The state of Illinois has allowed its local residents to access their personal files, all thanks to the Freedom of Information Act. Since then Illinois public records can be easily obtained by the general public.
Public records of Illinois have been categorized into two: family related files and the criminal records. Personal or family related records are documents that can prove one’s identity or status. This can be the birth certificate, marriage or divorce license and death certificate. These files would contain the names of the involved individual as well as the important dates and place where the event took place. Mostly, these documents are used in conducting genealogy research or transactions in the government.
The state’s criminal records are another set of public document that can be retrieved by the local residents in Illinois. Police reports, arrest and criminal records are the types of criminal documents. Such files would contain information about the individual convicted of the crime. The crimes that have been committed by the individual along with the charges and sentence are among the information that can be found on the document. Additional information includes the arrest details where the notes of the officer who handled the arrest are indicated. These files are commonly used by employers as reference when checking the background of their people. By checking on the criminal history of the people who works for them, they can prevent damages in the future.
The public records of Illinois still have limited information on it. This means that not all of the details about an incident can be readily available for public view. Such example would be the divorce record where details about any financial matters are kept confidential to respect the privacy of the people involved. The public criminal record in Illinois may not include the names of the people who witnessed the incident as well as the name of the investigator who handled the case. This protects such people from potential harm brought about by the public.
Each of the records is being managed by different branches of the government in Illinois. It is a must that one needs to know where to obtain a certain document to avoid hassle and delay. The Vital Records Section is where one can get any of the family related files. Criminal records can then be requested at the Department of Public Safety. The Police Department can also help in the search process.
Conducting a public records search online is now the popular choice of many. Not only because it is convenient since the search can be done even without going to any office, but it greatly saves one’s precious time. In traditional file retrieval, where one needs to wait for several days, online retrieval has eliminated the wait time since it can be obtained in just seconds instead of days.