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Reading Statute Citations
Illinois Statutes are published in a document called, "Illinois Compiled Statutes," (shortened to ILCS).
This list organizes statutes by topic, called a chapter.
Each chapter is made of different acts, which specify subtopics of the chapter.
Each act is broken down into different sections containing individual statutes.
the statute 750 ILCS 5/212 can be read as:
Chapter 750 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, which discusses issues regarding families
Act 5, which discusses the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
Section 212, which deals with Prohibited Marriages.
Below is a visual example of how to read statutes:
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