The Legislative Research Unit was established (as the Illinois Legislative Council) in 1937. As the chief general research agency for the Illinois General Assembly, our statutory duties are to "collect information concerning the government and general welfare of the State, examine the effects of constitutional provisions and previously enacted statutes, consider important issues of public policy and questions of state-wide interest, and perform research and provide information as may be requested by members of the 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 (to the extent copies are available), including:
Other services include:
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