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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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Illinois Free Court Records Search

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  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Northern District of Illinois
    Case Number:18-32217
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Northern District of Illinois
    Case Number:18-32216
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Northern District of Illinois
    Case Number:3:18-cv-50359
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Northern District of Illinois
    Case Number:1:18-cv-07588
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Northern District of Illinois
    Case Number:1:18-cr-00777-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Central District of Illinois
    Case Number:1:18-cr-10063-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov

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  • Q: How do I find my deceased parents marriage and divorce papers? (Illinois)
    By Mare
    Jun 01, 2018
  • Q: Where to find info re:hostage/suicide summerfield il. Looking to buy
    By GiGi
    Sep 26, 2016
    Reply:

    Sounds like a big incident, you may be able to find a press release about it, can't tell you since you didn't mention the area, but you can look into the local library using their old periodicals.

    By nancybell
    May 19, 2017
  • Q: How do I find court records and newspaper articles regarding a murder in 1981? I know the murderer's name,dob,exactly when and where crime took place
    By Margaret
    Sep 13, 2016
    Reply:

    Libraries carry periodicals going back many years, sometimes they're on microfish or if they've updated, in the database. Many researchers use this method, including journalists. That is if there was an article about it. Smaller, local papers are more likely to have it.

    By danrj
    Nov 18, 2016
  • Q: Does a sex offender live on maple dr in caseyville illinois
    By Gay
    Jul 21, 2016
    Reply:

    Go to Illinois State Police's sex offender registry. Once you're on that page, you will see an image on the top right of the page that says "Map Your Neighborhood", which will take you to a map which is mostly blank without icons. There's a search box on the top left that says "Find address or place". Once you enter the city in that search box, you will see icons pop up on the map, and the names to the right. Above the names, you have an option to choose the size of the area you wish to search.

    By adm
    Jul 21, 2016
  • Q: How do I access death records?
    By Susan
    Jun 09, 2016
    Reply:

    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 are "often used for genealogy or research, are for informational use only and cannot be used for legal purposes". There's a link on the IDPH's website "Researchers", which gives 2 options on how to get the death records, for informational purposes only.

    By adm
    Jun 09, 2016
  • Q: How do I know if there are sex offenders in my neighborhood
    By stacie
    Apr 29, 2016
    Reply:

    Go to Illinois state police website and it will give you info for your neighborhood

    By Krissy
    May 29, 2016
  • Q: How do I find if a person has been divorced in the past twenty years?
    By Lynn
    May 10, 2016
    Reply:

    You can look into the county's case files, either online or on site. Start with free searches for cases online, LaSalle county offers that service openly along with other, usually larger/ more populated counties, smaller counties don't always have their own site.

    By adm
    May 27, 2016
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Illinois Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Illinois Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • is wanted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for: VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION DOB: – 2/19/77        5’ 6” TALL      180 LBS BROWN HAIR AND GREEN EYES LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1200 Block of Hampshire, Quincy, IL This fugitive featured is wanted as of October 2, 2018. Photos of
    October 03, 2018
    Source: quincycrimestoppers.com
  • is wanted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for: FAILURE TO APPEAR – POSSESSION OF METH FAILURE TO APPEAR – BURGLARY FAILURE TO APPEAR – CARRY/POSSESS A FIREARM FAILURE TO APPEAR – DRIVING ON SUSPENDED DL DOB: – 12/27/80        5’ 8” TALL      170 LBS BROWN HAIR AND BLUE EYES LAST
    September 26, 2018
    Source: quincycrimestoppers.com
  • is wanted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for: FAILURE TO APPEAR – BURGLARY, DECEPTIVE PRACTICE, VIOLATION OF ORDER OF PROTECTION, THEFT OVER $500 DOB: – 9/16/71        5’ 10” TALL      130 LBS BROWN HAIR AND BLUE EYES LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1000 Block of Ohio, Quincy, IL This fugitive featured is
    August 14, 2018
    Source: quincycrimestoppers.com
  • is wanted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for: FAILURE TO APPEAR – POSSESSION OF METH DOB: – 3/30/92        5’ 5” TALL      130 LBS BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3300 Block of Chestnut, Quincy, IL This fugitive featured is wanted as of August 7, 2018.
    August 08, 2018
    Source: quincycrimestoppers.com
  • is wanted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for: FAILURE TO APPEAR – RETAIL THEFT AND DOMESTIC BATTERY DOB: – 12/29/86        6’ 2” TALL      200 LBS BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1400 Block of Adams, Quincy, IL This fugitive featured is wanted as of July 10, 2018.
    July 10, 2018
    Source: quincycrimestoppers.com
  • is wanted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for: FAILURE TO APPEAR – AGGRAVATED BATTERY DOB: – 9/13/80        5’ 3” TALL      150 LBS BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1000 Block of Ohio, Quincy, IL This fugitive featured is wanted as of June 19, 2018.
    June 22, 2018
    Source: quincycrimestoppers.com

Illinois Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Jakita Phyfiher
    Jakita Phyfiher, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/24/2018. Missing From Chicago, Il. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Chicago Police Department (illinois) 1-312-747-5789.
    November 15, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Nigia Woods
    Nigia Woods, Age Now: 20, Missing: 10/19/2018. Missing From Chicago, Il. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Chicago Police Department (illinois) 1-312-747-5789.
    November 05, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Marcus Hurt
    Marcus Hurt, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/05/2018. Missing From Bloomington, Il. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Lisle Police Department (illinois) 1-630-271-4200.
    November 02, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Ashley Hardt
    Ashley Hardt, Age Now: 13, Missing: 10/08/2018. Missing From Rockford, Il. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Rockford Police Department (illinois) 1-779-500-6457.
    October 25, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Chloe Swank
    Chloe Swank, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/06/2018. Missing From Mt. Vernon, Il. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Mount Vernon Police Department (illinois) 1-618-242-2131.
    October 11, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Jasmine Dixon
    Jasmine Dixon, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/14/2018. Missing From Chicago, Il. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Chicago Police Department (illinois) 1-312-747-5789.
    October 10, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

Illinois Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Illinois Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

Illinois Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/16/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    47,663
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    685
  • Rape:
    4,159
  • Robbery:
    15,299
  • Aggravated Assault:
    27,520
  • Total Property Crime:
    267,385
  • Burglary:
    50,008
  • Larceny Theft:
    199,926
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    17,451

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
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    874,540
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    25,469,026
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Illinois
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    1,124,087
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    10%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    5%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    5%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    31%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    257,760,713
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    231,082,768
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    165,450,520
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,947
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Illinois territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    10,859
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    2,100,663
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    26,775,100
  • Size in square miles of land
    55,584
  • Population per square mile
    231
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