Illinois Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Illinois Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
  • How do I find court records and newspaper articles regarding an old murder in Illinois?
    Libraries carry periodicals going back many years; sometimes, they're on micro fish or, if 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.
  • How do I find in Illinois if a person has been divorced in the past twenty years?
    You can look into the county's case files online or on-site. Start with free searches for cases online; LaSalle county offers that service openly along with others, usually larger/ more populated counties; smaller counties don't always have their site.
  • How do I know in Illinois if there are sex offenders in my neighborhood?
    Go to the Illinois state police website, and it will give you info for your neighborhood.
  • Where can I find in Illinois if there is an active warrant for my arrest?
    Some counties, such as Will county, have a sheriff's office warrant search. Which county?
  • Where can I find contact information for the owner of a property next door in Illinois?
    Assessors in Illinois provide the public with property information; some charge, and others don't. Depending on the county, they can be readily available online such as in DuPage. However, Cook and Champaign charge a fee. Some of the assessor's sites that charge will show some information about the property before asking to place the order.
  • How can I determine if my son has filed for a divorce in Illinois?
    If you don't need an official copy, you can get a verification from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Vital Records Division. You can request by mail, fax, or in person. The verification only shows the names, DOBs, date of the divorce, and location. The courthouse also has divorce records; however, you need to know which county the divorce was filed in; there are 102 counties in Illinois. Official divorce records are not available from the IDPH; they can verify that it was granted for a small fee, around five dollars. The verification from the IDPH covers the dissolution of marriages from 1962; it is done by providing the names, DOBs, date of divorce, and location of the divorce. If you need official divorce records, you can go to the individual circuit court clerks of the county where it occurred. You can view a list and access either of these with the links on the page below. The Illinois Court Record link will take you to the state's court home page, and from there, you can access the circuit court clerk individually. For the verification, you can use the link to birth records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce records are usually provided by the same departments) and access the webpage where the verification can be requested.
  • Where can I find a 78-83-year-old individual named David Arthur Moore in Illinois?
    One of the crucial parts of starting a successful search is knowing which area to look at, such as in the county or city. Even if it is an old residence. With common names, it isn't easy to point out which one is the right person. Therefore, you must use something about the unique person that would appear on public records. An example is the person's age; there are far fewer people in the age group you've described, which makes it easier. The keyword is 'people search' or any similar to look for databases of names and residences. Knowing the age/age span and the middle initial should be enough help. Other visitors may be able to help by knowing in which city or area the person was last known to be.
  • Where can I find in Illinois an index that lists deaths by location?
    Recorded deaths? As in homicides? Crime mapping shows incidents/crimes, including assault and homicides, from one street to another. All areas are not covered; however, larger cities are generally offered.
  • Where can I find in Illinois a transfer of a deed on a property that was foreclosed?
    Which county? Many private sites offer varieties of lists of foreclosed homes and properties; however, if you are looking for a government source to check also, the county of Lake, for example, shows foreclosed property sales, sales schedule, most recent sales, and bidder and homeowner information.
  • Where can I find in Illinois how many felons live in my county?
    Which county? Statistics use the data of where the crime occurs rather than where the criminal lives. However, there are sources, sex offenders, warrants, and wanted lists that show their last known location. Depending on the county, the law enforcement agency can make arrests on crime mapping.
  • Where can I find in Illinois what criminal sexual assault means?
    "Sec. 11-1.20. Criminal Sexual Assault" can be found by looking up the Illinois compiled statutes on the Illinois General Assembly's website. Look for CRIMINAL OFFENSES (720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 2012; within that database, you can find links to general definitions and major sex offenses, which should help define them.
  • Where can I find the law that gives the County the right to tax my property in Illinois?
    The Illinois Department of Revenue explains property taxes here on their website. "Illinois Property Tax System - Illinois Department of Revenue" should appear among the first on your search engine results. It is a pdf that tells about the tax better for some than the codes alone (such as 35 ILCS 200/ Property Tax Code. - Illinois General Assembly). You can also find the PDF by going to the department's website and accessing their publications with a link on their left menu titled "Publications." After clicking "All Other Publications" on that webpage, you will see two helpful links, 1. PTAX-1004 - The Illinois Property Tax System and PIO-16 - An Overview of Property Tax.
  • Where can I find in Illinois if someone is divorced?
    Most state health departments provide divorce/vital records, or dissolution of marriage, as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) names it. The IDPH can only verify facts such as the names of persons divorcing, dates of birth, event, and the location of the divorce from 1962 to the present index date. For official (certified) copies, you need to contact the county's circuit court clerk where the divorce occurred/was granted. A list of all circuit court clerks can be viewed online by clicking on the link 'Illinois Court Records:' on the home page, you will see the 'Courts' tab, select 'circuit,' then click on #3 Circuit Court Clerks/Contact Information, and you will see a list of all clerks and their contact information.