Legal Resources

Northern Illinois University

NIU General Counsel's Office  - NIU constitution and by-laws

Government – Local (City, County)

City of DeKalb  – Government, services,  business resources, departments

City of DeKalb Municipal Code –  Municipal ordinances by subject

DeKalb County Government  – County offices, judiciary, townships, elections, county board

Government – State of Illinois

Office of the Governor of Illinois  

Illinois Courts  

Illinois General Assembly - Illinois General Assembly, Illinois compiled statutes, state laws arranged by subject, list of state senators and representatives

Municode - Connecting you and your citizens

Government – Federal  – The most comprehensive search of government services anywhere on the Internet, including government agencies, federal laws arranged by subject and the Code of Federal Regulations governing federal administrative agencies and executive orders  – President of the United States

United States Senate  

United States House of Representatives  

United States Courts 

Federal Register  - Official text of federal laws, presidential documents,  administrative regulations and notices

Law Enforcement

City of DeKalb Police Department

Illinois State Police 

Legal Self-Help

Illinois Legal Aid Online  

American Bar Association - Division for Legal Services  

Chicago Bar Association  

Consumer Information

Office of the Illinois Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division - Helps Illinois consumers who have been victims of fraud, deception or unfair methods of competition

Illinois Commerce Commission – Oversees financial and service aspects of investor-owned electric, gas, telephone, water and sewer utilities; trucking insurance certificates; household goods moving firms; towing relocation; rail crossing safety; telecommunications programs for the deaf and hearing impaired and 9-1-1 emergency services systems– Free on-line consumer information, including the latest product recalls and scams and updates of consumer news and notes from Federal agencies

Better Business Bureau – Helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust

National Consumer Law Center – Advocate for low-income consumer justice and leading expert on low-income consumer issues like repossessions, debt collection abuses, electronic benefits transfers, home improvement frauds, usury, bankruptcy, utility terminations, school loans, payday loans, sustainable home ownership and inadequate fuel assistance benefits


City of DeKalb Title VI Complaint Form– File a complaint regarding discrimination in real estate, financial transactions, public accommodations or employment based on race, creed, color, gender, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, matriculation or sexual orientation

Illinois Human Rights Commission – Promotes freedom from unlawful discrimination as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act. The Act forbids discrimination based on: sex, age, race, color, religion, arrest record, marital status, sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, citizenship status (with regard to employment), national origin, ancestry, unfavorable military discharge, familial status (with respect to real estate transactions), military status, sexual harassment and orders of protection

Illinois Department of Human Rights – Administers the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), age 40 and over, marital status, physical or mental handicap, military service or unfavorable military discharge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Coordinates federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies. Any individual who believes he or she has been discriminated against in employment may file an administrative charge with the EEOC.

United States Commission on Civil Rights – Independent, bipartisan, fact-finding agency investigating complaints about voting rights; alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin; or in the administration of justice

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Services to victims of domestic violence including crisis telephone counseling, temporary shelter for the victim and their dependent children; peer and professional counseling; getting community resources, employment skills and work referrals

Safe Passage - DeKalb County domestic abuse program, 815-756-5228

NIU Health Services - Emergency treatment and medical follow-up as needed, 815-753-1311

NIU Police and Public Safety - Investigation of reported on-campus cases of sexual assault and follow-up investigation, 815-753-1212

City of DeKalb Police Department - Investigation of reported off-campus cases of sexual assault and follow-up investigation, 815-748-8400

NIU Counseling and Consultation Services - Face-to-face counseling and follow-up support for the victim and counseling for secondary victims of sexual assault, 815-753-1206

NIU Student Conduct- Administrative disciplinary review of a sexual assault, and when judged appropriate, temporary sanctions for the victim's safety, 815-753-1571

Driver Services

Office of the Illinois Secretary of State – State motorist services including driver’s license application and renewal, vehicle registration and licensing; business registration and regulation; and government records

Illinois Department of Insurance – Protects the rights of Illinois citizens in their insurance transactions, administration and enforcement of the Illinois Insurance Code, the Illinois Pension Code and related laws and regulations


Illinois Department of Labor – Enforces labor laws for all Illinois workers (organized and unorganized); resolves employee-employer disputes and enforces occupational safety and health standards

Illinois Workers Compensation Commission – State court for workers' compensation cases

United States Department of Labor – Administers Federal labor laws including workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions;  minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support

Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Assures safe and healthful working conditions

Freedom of Speech Rights

American Civil Liberties Union – Nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that defends civil liberties

Freedom Forum – Nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people

Student Press Law Center – Advocate for student free press rights and provides information, advice and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them

Government Benefits

Illinois Department of Human Services – Administers state welfare programs, Rehabilitative Services for the physically and mentally challenged, the Office of Mental Health, and the Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

Illinois Department of Public Aid – Provides medical assistance to low income, elderly and disabled individuals; ensures children receive financial support they are entitled to from absent parents

Social Security Administration – Administers federal retirement, survivors and disability insurance programs; Supplemental Security Income for the aged, blind and disabled; and black lung benefits program


Illinois Housing Development Authority – Assistance for home buyers, communities, developers, lenders and realtors

National Housing Law Project – Advancing housing justice for the poor by increasing and preserving the supply of decent affordable housing, expanding and enforcing low-income tenants' and homeowners' rights and increasing opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities


US Citizenship and Immigration Services – Responsible for enforcing laws regulating the admission of foreign-born persons to the United States and administering various immigration benefits; information about admission to the United States, applications for citizenship and permanent residency

American Immigrant Lawyers Association – National bar association of attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law

National Immigration Project – Network of immigration lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers, and legal workers who work to end unlawful immigration practices, recognize contributions of immigrants in this country, promote fair immigration practices and expand civil and human rights of all immigrants, regardless of their status in the United States

National Immigration Legal Services Directory - Search by zip code for immigration assistance by not-for-profits.

Illinois Immigration Services Directory - An alliance of more than 100 public and private organizations advocating for immigrants and refugees in Illinois

Non-profit agency referral - Free or low-cost assistance with immigration matters

Juvenile Services

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services – Information to help you navigate the state's child welfare system

Adoption Center of Illinois – Adoption resource exchange with four primary service programs: adoption listing and matching services, adoption information and referral services, post adoption and guardianship information and referral services and foster parent information and referral services

Court Appointed Special Advocates Association – Non-profit membership organization which advocates for abused and neglected children

Substance Abuse Counseling (Drugs/Alcohol)

NIU Counseling and Consultation Services

Counseling and Psychiatry at KishHealth

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Illinois Department of Human Services - Addiction

Student Resources

Illinois Student Assistance Commission – Student financial aid information and guidance; administers state and federal grant, scholarship, loan and prepaid tuition programs

Student Loan Borrower Assistance- Information about student loans

US Department of Education – Student loans, grants, laws and data