Instant Access to Illinois State, County and Municipal Records

"Publicly available records are a fundamental guarantee of our Freedoms & Democracy."
William Ratcher - Founder of

Illinois Public Records

The Illinois State Records mission is to provide every person the right to detect, obtain, preview and examine public records, consequently providing Illinois residents access in accordance with the Illinois Freedom Information Act, which cites that all government records are presumed available for public investigation:

The main goal of this website is to enable all members of the general public the right to access Illinois state public records easily, efficiently and concisely, without the requester having to specify a “need to know,” because the law represents a more comprehensive guarantee of the public’s right to access these records.

Illinois State Records maintains information about the following subjects: Criminal Records, Court Records, Vital Records and State Background Checks as well as access to over 110 million proper public records.

The search functionality provided in this portal enables the information requested to be presented immediately and accurately. Illinois State Records includes records from as far back as the year 1800 and includes records from 102 counties, thereby ensuring Illinois abides by the commitment of the United States of America to remain a “fair and just” society for all.