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Although Prairie State lawyers have written extensively on the rights and obligations arising under various laws, we include here only our “signature” publications.  These are the online guides listed below, which provide extensive, but neatly organized, information covering an assortment of different legal subject matter.   These publications cover disability law, landlord-tenant law, elder law, and consumer law.  In the near future, we expect to produce similar guides in the areas of family law, public benefits, and mortgage foreclosure.  We update these publications, by expanding or changing their content, on a regular basis.

Disclaimer:  Our publications are intended only as a general guide to certain federal and Illinois laws and programs affecting the rights and obligations of Illinois residents. They are not intended to replace the need for a lawyer to provide the kind of advice and representation that may be appropriate or necessary for your particular circumstances.   Indeed, many of the laws and procedures described in our publications are complex and require experienced legal counsel.

Prairie State Legal Services Signature Publications

The Guidebook of Laws and Programs for People with Disabilities

Renter’s Handbook

Fair Housing Insert

Senior Citizen’s Handbook: Laws and Programs Affecting Senior Citizens in Illinois

When You Owe Money: A Guide for Illinois Consumers

Note:  When you click on the links for the publications shown above, you will be taken away from this website and will be directed to the website of Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO).  At ILAO, you can find a wealth of legal educational material in addition to our signature publications. is a website that provides low-income and vulnerable Illinois residents with:

  • Easy to use information about your legal rights and responsibilities
  • Quick referrals to free and low cost legal services offices
  • Easy to use interactive forms
  • Self-help instructions for common legal problems
  • Legal information in Spanish
  • Informative videos. 

Click the link to go to the Illinois Legal Aid Online homepage.