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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 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.
  • How do I get a list of divorces in Illinois, filed within last 2 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 as opposed to 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 a number of counties in Illinois (Lake, Adams, Carroll and others) where warrant information in their area is published for public viewing online. Some of the counties such as Peoria search databases as opposed to having a pdf list of names and information. The details/data you will see are (generally) defendant's name, offense, case number and bond dollar amount. You may need to search around to figure out the offense or charges as there are a lot of abbreviated terms. Remember that you are doing a search on your own, so you will need to look around at different webpages as even various government department are not necessarily connected to eachother'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 go about obtaining arrest reports are generally mentioned on the police/sheriff department websites' records divisions, policies can differ from one department to another. Some department offer the first copy free to the person that is related to the arrest. Mug shots and arrests can be seen online, but only of the very 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 in Illinois, about free offender's criminal records?
    Greatly depends on where the criminal search is going to be focused. First, you can look up a list of addresses to check into all areas where the criminal record would be. 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 be able to see a mug shot, physical descriptions and other information about offense/charges, release, sentence, admission, parole date and more. Crime maps are also a free public source which can search incidents/arrests by city block. Along with free searches, government agencies offer various searches that are minimal in cost. Certain court records searches are also free to search such as Adams county. You can get a list of all circuit courts from the state judiciary.
  • Where can I find in Illinois, access to and a copy of my police report and any files pertaining to my case?
    These two records mentioned are usually obtained in different places, law enforcement agencies for police reports and criminal courts for case files. Which county or area did the arrest occur? Typically larger cities have better online resources. Both, courts and law enforcement maintain websites which spell out where and how to get copies of their records from their own individual records divisions. Some police and sheriffs make the initial report free to the person(s) which was arrested. Also, if a PD or attorney can have a copy of their defendant's arrest and case file.
  • How can I find out my court date, online in Illinois?
    Which court or county? There are court calendars which show upcoming hearings, 'calendared events' as it is sometimes named. The court clerks also have filing information for the public which anyone can access, however, all courts are not the same, and on the same level. There are over one hundred counties in Illinois, they each have their own clerks which handle its filings. There are online calendars from state to local level courts. Many court clerks in Illinois maintain a webpage which shows upcoming hearings. Madison is a typical example, when you look up their county's page, you can see where the circuit court clerk lists information about cases. These different court clerk's webpages are not all the same and not always immediately found. At the state level, the state's public judicial site shows its oral argument calendars (both for either Supreme or Appellate). If you still have questions about a particular case, there is a list of court clerks by districts or circuits on the state's court webpages.
  • Where can I find recent arrests in Illinois?
    There are several ways (and probably more) to look up recent arrests. If you're looking up the entire state, you can try crime maps which show incidents street or block by block. Another method is to look at each police department's list of persons in custody, commonly known as an inmate or jail roster, and sometimes arrest logs. State police departments don't make as many arrests as local police departments. Since local police departments make most of the arrests, their records will be spread across various localities across the state. They are not reliable but can be helpful, are the online news organizations as they may not show un-eventful arrests.
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Illinois Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • 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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