Illinois Legislative Research Unit
The Illinois Legislative Research Unit was first formed in 1937.
The statutory duty of the Legislative Research Unit (LRU): "is collect information concerning the government and general welfare of the State, examine the effects of constitutional provisions and previously enacted statutes, consider important issues of public policy and questions of state-wide interest, and perform research and provide information as may be requested by members of the General Assembly."
The Legislative Research Unit is governed by a twelve person board which is made up of six members of the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate. There is a 28 person staff consisting of an Executive Director and two assistant directors along with 25 other employees on staff.
When assistance is needed between communicating between state and federal agencies, the Illinois Legislative Research Unit tracks all grant funding applied for and assist in any case work on behalf of the state.
The Illinois Legislative Research Unit must conduct research on any constitutional amendment or a statewide question of public policy presented to the voters of Illinois.
State Board/Commission tracking
Whenever someone is nominated to a state board or commission, the Legislative Research Unit is required to track and ask from whoever made the nomination to send a report to the LRU.