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ARTICLE I. Boundaries.


Bill of Rights. Section 1. Inherent and inalienable rights. 2. Due process of law. 3. Liberty of conscience guaran

teed. 4. Freedom of speech.-Libel. 5. Right of trial by jury. 6. Unreasonable searches and seiz

ures. 7. Bail allowed.-Writ of habeas

corpus. 8. Indictment required. - Grand

jury. 9. Rights of persons accused of



Legislative Department. 1. General Assembly. 2. Elections - Vacancies. 3. Who are eligible. 4. Disqualification by crime. 5. Oath of officers, 6. Senatorial appointment. 7. and 8. Representatives — (Inop

erative.) 7. and 8. Minority representation, 9. Time of meeting - General rules. 10. Open sessions Adjournments

- Journals - Protests. 11. Style of laws. 12. Origin and passage of bills. 13. Reading Printing Title


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Section 14. Privileges of members. 15. Disabilities of members. 16. Appropriations. 17. Payment of money.-Statement

of expenses. 18. Ordinary expenses

Casual de ficits — Appropriations limited. 19. Extra compensation allow

ance. 20. Public credit not loaned. 21. Pay and mileage of members. 22. Special legislation prohibited. 23. Against release from liability. 24. Proceedings on impeachment. 25. Fuel, stationery and printing. 26. State not to be sued. 27. Lotteries and gift enterprises. 28. Terms of office not extended. 29. Protection of miners. 30. Concerning roads - Public and

private. 31. Draining and, ditching. 32. Homestead and exemption laws. 33. Completion of the State house.


Executive Department. 1. Officers — Terms. 2. State Treasurer. 3. Time of electing State officers. 4. Returns Tie - Contested elec

tion, 5. Eligibility for office. 6. Governors Powers and duty. 7. His message and statement. 8. Convening the General Assem

bly. 9. Proroguing the General Assem

bly. 10. Nominations by the Governor. 11. Vacancies may be filled. 12. Removals by the Governor. 13. Reprieves - Commutations-Par

dons. 14. Governor Commander-in

Chief, 15. Impeachment of officers. 16. Veto power. 17. Lieutenant-Governor. 18. President of the Senate. 19. Vacancy in Governor's office. 20. Vacancy in other State offices.

21. Reports of State officers.
22. Great seal of Illinois.
23. Fees and salaries.
24. Definition of " office."
25. Oath of civil officers.


Judicial Department. 1. Courts established. 2. Supreme Court.-Jurisdiction. 3. Qualifications of a Supreme

Judge. 4. Terms of the Supreme Court. 5. Grand divisions.--Districts. 6. Election of Supreme Judges. 7. Salaries of the Supreme Judges. 8. Appeals and writs of error. 9. Reporter. 10. Clerks of the Supreme Court. 11. Appellate courts authorized. 12. Circuit courts.-Jurisdiction. 13. Judicial circuits. 14. Time of holding Circuit Courts. 15. Judges.-Increase. 16. Salaries of the Circuit judges. 17. Qualifications of judges and

county commissioners. 18. County judges.-County clerks. 19. Appeals from county courts. 20. Probate courts authorized. 21. Justices of the peace and con

stables. 22. State's attorney in each county. 23. Cook Coun Courts of Record. 24. Chief justice.-Power of judges. 25. Salaries of the judges. 26. Criminal Court of Cook county. 27. Clerks of Cook County Court. 28. Justices in Chicago. 29. Uniformity in the courts. 30. Removal of any judge. 31. Judges to make written reports. 32. Terms of office.-Filling vacan

cies. 33. Process.- Prosecutions.-.Population.


Suffrage. 1. Qualification of voters. 2. All voting to be by ballot. 3. Privileges of electors.


Section 4. Voting residence. 5. Soldiers in United States army. 6. Qualification for office. 7. Persons convicted of crime.



Education, 1. Free schools. 2. Gifts or grants in aid of schools. 3. Aid to sectarian schools pro

hibited. 4. Sale of text books Teachers

and officers. 5. County superintendent of



Corporations. Section 1. Organization of corporations. 2. Existing charters. 3. Election of directors or

agers. 4. Construction of street railroads. 5. State bank forbidden.-General

law. 6. Liability of bank stockholders. 7. Suspension of specie payment. 8. Of a general banking law. 9. Railroad.-Transfer offices, re

ports. 10. Personal property of railroads. 11. Consolidations. 12. Railroads deemed highways.-

Rates fixed. 13. Stocks, bonds and dividends. 14. Power over existing companies. 15. Freight and passenger tariffs




1. Taxation shall be uniform. 2. Other and further taxation. 3. Property exempt from taxation. 4. Sale of real property for taxes. 5. Right of redemption. 6. Release from taxation forbidden. 7. Taxes paid into State treasury. 8. Limitation on county taxes. 9. Local municipal improvements. 10. Municipal taxation. 11. Defaulting officers. 12. Limitation of municipal indebt



Militia. 1. Persons liable to duty. 2. Organization-Equipment-Disci

pline, 3. Officers. 4. Privileged from arrest. 5. Records, etc., preservation. 6. Exemption from duty.





1. New counties. 2. Division of any county. 3. Attaching or detaching territory. 4. Removal of county seats. 5. County government. 6. Board of county commissioners. 7. County affairs in Cook county. 8. County officers – Terms of office. 9. Salaries and fees in Cook county. 10. Salaries fixed by county, board. 11. Township officers' fees. 12. Officers' fees. 13. Sworn reports of fees.

1. Public warehouses. 2. Weekly statements required. 3. Examination of property stored. 4. Delivery of full weights. 5. Delivery of grain by railroads. 6. Warehouse receipts. 7. Grain inspection.


Amendments to the Constitution. 1. By a convention. 2. Proposed by the Legislature.


PREAMBLE. We, the people of the State of Ilinois - grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations — in order to form a more perfect govern. ment, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois.


Boundaries. The boundaries and jurisdiction of the State shall be as follows, to wit: Beginning at the mouth of the Wabash river; thence up the same and with the line of Indiana to the northwest corner of said State; thence east with the line of the same State to the middle of Lake Michigan; thence north along the middle of said lake to north latitude forty-two degrees and thirty minutes; thence west to the middle of the Mississippi river, and thence down along the middle of that river to its confluence with the Ohio river, and thence up the latter river along its northwestern shore to the place of beginning: Provided, that this State shall exercise such jurisdiction upon the Ohio river as she is now entitled to, or such as may hereafter be agreed upon by this State and the State of Kentucky.


Bill of Rights. Section 1. All men are by nature free and independent, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sec. 2. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

Sec. 3. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right,

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