Illinois Public Records

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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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Animal Shelters

Illinois Comptroller's Office index of state animal shelters.


Use this service of the State of Illinois Division of Banking and search for ATMs.

Attorney General of Opinions

Illinois Attorney General's database of opinions from 1995 to the present.


Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois database index of licensed attorneys.

Banking | Enforcement Actions

Illinois DFPR Division of Banking Bank Enforcement actions listed by year.

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

Illinois campaign disclosure database for committees, candidates, contributions, expenditures, propositions, committee totals.

Comptroller Reports

Illinois Comptroller's Office accountability, revenue, expenditure, indebtedness, appropriations, bond, and liability reports.

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.


State of Illinois Comptroller's database of vendors with state contracts.

County Records

Search public records free in Illinois counties.

Court Opinions | Appellate

Searchable index of recent Illinois Appellate Court Opinions.

Court Records | U.S. District PACER  Pay Site

Search regional U.S. District Courts of Illinois PACER Federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy court records.

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.

Employee Salaries

Searchable database of government employee salaries in Illinois.


Illinois State Employee phone directory.

Federal Township Plats

Search this Illinois State Archives database for Federal Township Plats before American settlement.

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.

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.

Illinois Rivers Decision Support System

Search the Illinois Rivers Decision Support System by keyword, watershed, river, data type, category, and county for GIS data and maps.

Inmates | Population Statistics

Illinois Department of Corrections inmate population annual reports.

Inmates | VineLink

Search VineLink for offenders / inmates in Illinois by facility, name, date of birth or age range.

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

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Underground Storage Tank Database.

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

Illinois missing children search.

Missing Endangered Adults

Browse the Illinois State Police records for endangered missing adults.

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.

Most Wanted | Department of Corrections

Most wanted escapee and absconder list from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation information on profession rules, license applications, certifications and verification for professions that require licensing.

Protective Orders

Illinois protective orders query by case number, respondent name, and county of issuance.

Public Notices

Database of public notices published in Illinois newspapers.

School Salaries

Illinois school teacher and administrator salary database.

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.

Tax Refunds

Search Illinois Comptroller's Office records for the status of your refund.

Toll Violations

Illinois Tollway online database of toll violation images.


Illinois Secretary of State service mark and trademark search.

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.

Uncashed State Checks

Register with the Illinois Comptroller to search for uncashed state checks.

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.

Vendor Payments

Illinois Comptroller vendor payment search.

Veterans - Civil War Rosters

Search the Illinois Civil War website for Civil War soldiers by name, residence or regiment.

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.

Voter Registration Status

State Board of Elections voter registration verification. Provides your local polling place.

Illinois is located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The Capital is Springfield and the largest city is Chicago.  The Official Web Site is located at  Illinois is the 5th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 12,880,580 and the 2010 census population was 12,831,587.  The land area is 55,518.93 square miles and there are 231.1 persons per square mile.

77.7% of the population is White, 14.7% is Black or African American, 16.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 5.1% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.8% are two or more races. 87.3% are a high school graduate or higher, and 31.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $182,300. There are on average 2.63 persons per household, the per capita income is $29,666, the median household income is $56,797, and 14.1% of the persons in Illinois are considered below poverty level.

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