Illinois Background Check

What is Background Check?

A background check or background investigation is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records: such as Arrest, Warrants, type of felony or misdemeanor as well as Incarcerations and sex offender records, civil records:  such as marriage, divorce, birth, death and civil court cases, publicly available property records: such as property owned with its estimated value and other purchased goods that might have been used as a collateral in the past and last type of data that cab be present in the background check is bankruptcy records. The background check also might include the information on the previous places of residence, years of residence and other people residing at those addresses.

The amount of background check information presented on StateRecords.org will vary from individual to individual as well as what resources were used to collect the information, because different sources, which are publicly available, often have non-standardized town, county and state level protocols, storage classifications, requirements, organization and digitization processes.

County Infrastructure

In the United States, a county is a political and geographic subdivision of a state, usually assigned some level of governmental authority.  Many counties are divided into smaller political or governmental units, which may provide governmental or public services. The importance of the county infrastructure lays on the court legal procedures and incarceration infrastructure. Most court cases in Illinois courts begin in one of the 102 superior or trial courts located in each of the state’s 102 counties. Each county demonstrates a judicial power and legal power by its courts. All small claim cases are assigned to the county court houses, leaving them with the executive power over sentence of the case.

Incarceration Infrastructure

Illinois Department of Correction and Rehabilitation is entitled to govern the majority of the imprisonment in the state of Illinois, excluding juvenile incarceration, federal prisons, and county jails. The state of Illinois registers 39 state prisons held by the Illinois Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, 4 federal prisons, which includes the following categories: United States Penitentiaries, Federal Correctional Institutions, and Administrative facilities, 6 juvenile facilities held by the Illinois Division of Juvenile Justice.

Criminal Records

A criminal record is defined as an official document that records a person’s criminal history including arrest records, warrant records, felony records, misdemeanor records and sex offender registration information. The information is assembled and updated from local, county and state jurisdictions, trial courts, courts of appeals as well as county and state correctional facilities. The standard for criminal record collection and storage varies from county to county, but the majority of Illinois criminal records are organized in online record depositories that are available to the public in the form of a Criminal Background Report.

Civil Records

A civil record is defined as the documents which keep, administrate, and maintain all records regarding a person’s most important life events. These records compile such documents as birth certificates, marriage records, divorce records and death certificates. All the available records are gathered and stored in a permanent central registry state entity that is used to develop statistical analysis of its population presenting it to the public in a report. The records are compiled from the information presented by the bureaus of statistic and vital records, civil court cases and vital indexes.

Bankruptcy Information

Bankruptcy is a legal status of a person or other entity that cannot repay the debts it owes to creditors. In most jurisdictions, bankruptcy is imposed by a court order, often initiated by the debtor. While bankruptcy cases are always filed in United States Bankruptcy Court, an adjunct to the United State District Courts, bankruptcy cases, particularly with respect to the validity of claims and exemptions, are often dependent upon State law. The United States Code signed six types of bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy code. The most common types of personal bankruptcy for individuals are addressed in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 which compromise straight bankruptcy and Wage Earner Bankruptcy.

Why is Background Check is Available to the Public?

In late 1800, the Illinois State Legislature pass a law named the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. This law was enabled with the last changes in July 1984 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public, Illinois FOIA Procedures. Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms. The availability of the records extends to vital records, court records, criminal records and bankruptcy information as these cases are governed by the Illinois District Courts.

What Background Check Access Mean to the Public?

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public is provided access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Illinois. The law was first enacted in 1984, but the latest law was enacted in August 2009 and went into effect on January 1, 2010.

Illinois State Archives

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Full State Record Report:

  • Name
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  • Case Number
  • Case Summary
  • Docket
  • Police Report
  • Court Documents
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  • Case File
  • Statements
  • Transcripts
  • Legal Forms
  • Case Notes
  • Disposition
  • Trial Records
  • Arbitration
  • Case Evidence
  • Witnesses
  • Interviews
  • Descriptions
  • Mugshots
  • Charges
  • Legal Motions
  • Attorney Records
  • Prosecution Records
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  • State Archives hold over 1,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: appellate and circuit/ trial.
  • There are 24 judicial circuits in the state, each comprising one or more of Illinoois' 102 counties.
  • The Illinois Appellate Court has fifty-four judges serving five districts
  • The highest Court in Illinois is Illinois Supreme Court.
  • The Supreme Court of Illinois is the state supreme court and consists of seven justices including a chief justice
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