State and Local Government Collection

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Since 1971, Northwestern University has been a depository for Illinois state documents. We also house a selective collection of basic reference publications from other states.

Though Northwestern University is not a depository for Chicago municipal documents, our local collection contains items from Chicago, such as city budgets, annual financial reports, municipal codes, and demographic reports, as well as some documents from Cook County. The Chicago Public Library's central library (Harold Washington Library) probably has the most comprehensive Chicago municipal documents collection.