Public Notice Law

Public notices inform citizens of the everyday activities of government. From government spending to developing new policies, it is important for people to be informed of actions taken by public officials that affect citizens’ everyday lives. Public Notices are essential to a democracy and an informed citizenry. Without Public Notices, citizens cannot properly and adequately make informed decisions.

While the Internet is a great resource for information, public notices have been and remain most effective in newspapers. Newspapers are the watchdogs of their local communities and can most effectively monitor the actions of their respective local governments. This not only allows local residents to be informed but it also forces local public officials to be held accountable. Additionally, Notices in newspapers are permanent records that cannot be altered or deleted. They are also more accessible as anyone can have access to a newspaper as opposed to the internet.

In Illinois, legislators recognized the importance of maintaining an accountable and transparent government by first requiring the publishing of Public Notices in newspapers followed by uploading them to one centralized website. Effective December 31, 2012, Illinois law will require that all public notices and legal advertisements published in Illinois newspapers be uploaded to a centralized web site maintained by a majority of Illinois newspapers. This is to be done at no additional cost to any government entity. This site,, meets the requirements of the new law and will be maintained by the Illinois Press Association which represents nearly 500 Illinois newspapers.

The bottom line, you will soon find every legal and public notice published in Illinois on this site.

Illinois’ Public Notice law is found in Chapter 715 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes and can be found by clicking here.

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