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The Legislative Research Unit was established (as the Illinois Legislative Council) in 1937, as the chief general research agency for the Illinois General Assembly.

LRU provides nonpartisan, objective, documented, and timely information. We are authorized to do research only for members of the General Assembly or their staffs. However, several major publications are available to the public.

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Legislative Research Unit
804 Stratton Building
Springfield,  Illinois  62706
Phone: (217) 782-6851
Fax: (217) 785-7572


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The LRU tracks and maintains information on appointments to boards and commissions, federal aid received by the state, and federal grant opportunities.

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  • Constitutional Convention Referendum Resources

  • Record of Proceedings, Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention (.zip)

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Legislative Research Unit  804 Stratton Building  Springfield,  Illinois  62706  Phone: (217) 782-6851  Fax: (217) 785-7572