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Law and Government



All eResources require a 14-digit Northbrook Public Library card number for access. Questions? Call the library at (847) 272-6224.

  • This archive gives weekly in-depth articles on current, controversial issues.   Pros & cons, background information and much more is included for each issue.

  • OCLC catalog of online electronic books available through libraries worldwide.

  • A collection of reference books that deal with world governments and their laws.

  • Print or download common legal forms, including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant, and more.

  • Legal materials available for use in the library only.

Illinois State Bar Association - Consumer Legal Guides 
Gateway page to a variety of guides prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association on consumer legal topics: 

          Health - power of attorney, patient rights, living wills and more
          Family - marriage, divorce, children, pets and more
          Home -  buying and selling your home, leases, landlord, tenant, and more
          Car - DUI / traffic, auto insurance, auto accidents and more
          Money -  bankruptcy, debt and more
 Work -  employee contracts, starting a business and more
          Estate Planning - wills, living trusts, joint tenancy and more     

Illinois State Bar Association Legal Brochures 
An alphabetical list of consumer brochures and pamphlets on a variety of legal topics 

Illinois Legal Aid 
Provides information to Illinois residents about available legal services for non-criminal problems and provides client educational materials.

Southern Illinois University College of Law Self-Help Center 
The SIU School of Law’s Self-Help Legal Center assists the public, specifically those who cannot afford an attorney and are not eligible for free legal services, in accessing the justice system by offering literature, referral organizations and live assistance to the public. 

Legal Resources in the Chicago Area (pdf) 

Social Security Online Services

IRS Tax Forms and Publications

State of Illinois Tax Forms and Publications

Illinois Secretary of State (Drivers Licenses, Rules of the Road, License Plates)

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Contacting the Congress
Extensive contact information for reaching members of Congress; includes Congressional Leadership lists as well as Committees and Subcommittees. 

Project Vote Smart
Information on over 13,000 state and national politicians, including biographies, voting records, offices, web sites and committees.

Cook County Election Information
Suburban Cook County voter registration information, sample ballots and polling places.

Illinois State Board of Elections
Voter information, candidate filings and referendum results.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Law Shelf
Full text reference books concerning various aspects of the law.  Click on "Law" to open the list of available reference books.  Titles include:

* American Law Yearbook 2009: A Guide to the Year's Major Legal Cases and Developments , 2010

* Capital Punishment: Cruel and Unusual? , 2006

* Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of the American Government , 3v,  2005

* Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning , 2nd ed.,  3v,  2008

* Crime and Punishment in America Reference Library , 5v,  2005

* Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2002

* Encyclopedia of the American Constitution , 2nd ed.,  6v,  2000

* Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States , 5v,  2008

* Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006

* Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: Government and Politics , 2v,  2008

* Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Governments , 2v,  2008

* Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizens' Rights and Responsibilities , 4v,  2006

* Major Acts of Congress , 3v,  2004

* National Survey of State Laws , 6th ed.,  2008

* National Survey of State Laws , 5th ed.,  2005

* Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America , 4v,  2001

* West's Encyclopedia of American Law , 2nd ed.,  13v,  2004

* World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2007

Free Online Books on Legal Topics for Consumers

Full text online books from Nolo Press.  Covers various topics such as renters' rights, foreclosure survival guide, small claims court, traffic tickets and more.


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