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Illinois Criminal Records

There are many sources for Illinois criminal records today, depending on the specific type of information you are looking for and the reason for your search. From conducting background checks on prospective employees to finding criminal records for persons of interest in your personal life, there are criminal records in Illinois that you can easily find online. While access to some of these records is restricted to the person on the document, other files are a matter of public record and available to anyone interested in searching for and retrieving the information.

What Illinois Criminal Records are Available?

Illinois Criminal RecordsThe first step in retrieving criminal records in Illinois is understanding the types of files that are available for public scrutiny. Fingerprint files are typically offered through the Illinois State Police, and require official fingerprinting and authorization of the individual to be researched. This type of criminal record in Illinois may be required for hiring for certain types of positions, and also assists law enforcement identifying some suspects. A fee is assessed for the service, which varies based on whether the records searched will be according to name only, or official fingerprints submitted.

Inmate criminal records in Illinois are also available, which show individuals that have been incarcerated in the state. These records can be easily searched online, using the database for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Sex offender listings can also be found for the state, through the Illinois State Police. This department is mandated by law to maintain the sex offender database for the state, so that concerned individuals can access updated information in this area at any time.

The Illinois State Police, as well as the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, can help individuals run background checks for employment and other purposes. These background checks do require authorization from the individual who is the subject of the check. Background checks can be done by name only, or by a combination of name and fingerprints. Background checks can be performed by mail or online for the most convenient process.

Restrictions on Criminal Records in Illinois

Under the Uniform Conviction Information Act, any arrest that results in a conviction is a matter of public record in Illinois. This means that the information is available to any member of the general public. It is recommended that information gathered for employment or rental purposes does include authorization by the individual in question. However, name checks can be performed on any individual for any reason. It should be noted that name checks are not typically as accurate as fingerprint checks.

Individuals can also check their own criminal records in Illinois to ensure accuracy of the documents. If errors are found on the record, there are steps an individual can take to make corrections. This process is typically initiated through the Office of the State Appellate Defender or through the Illinois State Police, depending on the type of record in question and the specific corrections requested.

There are many reasons why you made need access to criminal records in Illinois. Fortunately, there are as many options for finding and retrieving the documents you need through the appropriate state office.



 
State of Illinois Resources & Statistics
Separator Line

Population:
12,563,901

 
Under 18:
3,159,199

 
Over 65:
1,781,548

 
Employed:
7,747,601

 
Land in Square Miles:
55,583.58

 
Acres of Farms:
27,833,310

 
Births:
179,020

 
Deaths:
103,974

 
Infant Deaths:
1,206

 
 
Murder:
790

 
Forcible Rape:
4,118

 
Robbery:
24,054

 
Assault:
38,818

 
Total Violent Crime:
67,780

 
Burglary:
78,968

 
Larceny \ Theft:
266,815

 
Motor Vehicle Theft:
32,572

 
Total Property Crime:
378,355

 
Illinois Criminal Records Locations
IL State Police Bureau of Identification
Civil Processing Unit
260 N Chicago St
Joliet, IL 60432-4075
Phone:
815-740-5160










Illinois Department of Corrections
PO Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794-9277
Phone:
217-522-2666 Ext. 2008

Fax:
217-524-6856










 
Illinois State Police
SOR Unit
801 S 7th Street #200 South
Springfield, IL 62794
Phone:
217-785-0653

Fax:
217-782-4996