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Illinois Legislative History Research: Updating Statutory Research

Bill Tracking

Many of the sources mentioned in this Guide are also useful for tracking current bills. The ILGA website, for example, is an excellent bill tracking tool. When doing statutory research in print, be aware that bills enacted during the current General Assembly may not be reflected in either the bound volume or pocket part of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. There is always a lag between enactment of legislation and codification. It is wise to check the latest issues of the Illinois Legislative Service (9th flr. KFI1230 .A49) to make sure that your research is as up to date as possible. The Illinois Legislative Service contains the most recent laws enacted in Public Act number order. It consists of a series of colorful pamphlets next to the ILCS set. These pamphlets come out more quickly than the official session laws volumes. Check the table in the latest pamphlet to see if a recent Public Act has affected your statute. Electronic research via services like Lexis or Westlaw will be even more current than the above print sources.