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State and Local Government

A Government Information Services guide providing suggested resources and information for beginning research on state,county, and city government

General Information

State, county, and city/township governments provide more specific information for a particular location, rather than broad information about the United States as a whole. This guide provides information about resources for the State of Illinois, Champaign County, the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The State and Local tabs also include tips for finding state, county, and city information for other locations.

State and Local Government Best Bets

Try these resources for state and local government information, or click on the tabs in the left column for complete lists.

Collection Information

The University Library became a State of Illinois Documents Depository in the early 1960s, but collected state government documents prior to becoming a depository. The program was formalized in the State of Illinois in 1967 by a public act passed by the General Assembly requiring each Illinois State Agency to deposit documents in the State Library for collection and distribution. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign retains Illinois documents beyond its seven year commitment and so maintains a collection valuable to researchers examining Illinois’ historic public record. We receive 100 percent of the State of Illinois documents and information making the value of the collection extremely important.

All State of Illinois Documents can be found in the Library Catalog:

  • Search by author: Illinois
  • To find specific types of documents, use the Advanced Search and include Illinois in the author field text box and keywords or titles in another text box.