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The Illinois Freedom of Information Act, or the FOIA, was first enacted in 1984 and is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels. All records in the custody or possession of a public body are presumed to be open to inspection or copying. Any public body that asserts that a record is exempt from disclosure has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that it is exempt. Illinois is comprised of 102 counties. Illinois has 4,888 populated places including cities, towns and villages. Illinois has more units of local government than any other state, over 8,000 in all. The reason Illinois has so many units of government is because so many single purpose governmental entities have been created. The Uniform Conviction Information Act, UCIA. was enacted in 1991. This law makes all criminal history record convictions public information. Illinois State Police (ISP) manages the central repository for criminal history record information, CHRI in Illinois. Search for Illinois public records using the most up to date online resource. Uncover links to all Illinois state, county and city municipalities along with each area's public records and services. Read about crime statistics, census data and area demographics. Find useful links to Illinois birth, court and criminal records. View recent crime reports and current news. Request criminal records from law enforcement agencies. Research vital statistics, resident background information, business statistics, employment and income data. Uncover current real estate information, property and land values. Access any open public record in Illinois within this directory. New resources and updated often to keep you well informed.
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  • How do I access death records in Illinois?
    The Illinois secretary of state's website has a free statewide search of deaths Indexed pre-1916. The state department of health claims that death records are not public; this is what it says: "only available to those who have a personal or property right interest with the decedent." However, on the same page, there's a paragraph about uncertified "often used for genealogy or research, are for informational use only and cannot be used for legal purposes." A link on the IDPH's website, "Researchers," gives two options on how to get the death records for informational purposes only.
  • How do I get a list of Illinois divorces filed within the last two months?
    Divorces are filed in counties where the county clerk has them. If you're looking to do statewide research for statistics, then your focus should be statistical data, a different form of public record, instead of a divorce certificate/filing. Mention the county so that others can be of better and specific help.
  • Where do I find in Illinois a warrant for someone's arrest?
    There are several counties in Illinois (Lake, Adams, Carroll, and others) where warrant information in their area is published for public viewing online. Some counties, such as Peoria, search databases instead of having a pdf list of names and information. The details/data you will see are (generally) the defendant's name, offense, case number, and bond dollar amount. You may need to search around to determine the offense or charges, as there are a lot of abbreviated terms. Remember that you are searching on your own, so you will need to look around at different web pages, as even various government departments are not necessarily connected to each other's data.
  • Where can I find in Illinois, copies of the marriage certificates?
    Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records does not have marriage certificates as many other state's state health department does; the clerk in the county where the marriage occurred is where you can request certified marriage records, according to the Illinois department of health's website.
  • Where can I find it in Illinois property databases?
    Depending on the county, Illinois has property databases throughout the state. There are property tax portals from assessors/deed offices, such as the one in Cook county, which is a free online search you can use to look it up. A search can be done by either PIN or property address. The search results (from the county I searched) show the following: Property Characteristics, Tax Bill Mailing Address, assessed value history, property class description, tax billed amounts, tax history, exemptions, appeals, tax sale, documents, deeds, and liens. Other bits and pieces of published information are on the same search page.
  • Where can I find my arrest record and mug shot in Illinois?
    How to obtain arrest reports is generally mentioned on the police/sheriff department websites' records divisions; policies can differ from one department to another. Some departments offer the first copy free to the person related to the arrest. Mug shots and arrests can be seen online, but only of recent persons detained. A full report of all arrests and prosecution, called a RAP sheet, is different as it shows all arrests, not just a particular one.
  • Where can I find Illinois about free offenders' criminal records?
    It greatly depends on where the criminal search is going to be focused. First, you can look up a list of addresses to check all areas where the criminal record would be. The second issue to consider is when this occurred. If it is recent, individual county and city jails show their inmate lists online for anyone to check freely. If it is post convictions, the department of corrections offers a similar search for their inmates. You will see a mug shot, physical descriptions, and other information about the offense/charges, release, sentence, admission, parole date, and more. Crime maps are a free public source that can search incidents/arrests by city block. Along with free searches, government agencies offer various searches that are minimal in cost. Specific court records searches, such as Adams county, are also free to search. You can get a list of all circuit courts from the state judiciary.
Illinois Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Illinois Latest Crime Records (Updated 03/04/2024)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    51,561
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    832
  • Rape:
    6,078
  • Robbery:
    12,464
  • Aggravated Assault:
    32,187
  • Total Property Crime:
    233,984
  • Burglary:
    34,433
  • Larceny Theft:
    180,776
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    18,775
Illinois Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    12,830,632
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    12,419,658
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    3%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    411,339
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    12,419,293
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    893,952
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    3,177,377
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    25%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    12%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,594,473
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    9,177,877
  • State's black resident population
    1,866,414
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    43,963
  • State's Asian resident population
    586,934
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    4,050
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    289,982
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    2,027,578
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    8,167,753
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    72%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    15%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    16%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    64%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Illinois
  • Births
    180,836
  • Deaths
    100,503
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,217
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    86%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Illinois Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    13%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    21%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    86%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    30%
  • Total number of Veterans
    811,879
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Illinois
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    28 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    5,292,016
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    406,268
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    8%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    69%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $200,400
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    33%
  • Total number of households
    4,749,388
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Illinois Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $28,469
  • Statewide income of median households in Illinois
    $53,974
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    13%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $526,006
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $41,012
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    6,606,103
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    664,946
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    10%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    7,608,799
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    192,490
  • People employed by the government
    900,277
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    403,923,009
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    53,086
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    321,942
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