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Tazewell County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The Illinois State Police (ISP), through the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program, collates crime statistics for all counties in the state. Its latest crime data for Tazewell County shows that there were 306 violent crimes and 1,705 property crimes in 2017. These numbers represent a 10.5% increase in violent crime rate and a 23.7% drop in property crime rate when compared to the county’s 2013 crime data.

A closer look at reported Part I crimes shows that there were 1 homicide, 63 rapes, 24 robberies, 218 aggravated assaults, 435 burglaries, 1,216 larceny thefts, and 54 motor vehicle thefts in Tazewell County in 2017. The most recent five-year crime trend for the county reveals falling homicide (75%), burglary (21.1%), and larceny (26.2%) rates between 2013 and 2017. In the same period, rape (85.3%), robbery (4.4%), aggravated assault (0.9%), and motor vehicle theft (50%) rates went up.

Criminal Records

Criminal information checks for Tazewell County are provided by the Bureau of Identification of the Illinois State Police (ISP). Citizens can conduct name-based checks through the Criminal History Information Response Process (CHIRP) portal or request fingerprint-based checks from Live Scan vendors. A requester needs a digital ID to complete a criminal record check on the CHIRP portal. To perform a fingerprint-based check, visit the nearest licensed Live Scan Vendor. A credit card or eCheck is required to pay the applicable fee for a criminal history check obtained from the CHIRP portal. For additional information about completing a criminal history check, contact ISP at (815) 740-5160.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency in the county. To obtain an incident report from the Sheriff’s Office, complete the Freedom of Information request form and submit it by email or mail addressed to:

FOIA Officer
Administrative Records
101 South Capitol Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 478-5611

The Sheriff’s Office responds to FOIA requests within 5 business days of submission. The first 50 copies of black and white regular-size paper copies are provided free. Additional copies cost 15 cents each. A FOIA application is not required to obtain accident reports. Simply contact the Sheriff’s Office at the address provided above. Each copy of accident reports costs $5 the fee for an accident reconstruction report is $20.

Sex offenders living in the State of Illinois are mandated to register. The ISP maintains the information of registered sex offenders and provides public access to this registry online. Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information to search for offenders registered in Tazewell County by name, city, county, zip code, and/or compliance status.

Jail Information

The Tazewell County Jail is under the supervision of the Sheriff’s Office and shares the same location as the Sheriff’s Office at the Tazewell County Justice Center located at 101 South Capitol Street. Friends and family can fund inmates’ commissary accounts online through Courtmoney. For further information on inmates in custody, call the Corrections Division of the Sheriff’s Office at (309) 477-2250.

Court records

Tazewell County practices a unified trial court system. The Circuit Court is the principal and only court in the county with jurisdiction on all case types. The Tazewell County Circuit Court is organized into civil, criminal, probate and traffic divisions. Listed below are the court’s address and the phone numbers of its divisions:

Tazewell County Circuit Court
Tazewell County Courthouse
342 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 477-2214 (Civil)
(309) 477-2775 (Criminal)
(309) 477-2216 (Probate)
(309) 477-2218 (Traffic)

The Clerk of Circuit Court maintains all court records. Find electronic copies of these court records online at the Tazewell County Circuit Court Portal. Visit the Clerk’s Office at the address listed above to request certified paper copies. The Clerk’s Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Copies of case records prior to 1989 are available with the Microfilm Department at Room 204(a) of the courthouse. Call (309) 477-2217 to contact this Department.

For records after this year, contact the relevant division of the court. Plain copies of case records are cost $2 for the first page, 50 cents per page for the next 19 pages, and 25 cents for each subsequent page after 20 pages. Certified copies cost $6 per document.

The Clerk's Office also accepts written requests for court records sent by mail. Indicate the requested documents in the letter and enclose a certified/personal check or money order for the appropriate fees in a mail sent to:

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attention: (desired office)
342 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554

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Vital Records

Certified copies of divorce records for Tazewell County are issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Contact the Clerk’s Office at the address provided above to request for copies of a divorce record. The Division of Vital Records of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) can verify the facts of a divorce that occurred in Tazewell County. The Division provides verification from 1962 through the current index date and charges $5 per verification. Submit a request by mail, by fax, or in person to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702-2737
Phone: (217) 782-6554
Fax: (217) 523-2648

The documents needed to request a divorce record verification include a completed application of the Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union Record Form and a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID. Enclose a check or money order for the processing fee in the mail-in request.

For in-person requests, the Vital Records Office is open on Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Note that only credit card payments are accepted for faxed requests. Besides copy fees, Vital Records also charge $12.95 for handle plus a $19.50 UPS charge.

Tazewell County marriage records are maintained and provided by the County Clerk’s Office while the Division of Vital Records of the IDPH only provides a marriage verification copy. To request a marriage verification, use the Application for Verification of Marriage/Civil Union Record Form and follow the submission process described above for divorce records. The fees and the requirements to request divorce record verification are the same for marriage record verification.

Tazewell County's death and birth records are maintained by the IDPH. The requirements discussed above also apply when requesting certified copies of birth or death records from the Vital Records Office. Each certified copy of a birth record costs $10 ($15 for a long-form birth record) and $2 for each additional copy. The fee for the first certified copy of a death record is $19 ($10 for uncertified copy) while each additional copy of the same record requested alongside costs $4. To request a copy, download and complete the application for birth or death record form. Submit the application by following the procedures stated above for submitting a divorce record verification application.

The Tazewell County Clerk’s Office has records of births, deaths, marriages, and civil unions that occurred in the county. It accepts mail, online, or in-person requests for these vital records. Send the request to:

McKenzie Building
11 South 4th Street
Suite 203
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 477-2264
Fax: (309) 477-2244

A certified copy of a vital record from the Clerk's Office costs $16 except for certified copies of death records which cost $24 each. To obtain a copy, complete and sign the birth, death, marriage, or civil union record application form. Attach a copy of a valid ID and submit the request to the address above. Cash and check are accepted for payment for in-person requests while paying for mail-in requests must be by personal/cashier's check or money order. Only credit/debit cards are accepted for online requests. There is an additional convenience fee when ordering vital records online.