Illinois arrest records are in the public domain and therefore anyone is entitled to have access to them. Although they are public records, the laws governing the proper use of the information derived from them are protective on individual privacy. For example, consent from the person must be obtained prior to background check for the purpose of employment or volunteer work.
The main place you should start searching for criminal records Illinois is with the Illinois State Police who hold information relating to all criminal matters. But in order to carry out a search they will first require you to pay a fee of $16.00. Other than the State Police you could try one of the states Circuit Courts as well. Jackson County has a database and will charge a fee of $12.95 for data search.
All law enforcement agencies are required to keep their criminal databases updated and maintained correctly. The information that they collect will often then be shared with other law enforcement agencies along with the courts and some individuals as well. The information are updated on a daily, monthly or quarterly basis by the person charged with doing so. So just how good the arrest records information is will depend upon how well maintained and updated the database is.
When it comes to Illinois arrest records statistics in recent years their rate has been above the national one. Yet even though this is shown the state has seen a decrease in the number of arrests being made. In 1990 the arrests made per 100,000 of the population was 1,237 but by 2002 this figure has dropped to 894 arrests for 100,000 of the population. This has meant that there has been a decrease of 28% during this 12 year period of arrests being made.
Just like any task these days, the most popular medium of conducting Illinois criminal background check is online over the internet. If the formality and waiting time with government departments are still too long, there’s the paid version from commercial record providers to turn to. On top of that, they also have the means to tap into private and proprietary networks along with public sources. The searched records are usually ready for download in a matter of minutes.