Illinois Statewide Offices

  • Attorney General

    The Attorney General is Illinois' chief legal officer and is responsible for protecting the public interests of the state and its residents. As an advocate for state government and public interests, the AG works to protect consumers, help crime victims, safeguard our communities, advocate for older citizens, preserve the environment, ensure and open and honest government, and defend the rights of the citizens of Illinois.

  • Auditor General

    The Auditor General is a constitutional officer of the State of Illinois charged with reviewing the obligation, expenditure, receipt and use of public funds. The office issues approximately 150 post-audits of State agencies each year, reviewing an agency's financial records, compliance with State and federal laws and regulations, and program performance after the close of its fiscal year.

  • Governor

    The Governor has supreme executive power, and is responsible for the faithful execution of the laws. The purpose of the Office is to ensure proper execution of the laws in Illinois.

  • Lt. Governor

    The Lt. Governor of Illinois is the second highest executive of the State of Illinois. When the Governor becomes unable to discharge the duties of that office, the Lt. Governor becomes acting governor. If the Governor dies, resigns or is removed from office, the Lt. Governor becomes governor. The Lt. Governor of Illinois handles a variety of responsibilities which have been delegated to the office via statute. These duties include serving as Chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Chairman of Rural Bond Bank of Illinois, head of the Illinois Main Street Program, and Chairman of the Illinois River Coordinating Council.

  • Secretary of State

    The Secretary of State of Illinois is one of the six elected executive state offices of the government of Illinois. The Illinois Secretary of State keeps the state records, laws, and archives, and is the state's vehicle registration and driver licensing authority. The Secretary of State also is the registrar of corporations, lobbyists, and notaries public.

  • State Comptroller

    The Comptroller of Illinois is responsible for maintaining the State's accounts, and for ordering payments into and out of them. The Comptroller is charged with the duties of: (a) maintaining the central fiscal accounts of the state, and (b) ordering payments into and out of the funds held by the Treasurer of Illinois. In accordance with this duty, the Comptroller signs paychecks or grants approval to electronic payments made by the state to its employees and creditors.

  • State of Illinois

    The official website of the State of Illinois is the gateway to services and information about living, visiting, business, working, health and wellness, learning, education, facts, public safety, technology, and government in Illinois.

  • State Treasurer

    The Treasurer serves as the state’s banker. His primary responsibility is to protect and wisely invest taxpayers’ money. The Treasurer’s Office also administers programs to promote the financial health of Illinois residents. In addition, the Treasurer’s Office offers a series of financial education courses and seminars that focus on personal savings, debt reduction and identity theft.

Illinois Legislative Branch

  • Illinois General Assembly

    The Illinois General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Illinois and comprises the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate. Illinois has 59 legislative districts, with two representatives and one senator from each correspondent district.

  • Legislative Information System

    The Legislative Information System is the legislative support service agency responsible for providing the computer services and technical guidance required by the General Assembly and its committees, commissions and agencies. The system is responsible for the operation of the legislative data center and associated equipment and software. Among the applications supported by this facility are the bill status, bill drafting, and Illinois Compiled Statutes data base. The system, in cooperation with the Secretary of State and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, also is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Illinois Administrative Code data base.

Illinois Court Rules and Forms

Illinois Judicial Branch

  • Illinois Courts

    The Illinois Court System includes the Supreme Court, 5 District Appellate Courts, and 23 Judicial Circuit Courts.

Illinois Executive Branch

  • Department of Agriculture

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture is an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provides the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources. The agency strives to promote agri-business in Illinois and throughout the world.

  • Department of Central Management Services

    The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) provides a broad range of programs and services to other state agencies and to the general public ranging from procurement and IT expertise to personnel and benefits to management of many properties around Illinois. CMS helps ensure that state agencies serve the people of Illinois efficiently and cost-effectively.

  • Department of Children and Family Services

    The mission of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is to: protect children who are reported to be abused or neglected and to increase their families' capacity to safely care for them; provide for the well-being of children in their care; provide appropriate, permanent families as quickly as possible for those children who cannot safely return home; support early intervention and child abuse prevention activities; and work in partnerships with communities to fulfill this mission.

  • Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is the lead state agency responsible for improving Illinois' competitiveness in the global economy. Guided by an innovative regional approach, DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and build strong communities. DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.

  • Department of Corrections

    The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) was established in 1970. During its creation, the agency combined administration of all state prisons, juvenile centers and adult and juvenile parole services under one direction for the first time. The creation of the training academy followed in 1974, which helped set the foundation of training the best staff possible for the agency’s correctional facilities. On July 1, 2006, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice was formed, which separated the adult and juvenile corrections systems.

  • Department of Employment Security

    The Department of Employment Security (IDES) is mostly known for administering the state's unemployment insurance program. But they offer a lot more than that. IDES helps job seekers find jobs and employers find workers. They also analyze and publish a gold mine of information on the Illinois economy and careers. IDEA offers both unemployment insurance and employment services.

  • Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

    The Department's mission is to protect and promote the lives of Illinois consumers. They do this by overseeing over one million professionals in nearly 100 industries. They license everything from barbers to banks and architects to veterinarians. They also oversee most of the state’s financial institutions.

  • Department of Healthcare and Family Services

    The mission of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services is to empower Illinois residents to lead healthier and more independent lives by providing adequate access to healthcare coverage at a reasonable cost, and by establishing and enforcing child support obligations.

  • Department of Human Rights

    The Department of Human Rights (IDHR) administers the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), familial status (with regard to real estate transactions), age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service, unfavorable military discharge, and sexual orientation.

  • Department of Human Services

    Illinois created the Department of Human Services (DHS) in 1997, to provide Illinois residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency. DHS consists of the following divisions: Alcoholism & Substance Abuse; Community Health & Prevention; Developmental Disabilities; Human Capital Development; Mental Health; Rehabilitation Services; and Administration.

  • Department of Labor

    The mission of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is to promote and protect the rights, wages, welfare, working conditions, safety and health of Illinois workers through enforcement of state labor laws, to safeguard the public through regulation of amusement rides and to ensure compliance with all other labor standards. IDOL is responsible for the administration and enforcement of more than 20 labor and safety laws. The Department is organized into the following major areas: Fair Labor Standards, Conciliation and Mediation, Safety Inspection and Education, Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety, Equal Opportunity Workforce, Legal and Administration.

  • Department of Lottery

    The Illinois Lottery is run by the government of Illinois. The Lottery was founded in 1974, when U.S. lotteries were confined to the Northeast and Midwest. Proceeds from the Illinois Lottery and unclaimed prizes are distributed to support education and schools in Illinois.

  • Department of Natural Resources

    The mission of the Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is to manage, conserve and protect Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public's understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois' natural resources for present and future generations.

  • Department of Nuclear Safety

    The primary responsibility of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is to better prepare the State of Illinois for natural, manmade or technological disasters, hazards, or acts of terrorism. Our goal is a "better prepared state." IEMA coordinates the State's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs and activities, functions as the State Emergency Response Commission, and maintains a 24-hour Communication Center and State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

  • Department of Public Health

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is responsible for protecting the state's residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury. Assuring the quality of our food, setting the standards for hospital and nursing home care, checking the safety of recreation areas, overseeing the inspection of milk producing farms and processing plants, maintaining the state's vital records and screening newborns for genetic diseases are just some of the duties of IDPH.

  • Department of Revenue

    The primary responsibility of the Department of Revenue (IDOR) is to serve as the tax collection agency for state government and for local governments. IDOR also administers the state’s lottery and regulates the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages. In addition, IDOR oversees local property tax assessments, and functions as the funding agent for the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

  • Department of Transportation

    The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is a state agency in charge of state-maintained public roadways of the U.S. state of Illinois. In addition, IDOT provides funding for rail, public transit and airport projects and administers fuel tax and federal funding to local juridictions in the state. The mission of IDOT is to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and demonstrate respect for the environment.

  • Department of Veterans' Affairs

    Tthe Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) is the state agency dedicated and committed to assist veterans and their family members get the services they have rightfully earned. The mission of IDVA is to assist veterans and their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under the laws of the U.S., and the State of Illinois or any other governmental agency, through its 43 Veterans' Services Offices located statewide; to evaluate and approve veterans' education and training programs available at colleges, universities and vocational training centers in Illinois, to provide skilled nursing and domiciliary care for eligible veterans; and administer State grants and benefits to eligible Illinois veterans.

  • Department on Aging

    The mission of the Illinois Department on Aging is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life.

  • Emergency Management Agency

    The primary responsibility of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is to better prepare the State of Illinois for natural, manmade or technological disasters, hazards, or acts of terrorism. Our goal is a "better prepared state." IEMA coordinates the State's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs and activities, functions as the State Emergency Response Commission, and maintains a 24-hour Communication Center and State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

  • Enjoy Illinois: Illinois Office of Tourism

    The Office of Tourism promotes Illinois' tourist attractions for residents and visitors. Provides links for things to do: Arts & Culture; Attractions; Nightlife; Outdoors & Recreation; Shopping; and Sports. Also provides links to getaway ideas for couples, families and friends, and links to travel tools.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

    The mission of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life. The IEPA includes the Bureau of Air; the Bureau of Land; and the Bureau of Water.

  • Health & Wellness

    The Health & Wellness Healthcare Portal can help parents sign-up their children for their affordable health insurance program, All Kids, help seniors sign-up for one of their affordable prescription drug programs, and help women find free breast and cervical cancer screenings.

  • Historic Preservation Agency

    The Agency operates over 60 historic sites and memorials. The Agency also administers the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The library is the state’s chief historical and genealogical research facility that is home to the state’s world-renowned Abraham Lincoln collection. The Agency also administers all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Illinois, including the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Illinois Cares Rx

    Illinois Cares Rx provides state prescription drug assistance to people with and without Medicare. Illinois Cares Rx provides two prescription drug benefits: Illinois Cares Rx Plus and Illinois Cares Rx Basic.

  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

    The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) provides access to crime statistics, criminal justice research of state and national scope, and news about federal grants. ICJIA's three major areas of operation are research, information systems, and federal and state grants. The Authority's mission is to improve the administration of criminal justice in Illinois.

  • Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

    The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. A board of eleven Commissioners, who serve without compensation, govern the agency. Three program Divisions in nine regions throughout the State carry out the responsibilities of the Commission: Office of State Guardian (OSG); Legal Advocacy Service (LAS); and Human Rights Authority (HRA).

  • Illinois Housing Development Authority

    The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) finances the creation and the preservation of affordable housing throughout the state and increases the supply of decent and safe places for people of low or moderate means to live. As an independent and self-supporting Authority, IHDA accomplishes its mission through a number of federal and state funding sources, including: the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund; the Illinois Affordable Housing Donations Tax Credit Fund; the allocation of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits; federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds and others.

  • Illinois State Fair

    Provides information and links for the Illinois State Fair.

  • Illinois State Fire Marshal

    The State Fire Marshal's Office provides professional personnel and programs for the citizens of Illinois and is committed to protecting life and property from fire and explosions through inspection, investigation, training, education, data processing and statistical fire reports. The agency mission is to "Reduce death, injury and property loss of Illinois citizens from fires, explosions and other hazards."

  • Illinois State Geological Survey

    The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The ISGS is a premier state Geological Survey serving the needs of Illinois with earth science information relevant to the State's environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety.

  • Illinois State Police

    The Illinois State Police (ISP) is a multifaceted police agency, enforcing the laws, protecting the public and providing an array of specialty services to other law enforcement agencies. ISP includes the Division of Operations, Forensic Services, the Division of Administration and Internal Investigation.

  • Illinois Terrorism Task Force

    The Illinois Terrorism Task Force was created May 2000. The purpose of the Task Force was to further Illinois' disaster preparation efforts to specifically address the State's role in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) preparedness and to coordinate the response to WMD events throughout the State, utilizing expertise at local, state, and federal levels and across different disciplines. The Task Force focuses on issues such as providing quick response capability in every region of the State and basic WMD first responder training statewide.

  • Illinois Tollway

    The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is dedicated to providing and promoting a safe and efficient system of toll supported highways while ensuring the highest possible level of service to our customers.

  • Office of Management and Budget

    The Governor's Office of Management and Budget prepares the Governor's annual state budget and advises the Governor on the availability of revenues and the allocation of those resources to agency programs. The Office also issues general obligations and Build Illinois bonds, manages the state's capital program, analyzes state agency programs and budgets and evaluates personnel and operating needs. The major areas of review are education, health and social services, public assistance, debt management, public safety and the environment.

  • Parks and Recreation

    Provides a tour of Illinois state parks, natural areas, conservation areas, recreation areas, and fish and wildlife areas. Also provides information on camping, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, state park lodges and resorts, interpretive programs and hundreds of great ideas for places to visit and things to do in outdoor Illinois.

  • State Archives

    The State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values. Its collections do not include manuscript, newspaper, or other nonofficial sources.

  • State Library

    The Illinois State Library is the official library for state government. Today, the State Library has become a computer-age doorway to worldwide information, providing patrons with an electronic bridge to the collections of universities, public and corporate libraries, and new information systems that will continue to develop into the 21st century and beyond.

  • State Museum

    The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Museum is headquartered in Springfield with branch facilities throughout the state.

Illinois Boards and Commissions

  • Board of Elections

    Provides information on elections for voters, candidates, committees, businesses, reporters, educators and local election officials.

  • Capital Development Board

    The Capital Development Board (CDB) is the construction management arm of Illinois’ state government. CDB oversees the design and construction of new elementary and high schools, college and university facilities, public safety centers, museums and historic sites, state recreation areas, health centers, office buildings and prisons.

  • Community College Board

    The Illinois Community College Board, as the state coordinating board for community colleges, administers the Public Community College Act in a manner that maximizes the ability of the community colleges to serve their communities.

  • Illinois Arts Council

    The Illinois Arts Council is governed by up to twenty-one private citizens chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and appointed by the Governor. Council members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures.

  • Illinois Civil Service Commission

    The Civil Service Commission (CSG) is a 5-member body established by the Personnel Code. It is an integral part of the State of Illinois system of personnel administration based on merit principles and scientific method. Generally, CSC hears and determines employee appeals of discharges, suspensions, transfers, allocations, layoffs and demotions. The Commission also approves or disapproves proposed additions or amendments to the Personnel Rules or position classification plan. The Commission has the authority to direct compliance in writing with the requirements of the Personnel Code or Rules when a violation is found.

  • Illinois Commerce Commission

    The ICC's mission is to pursue an appropriate balance between the interest of consumers and existing and emerging service providers to ensure the provision of adequate, efficient, reliable, safe and least-cost public utility services.

  • Illinois Finance Authority

    The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) is a self-financed, state authority principally engaged in issuing taxable and tax-exempt bonds, making loans, and investing capital for businesses, non-profit corporations, agriculture and local government units statewide.

  • Illinois Gaming Board

    The Riverboat Gambling Act created the Illinois Gaming Board. The five-member board, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, administers a regulatory and tax collection system for riverboat casino gambling in Illinois. The Board assures the integrity of riverboat gambling through the regulatory oversight of casino operations and the licensing of suppliers and employees of riverboat gambling operations.

  • Illinois Liquor Control Commission

    The Illinois Liquor Control Commission includes the Licensing Division; the Investigations Division; the Legal Division; the Industry Education Division; the Tobacco Program; the under 21 Program; and the BASSET Program.

  • Illinois Pollution Control Board

    The Board is an independent agency responsible for adopting Illinois' environmental regulations and deciding contested environmental cases. The mission of the Board is to restore, protect, and enhance the environment for all Illinois citizens, the Board promulgates environmental regulations and standards; and adjudicates contested environmental cases, serving as a public forum to resolve environmental issues and providing consistent interpretation of the Environmental Protection Act to enhance voluntary compliance.

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission

    The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is a one-stop financial aid center, offering a comprehensive array of programs and services. Resources are provided to help students and their families plan for college, find and apply to the schools that are right for them, and finance an education with assistance from scholarships, grants, and student loans.

  • Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

    Workers' compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by employers to workers who experience job-related injuries or diseases. The Commission operates the state court system for workers' compensation cases. A case is first tried by an arbitrator, whose decision may be reviewed by a panel of three commissioners.

  • Property Tax Appeal Board

    The Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) is a quasi-judicial body made up of five Members and a professional staff which serves the Board. The Board determines only the correct assessment of property. The amount of your tax bill or the tax rate used to compute it are determined by local county officials and may not be appealed to the Board. Likewise, the Board cannot exempt your property from taxation.

  • State Board of Education

    The Illinois State Board of Education will provide leadership, assistance, resources and advocacy so that every student is prepared to succeed in careers and postsecondary education, and share accountability for doing so with districts and schools.

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