 compilation for substitute. Google Books
1811 Laws enacted by the Governor and Judges of Illinois Territory sitting as a Legislative Council at their Third session, in 1811. MSS in archives of the State of Illinois. Use 1809–1811 compilation for substitute. Google Books
25 Nov 1812 Laws passed by the Legislative Council & House of Representatives of the Illinois Territory, at their First Session held at Kaskaskia, 1812. Legislature sitting in General Assembly. Printed by authority from the Governor, by Matthew Duncan, Russellville, Ky., 1813. Printed 1813. Contains laws 1st Session; 1st General Assembly.  Substitute with 1809–1818 compilation. Internet Archive
Nov 1813 Laws enacted by the First General Assembly of the Territory of Illlinois, at their second session, beginning in November, 1813. MSS 2nd Session; 1st General Assembly. Substitute with 1809–1818 compilation. Internet Archive
Nov 1814 Laws enacted by the Second Assembly of the Territory of Illinois, at their first session beginning in November, 1814. MSS 1st Session, 2nd General Assembly. One Act printed. Substitute with 1809–1818 compilation. Internet Archive
Digest of Acts in force June 2, 1815 Pope’s Digest. Laws of the Territory of Illinois, Revised and Digested under the Authority of the Legislature. Vols. I & II. Kaskaskia: Printed by Nathaniel Duncan, 1815. Volume I of Pope’s Revision, 2 Vols. Printed in 1815 by legislative authority. Substituted with reprint. Internet Archive
Digest of Acts in force June 2, 1815 Pope’s Digest. Laws of the Territory of Illinois, Revised and Digested under the Authority of the Legislature. Vols. I & II. Kaskaskia: Printed by Nathaniel Duncan, 1815. Volume II of Pope’s Revision, 2 Vols. Printed in 1815 by legislative authority. Substituted with reprint. Internet Archive
1815 to 1816 Laws passed by the Legislative Council, and House of Representatives of Illinois Territory, at their Fourth Session, [Second General Assembly — Second Session] Held at Kaskasia, 1815 — ’16. Kaskaskia: Printed by Matthew Duncan, 1816. Printed 1816. 2nd Session 2nd General Assembly, called 5th Session on title page.  Reprinted by Phillips Bros., Springfield, Ill., 1898. Google Books
2 Dec 1816 Laws passed by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of Illinois Territory at their Fifth Session, [Third General Assembly — First Session] held at Kaskasia, 1816 — ’17. Kaskaskia: Printed by Cook and Blackwell, 1817. Printed 1817. 1st Session, 3rd General Assembly, called 5th Session on title page. Substitute with 1809–1818 edition. Internet Archive
1817 to 1818 Laws Passed by the General Assembly of Illinois Territory, at their Sixth Session, [Third General Assembly, Second Session] held at Kaskaskia, 1817 — ’18. Kaskaskia, I. T.: Berry and Blackwell, 1818. Printed 1818. 2nd Session, 3rd General Assembly, called 6th Session on the title page Google Books
Clarence Walworth Alvord, ed. Laws of the Territory of Illinois, 1809 –1811, Bulletin of the Illinois State Historical Society Library. Vol. I, No. II. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Journal Co., 1906. 1809–1811 substitute Google Books
Philbrick, Francis S., ed. The Laws of Illinois Territory, 1809–1818. Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Vol. XXV, Law Series Volume V. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Historical Library, 1950. 1809–1818 substitute Internet Archive

State Statutory Laws     1818–1921, 1971 to present

Assembly Number

Session Begun

Description

Cite, Publication Year, or Comments

Statutory Law Online

 1818 Constitution of the State of Illinois 1818 Google Books
1 Jan 1819 Public and Private Acts 1819 Ill. Laws Google Books
2 4 Dec 1820 Public and Private Acts 1821 Ill. Laws Google Books
3 2 Dec 1822 Public and Private Acts 1823 Ill. Laws Google Books
4 15 Nov 1824 Public and Private Acts 1825 Ill. Laws Google Books
2 Jan 1826 Public and Private Acts 1826 Ill. Laws Google Books
5 4 Dec 1826 Revised Code R. S. 1827
Official
Google Books
4 Dec 1826 Private Acts Pr. L. 1827 Google Books
6 3 Dec 1828 Revised Code
(codified)
R. L. 1829 Google Books
7 3 Dec 1830 Public and Private Acts 1831 Ill. Laws Google Books
8 3 Dec 1832 Revised Laws
(codified)
R. S. 1833
Official
Google Books
3 Dec 1832 Private Acts Pr. L. 1833 Google Books
9 1 Dec 1834 Public and Private Acts 1835 Ill. Laws Google Books
7 Dec 1835 Public and Private Acts 1836 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
10 5 Dec 1836 Public Acts 1 Laws 1837 Internet Archive
5 Dec 1836 Private Acts Pr. L. 1837 Internet Archive
10 Jul 1837 Public and Private Acts 2 Laws 1837 Google Books
1837 Gale’s Compilation
(codified)
Gales’ Stat.
Includes revised statutes 1833 through laws of 1837
Published 1839
Google Books
11 3 Dec 1838 Public Acts 1839 Ill. Laws Google Books
3 Dec 1838 Private Acts Pr. L. 1839 Google Books
11 9 Dec 1839 Public and Private Acts 1840 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
12 7 Dec 1840 Public and Private Acts 1841 Ill. Laws Google Books
13 5 Dec 1842 Public and Private Acts 1843 Ill. Laws Google Books
14 2 Dec 1844 Public and Private Acts 1845 Ill. Laws Google Books
3 Mar 1845 Revised Statutes
(codified)
R. S. 1845
Official
Google Books
15 7 Dec 1846 Public Acts 1847 Ill. Laws Google Books
7 Dec 1846 Private Acts Pr. L. 1847
1847 State Constitution 1848 Google Books
16 1 Jan 1849 Public Acts 1 Laws 1849 Google Books
1 Jan 1849 Private Acts Pr. L. 1849 Google Books
22 Oct 1849 Public and Private Acts 2 Laws 1849 Internet Archive
17 6 Jan 1851 Public Acts 1851 Ill. Laws Google Books
6 Jan 1851 Private Acts Pr. L. 1851 Internet Archive
7 Jun 1852 Public and Private Acts 1852 Ill. Laws Google Books
18 3 Jan 1853 Public Acts 1853 Ill. Laws Google Books
3 Jan 1853 Private Acts Pr. L. 1853 Internet Archive
9 Feb 1854 Public Acts 1854 Ill. Laws Google Books
9 Feb 1854 Private Acts Pr. L. 1854 Internet Archive
19 1 Jan 1855 Public Acts 1855 Ill. Laws Google Books
1 Jan 1855 Private Acts Pr. L. 1855 Internet Archive
1856 Purple’s Compilation
(codified)
Purple’s Stat.
Vol. I
Abatement through Lands — Swamp and State
Google Books
1856 Purple’s Compilation
(codified)
Purple’s Stat.Vol. II
Laws through Wolves
Google Books
20 5 Jan 1857 Public Acts 1857 Ill. Laws Google Books
5 Jan 1857 Private Acts Pr. L. 1857 Internet Archive
5 Jan 1857 Private Acts Pr. L. 1857 Internet Archive
5 Jan 1857 Private Acts Index Pr. L. 1857 Internet Archive
1858 Scates’ Compilation
(codified)
Scates’ Stat. Google Books
21 3 Jan 1859 Public Acts 1859 Ill. Laws Google Books
3 Jan 1859 Private Acts Pr. L. 1859 Internet Archive
22 7 Jan 1861 Public Acts 1 Laws 1861 Internet Archive
7 Jan 1861 Private Acts Pr. L. 1861 Google Books
23 Apr 1861 Public and Private Acts 2 Laws 1861 Internet Archive
23 5 Jan 1863 Public Acts 1863 Ill. Laws Google Books
5 Jan 1863 Private Acts Pr. L. 1863 Internet Archive
1865 Samuel H. Treat, Walter B. Scates and Robert S. Blackwell, comp. The Statutes of Illinois, Embracing All of the General Laws of the State, Complete to 1865, With Marginal Notes, Showing the Contents of Each Section, and a Reference to the Decisions of the Supreme Court Upon the Construction of Each Statute. In Three Volumes. Volume I. Chicago, Illinois: E. B. Myers & Chandler, 1866. From Revised Statutes 1845 to 1865 Google Books
1865 Samuel H. Treat, Walter B. Scates and Robert S. Blackwell, comp. The Statutes of Illinois, Embracing All of the General Laws of the State, Complete to 1865, with Marginal Notes, Showing the Contents of Each Section, and a Reference to the Decisions of the Supreme Court Upon the Construction of Each Statute. In Three Volumes. Volume 2. Chicago, Illinois: E. B. Myers & Chandler, 1866. pp.721—1464From Revised Statutes 1845 to 1865 Google Books
1865 Samuel H. Treat, Walter B. Scates and Robert S. Blackwell, comp. The Statutes of Illinois Volume III. Embracing All of the General Laws of the State, Passed by the General Assembly from 1859 to 1865, Inclusive, With a Complete Index. Chicago, Illinois: E. B. Myers & Chandler, 1866. Each session is separate in the volume and each volume is indexed. The index in back is consolidated. Google Books
24 2 Jan 1865 Public Acts 1865 Ill. Laws Google Books
2 Jan 1865 Private Acts Vol. I 1 Pr. L. 1865 Internet Archive
2 Jan 1865 Private Acts Vol. II 2 Pr. L. 1865 Internet Archive
25 7 Jan 1867 Public Acts 1867 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
7 Jan 1867 Private Acts Vol. I 1 Pr. L. 1867 Internet Archive
7 Jan 1867 Private Acts Vol. II 2 Pr. L. 1867 Google Books
7 Jan 1867 Private Acts Vol. III 3 Pr. L. 1867 Google Books
11 Jun 1867 Public and Private Acts 2 Laws 1867 Internet Archive
1868 Gross’ Compilation 1868
(codified)
Gross’ Stat. 1868
Revised statutes 1845 to laws 1868
Google Books
1868 Digest of Criminal Laws 1818 to 1868 Google Books
26 4 Jan 1869 Public Acts 1869 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
4 Jan 1869 Private Acts Pr. L. 1869 Google Books
1869 Analytical Digest aka Gross’ Compilation 1869 1818-1869
Gross’ Stat. 1869
pub. 1872
Google Books
1870 State Constitution 1870 Google Books
27 4 Jan 1871 Public Acts 1871 — 1872 Google Books
24 May 1871 Public Acts 1871 — 1872 Google Books
13 Oct 1871 Public Acts 1871 — 1872 Google Books
15 Nov 1871 Public Acts 1871 — 1872 Google Books
Analytical Digest, Statutes, 1818-1872 Vol. II, 1871-1872 Google Books
28 8 Jan 1873 Public Acts 1873 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
Analytical Digest, Statutes, 1818-1873 Vol. III, 1873 Google Books
28 6 Jan 1874 Public Acts 1874 Ill. Laws Google Books
 “ 6 Jan 1874 Revised Statutes, 1874
(codified)
R. S. 1874
Official
Google Books
1873-1874 Analytical Compilation, 1818-1874, Gross Acts of 1873-4, Vol III. 1873-4 Google Books
29 6 Jan 1875 Public Acts 1875 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
30 3 Jan 1877 Public Acts 1877 Ill. Laws Google Books
1877 Revised Statute
(codified)
1877
Revision 1874 and laws 1875, 1877
Google Books
31 8 Jan 1879 Public Acts 1879 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
32 5 Jan 1881 Public Acts 1881 Ill. Laws Google Books
23 Mar 1882 Public Acts 1882 Ill. Laws Google Books
33 3 Jan 1883 Public Acts 1883 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
34 7 Jan 1885 Public Acts 1885 Ill. Laws Google Books
Annotated Statutes, Vol. I 1885 Google Books
35 5 Jan 1887 Public Acts 1887 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
36 9 Jan 1889 Public Acts 1889 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
 “ 23 Jul 1890 Public and Private Acts 1890 Ill. Laws Google Books
37 7 Jan 1891 Public Acts 1891 Ill. Laws Google Books
Annotated Statutes 1885-1892 Google Books
38 4 Jan 1893 Public and Private Acts 1893 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
39 9 Jan 1895 Public Acts 1895 Ill. Laws Google Books
25 Jun 1895 Public Acts Laws 1895, Ex. Ses. Google Books
Annotated Statutes 1896 Google Books
40 6 Jan 1897 Public Acts 1897 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
7 Dec 1897 Public Acts 1898 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
41 4 Jan 1899 Public Acts 1899 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
42 9 Jan. 1901 Public Acts 1901 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
43 7 Jan. 1903 Public Acts 1903 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
Revised Statutes
(codified)
1903
Contains revised statutes 1873 and acts through 1903
Google Books
Annotated Statutes 1903 Google Books
44 4 Jan. 1905 Public Acts 1905 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
45 9 Jan. 1907 Public Acts 1907 Ill. Laws Google Books
8 Oct. 1907 Public Acts 1908 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
Revised Statutes
(codified)
1908
Contains revised statutes, 1874 through acts 1905
Hathi Trust
46 6 Jan. 1909 Public Acts 1909 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
14 Dec. 1909 Public Acts 1910 Ill. Laws Google Books
47 4 Jan. 1911 Public Acts 1911 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
14 Jun. 1911 Public Acts 1911 & 1912 Google Books
26 Mar. 1912 Public Acts 1911 & 1912 Google Books
24 Apr. 1912 Public Acts 1911 & 1912 Google Books
48 8 Jan. 1913 Public Acts 1913 Ill. Laws Internet Archive
Annotated Statutes 1913 Google Books
49 6 Jan. 1915 Public Acts 1915 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
22 Nov. 1915 Public Acts 1915 Ill. Laws Google Books
11 Jan. 1916 Public Acts 1916 Ill. Laws Google Books
Annotated Statutes 1874-1915 Google Books
50 3 Jan. 1917 Public Acts 1917 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
51 8 Jan. 1919 Public Acts 1919 Ill. Laws Google Books
Internet Archive
Annotated Statutes 1917-1920 Google Books
53 5 Jan. 1921 Public Acts 1921 Ill. Laws Google Books
1970 State Constitution 1970 Illinois General Assembly
77 1971-1972 Senate and House Transcripts, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1972 Illinois General Assembly
78 1973-1974 Senate and House Transcripts, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1974 Illinois General Assembly
79 1975-1976 Senate and House Transcripts, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1976 Illinois General Assembly
80 1977-1978 Senate and House Transcripts, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1978 Illinois General Assembly
81 1979-1980 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1980 Illinois General Assembly
82 1981-1982 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1982 Illinois General Assembly
83 1983-1984 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1984 Illinois General Assembly
84 1985-1986 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1986 Illinois General Assembly
85 1987-1988 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1988 Illinois General Assembly
86 1989-1990 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1990 Illinois General Assembly
87 1991-1992 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1992 Illinois General Assembly
88 1993-1994 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1994 Illinois General Assembly
89 1995-1996 Senate and House Transcripts, Bills, Public Act to Bill Number Conversion Table 1996 Illinois General Assembly
90 1997-1998 Public Acts 0001 through 90-0819 1998 Ill. Laws Illinois General Assembly
91 1999-2000 Public Acts 91-0001 through 91-0954 2000 Ill. Laws Illinois General Assembly
92 2001 Session Laws, Public Acts 92-001 through 92-532 2001 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
2002 Session Laws, Public Acts  92-533 through 92-886 2002 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
93 2003 Session Laws, Public Acts  93-001 through 93-663 2003 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
2004 Session Laws, Public Acts 93-664 through 93-1102 2004 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
94 2005 Session Laws, Public Acts 94-0001 through 94-0726 2005 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
2006 Session Laws, Public Acts 94-727 through 94-1113 2006 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
95 2007 Session Laws, Public Acts 95-001 through 95-713 2007 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
2008 Session Laws, Public Acts 95-714 through 95-1056 2008 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
96 2009 Session Laws, Public Acts 96-001 through 96-884 2009 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
2010 Session Laws, Public Acts 96-885 through 96-1555 2010 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
97 2011 Session Laws, Public Acts 97-001 through 97-679 2011 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
2012 Session Laws, Public Acts 97-680 through 97-1173 2012 Ill. Laws Illinois Secretary of State
Current Current Current Public Acts Current Illinois General Assembly
Current Current Current Compiled Statutes Current Illinois General Assembly

 

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  6. Cyndy R says:

    I needed to study up on Illinois adoption laws in the early 1880s and your list of resources was extremely helpful. My sincere thanks for sharing!

  7. What a wonderful contribution you’ve made, Debbie!

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