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Performing Searches in the Municipal Case Law Area

This page teaches you how to perform sucessful searches in the Municipal Case Law area.

Keyword Searches: Simply enter your keywords or phrases, and separate your words with a space only. Do not separate your keywords with any punctuation.

Search by Docket Number: To receive a successful hit using the docket number, you will have to enter the docket number exactly as it was entered. You will have to enter dashes and/or spaces in the appropriate places.

Search by Party Name: To receive a successful hit using the party name, you will have to enter the party name exactly as it was entered. We always use the shortest form possible. For example, John Smith versus Jerry Jones would be Smith v. Jones. You will be more successful if you search for just one of the parties.

Search by Official Citation: We post only the official citation after an opinion is published. We do not post any of the parallel citations. To ensure that you are successful with finding the summary you are looking for using this method, please use the formats provided below when conducting a search.

  • Illinois Appellate Court Cases -- X Ill. App. 3d X (i.e., Volume number space Ill. space App. space 3d space page number) An example of an Illinois Appellate Court case would be 286 Ill. App. 3d 562

  • Illinois Supreme Court Cases -- X Ill. 2d X (i.e., Volume number space Ill. space 2d space page number) An example of an Illinois Supreme Court case would be 211 Ill. 2d 106

  • Federal District Court Cases -- X F.Supp. 2d X (i.e., Volume number F.Supp. space 2d space page number) An example of a Federal District Court case would be 41 F.Supp. 2d 840

  • Federal Circuit Court Cases -- X F.3d X (i.e., Volume number space F.3d space page number) An example of a Federal Circuit Court case would be 142 F.3d 383

  • U.S. Supreme Court Cases -- X U.S. X (i.e., Volume number space U.S. space page number) An example of a U.S. Supreme Court case would be 547 U.S. 410