Illinois Public Records
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140) and Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120) were enacted to promote public access to government information and public records. The latter includes books, writings, reports, letters, forms, memoranda, photos, maps, microfilms, recordings, and electronic data used or controlled by a public body.
Examples of records that are exempt from public access include those that would violate personal privacy rights, endanger citizens or government entities, or are confidential by law.
On this page you can review and access statewide resources in IL. The databases you’ll find below are the more useful and popular ones. We organize databases from cities and counties separately, so to find those, use the tools on the left. If you are looking for license information today, use that menu option on the side.
- Court System - The entry point for all cases in Illinois is the Circuit Clerk. There are 102 Circuit Clerks, one for each county. The next level up is the Circuit Court and Arbitration Panels. There are 23 circuits for the 102 counties and they hear most cases in Illinois. Arbitration panels are panels of 3 attorneys and they handle lawsuits of $30,000 or less in Cook County, and $50,000 or less in 16 other counties. The next level up is the Appellate Court. There are five district appeals courts and they handle appeals from Circuit Courts and administrative agencies. At the top is the Supreme Court, which handles cases from the appellate courts and circuit courts, as well as the review of death sentence. Illinois Court Records
- Criminal Records - Felony, Misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, and Preliminary Hearings are all handled at Circuit Court. As most Circuit Courts provide their information online, disposed criminal case information is readily available to the public in Illinois. To find these and other data, refer to our Illinois Criminal Records area.
- Vital Records – Birth and death certificates are provided by: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, IL 62702-5097, (217) 782-6553, Fax: (217) 523-2648. Go to our Vital Records page for historical city & county birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index; a Secretary of State death index; and county & city death, obituary, cemetery, burial, and genealogy databases; state, county, and local marriage databases (most are historical); and 60 links to county court divorce databases.
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|Circuit Courts |
Provided by: Illinois State Courts. Browse by judicial district for online Illinois Circuit Courts. See our Illinois Counties page for a listing of courts that provide query systems.
|Court Opinions |
Search this Illinois Courts database for Illinois Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions.
|Crime Reports |
Search this Illinois State Police database of crime reports for crime information by year, time frame, and category (crime rates, crime numbers, arrest rates, or arrest numbers).
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium combined database of Illinois statewide felony and misdemeanor court records, Department of Corrections inmate records, Illinois registered sex offenders, child murderers and violent offenders against youths, and methamphetamine registry records. Immediate results, $9.95 per search.
|Death Records 1916-1950 |
Search Illinois death certificates by name or county. Gives gender, race, date of death, certificate number, city & county of death, and filing date. Site also includes information on ordering copies of the certificates.
|Drivers Facilities |
Search for Secretary of State facilities where you can receive motorist services. Results give you address, phone numbers and hours of service.
|Inmates & Parolees |
Search the Illinois Department of Corrections records for inmates & parolees by last name, IDOC#, or birthdate.
|Marriages 1763-1900 |
Search the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index for the period 1763-1900. Search by groom name and/or bride name statewide or by county.
|Offender Registry |
Search Illinois State Police records for registered offenders by name, city, county, zip code, status or do a multiple search using a combination of searchable fields.
|Public Land Sales |
Search this Illinois State Archives database for Illinois Public Domain Land Tract sales by name of purchaser or legal description.
|State Vital Records - Archives |
Search the IL State Archives, a depository of public records of IL state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal or historical research values.
|Unclaimed Property |
Illinois State Treasurers office unclaimed property records. Search by name and optionally by city.
|Warrant Status |
Search the Illinois Comptrollers office warrant status inquiry system by warrant number to view its payment status and related information.
|Work - Employer Databases |
Browse the IL Dept. of Employment Security databases for information on the state labor market. You can look for a job, explore occupations or get help with writing a resume.
More Public Records
Use this service of the State of Illinois Division of Banking and search for ATMs.
Search this Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois database for attorneys licensed by the Supreme Court of Illinois.
|Bills & Resolutions |
Browse this Illinois General Assembly site for Illinois Senate or House Bills and Resolutions, or search by bill number or keyword.
|Campaign Finance |
Search the Illinois campaign disclosure database for committees, candidates, contributions, expenditures, propositions, committee totals. Under the Campaign Disclosure column click the Search Options link.
|Cash Balances |
Browse the Illinois Comptroller records for cash balances by account.
|Contaminated Fishing Areas |
Browse the Illinois Department of Public Healths listing/map of contaminated fishing area advisories to view information including fish type, area, sizes, safe levels and contaminant.
Search this State of Illinois Comptroller's database for vendors with state contracts.
|Criminal Histories (info) |
The Illinois State Police provide this information on how to order criminal history searches under the provisions of the Uniform Conviction Information Act.
|Deadbeat Parents |
Illinois Child Support Services list of deadbeat parents who owe $5,000 or more in child support.
|Death Records before 1916 |
Search the Illinois State Archives for Illinois death certificates filed before 1916. Gives gender, race, date of death, certificate number, city & county of death, and filing date. Site also includes information on ordering copies of the certificates.
|Elections Publications |
Illinois Board of Elections campaign disclosures, election guides, disclosure forms, vote totals, election pamphlets.
Search the Illinois State Employee register by name, phone number or agency.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Use Search Systems Eviction Records as part of your tenant screening. Search statewide in Illinois for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Expenditures Databases |
Under the Financial Inquiries menu, click on EXPENDITURES to search the Comptroller's records for Illinois Expenditures statewide; or search by appropriation, fund, agency, object of expenditure, or detailed object.
|Federal Township Plats |
Search this Illinois State Archives database for Federal Township Plats before American settlement.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Illinois instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Genealogy Global Search |
Use this Illinois State Archives global search feature to search all available Illinois State Archives indexes. Includes the 1916-1950 death index, War of 1812 Veterans, Civil War Veterans, marriage indexed, and many more.
Browse through Illinois hospital web sites by county.
|Hunting & Fishing License Vendors |
Browse the Illinois Department of Natural Resources listing of hunting and fishing license vendors by zip code to view vendor name, address and phone.
|Inmate Population Statistics |
Browse these Illinois Department of Corrections documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format for Inmate Population Statistics.
|Land Tract Sales - Public Domain |
Search the Illinois State Archives for 19th Century Public Domain Land Tract Sales by name of purchaser or by legal description.
|Leaking Underground Storage Tanks |
Search the Illinois EPA Bureau of Lands Leaking Underground Storage Tank Database by IEMA#, LPC#, site name, address, city and/or zip to view corresponding info, site owner/operator details, substance leaked & agency actions.
|Licenses - Professional, Medical, Business |
Search for and verify Illinois professional, business, and medical licenses, including those for attorneys, physicians, accountants, therapists, dentists, and many more.
Search by name for lobbyists or lobbyist entities in Illinois.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Illinois to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Mortgage Banking Disciplinary Actions |
Click on "Mortgage Banking Disciplinary Actions" to browse this list from the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate for Mortgage Banking fines, suspensions, and license revocations in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
|Mortgage Banking License Expiration Dates |
Browse the State of Illinois Office of Banks & Real Estates listing of residential mortgage banking license expiration dates to view institution name, number and expiration date.
|Newspaper Project Database |
This database includes newspaper titles which have been inventoried and cataloged by both the Down-State Illinois Newspaper Project, located at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Chicago Illinois Newspaper Project.
|Nursing Home Violators |
Browse the Illinois Department of Public Healths quarterly alphabetical index of nursing home violators to view facility name, address, docket #, owner/licensee name and address, details and link to news release.
|Professional Regulation |
Access the IL Dept. of Professional Regulation for information on profession rules, license applications, certifications and verifications for professions that require licensing in IL.
|Protective Orders |
Search for Illinois protective orders by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.
|Public Notices |
Database of public notices published in Illinois newspapers.
|Revenues Database |
Under their Financial Inquiries menu, click on REVENUES to search the Illinois Comptroller records for statewide revenues.
|School Salaries |
Illinois school teacher and administrator salary database from the Chicago Sun-Times.
|Servitude and Emancipation Records 1722-1863 |
Search the Illinois State Archives for Servitude and Emancipation Records for the period 1722-1863. Search by county, name of servant, name of other party, sex, race, document type, and/or date.
Search the Illinois General Assembly for Illinois Compiled Statutes by keyword.
|Traffic Crashes |
Search this Illinois State Police database for fatal crash data by district, county, city, statewide, or interstate. Further research available for alcohol related and teen driver crashes.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Do a non-certified Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) financing statement search by debtor name or file number. To do a certified search you have to submit a UCC-11 form to the SOS office.
|Unsolved Crimes |
Browse the Illinois State Police records for unsolved crimes.
|Veterans - State Archives |
Search the Illinois State Archives for the names, *locations, and burial places of soldiers, sailors, marines, and army nurses who served in any of the wars of the United States and are buried in Illinois.* Includes Civil War, Spanish-American War, War of 1812, Winnebago War and Black Hawk War databases.