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Start with comprehensive state and local primary law content

LexisNexis has Illinois state cases online faster than Westlaw over 98% of the time,* and LexisNexis offers 84 more years of Illinois Attorney General Opinions than Westlaw.* We also offer 159 Illinois municipal codes, while Westlaw offers no Illinois municipal codes.*

The Public Utilities Reports (PUR) are exclusive to LexisNexis. The PUR, with its synopses and headnotes, has become the “gold standard” for attorneys practicing in the areas of energy, utilities or telecommunications law.

Analyze this—expert treatises and practice guides

Get straight to the point with expert insight and timesaving forms. Access proven practice guides written by Illinois practitioners. Explore legal issues and trends discussed in law reviews from across the state.

See the full list of Illinois treatises and practice guides

Enjoy 20/20 foresight with access to more verdicts & settlements

Do you take the case or pass? Compared to Westlaw, LexisNexis has 32 percent more Illinois verdicts and settlements* to help you better assess case value and limit your risk of exposure.

Get the facts fast from our unmatched news and legal news collection

Stay current with must-have state news sources like Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Bulletin … and over 26,000 regional and national sources.

Connect people, property and businesses with unrivaled public records

Locate elusive parties, research business records and identify assets in Illinois with our frequently updated collection of public records. We have 78 billion public records … and counting.

See how our public records collection stacks up to Westlaw*:

  • LexisNexis Judgment and Lien records go back further than Westlaw in 82% of Illinois counties and also cover a wider range of time in 81% of Illinois counties.*
  • LexisNexis State Criminal Court records go back further and cover a wider range of time than Westlaw for Illinois.*
  • LexisNexis Real Property Tax Assessors records are updated more frequently than Westlaw in 100% of counties in Illinois.*
  • LexisNexis UCC filings go back further and cover a wider range of time than Westlaw for Illinois.*
  • LexisNexis offers Driverse License records for Illinois, while Westlaw does not.*

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*Comparison data based on information available as of September and October 2017.

Due to the nature and origin of public record information, the public records and commercially available data sources used in reports may contain errors. The LexisNexis Public Records services are not provided by “consumer reporting agencies,” as that term is defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. §, et seq.) (“FCRA”) and do not constitute “consumer reports,” as that term is defined in the FCRA. Accordingly, these LexisNexis services may not be used in whole or in part as a factor in determining eligibility for credit, insurance, employment or another eligibility purpose in connection with which a consumer report may be used under the FCRA.