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Illinois Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Illinois

The state and local law enforcement handle all IL arrest records for the state. Per the Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) of 1991, the state mandates that all IL criminal records information be readily available to the general public. Requests can be made via name-based searches to obtain a match and get a copy of someone’s criminal record. They also offer fingerprint-based searches as well. Those must come directly from an authorized fingerprint vendor.

Are Illinois Arrest Records Public?

Yes. According to the Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) enacted on January 1, 1991, criminal records must be made available to the general public. IL offers arrest records to individuals readily. They also list sex offenders on their website for a quick review.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American66%
American Indian or Alaska Native0%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American52%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does Illinois Criminal Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Illinois Arrest Report?

An Illinois state record report will show the person’s basic information like name, address, phone, email, gender, race, height, weight, any scars or tattoos and fingerprints, and mug shots. Also included will be details of their arrests including the date of arrest, place of arrest, mugshots, arresting officer’s name and agency. Additionally, there will be the charges filed, dispositions, convictions, bail, bond or fees paid, any incarcerations and if any vehicles were involved in the crime, those will also be included.

Illinois Police Report and Mugshots

Are Illinois Police Reports Public Record?

Yes. Police records in Illinois are public records. However, not all information is available. Each individual police station has control over what they will release to you and what they will not. Most copies cost between $5-$20 in fees. Depending on the type of incident and police station, you will see the following information on the report:

  • The date and time of the event.
  • Details of the crime/incident (sometimes it might be a response to a complaint or request).
  • The name of the suspect or person involved.
  • The person’s age and where they are from.
  • How the officer’s handled resolution (was the person arrested, given a warning or left alone).
  • Other warrants out for the person’s arrest.
  • The jail location they were taken to.
  • The police department that responded to the call.
  • Bail details if available.
  • The charges filed against the suspect.

Sometimes you can find these reports online, but the best place to start in Illinois is by contacting the local police department directly.

Mugshots Illinois

Mugshots in Illinois are readily available to the general public. Therefore, you may see suspects and arrested people’s mugshots online in a variety of places. Sometimes newspapers grab them to post stories about recent crimes. Informational portals use them to supply people with public records, and other sites grab them to post for profit.

Law enforcement all over the U.S. began using mugshots in the 1800s after photography was perfected. A French officer named Alphonse Bertillon made it a standard part of the booking process, and it remains so today. When a suspect is arrested, they are photographed from the front and side to create a composite image called a mugshot. These images are used to help identify criminals to victims and witnesses.

Illinois Arrest Booking Process

Police officers arrest suspects when they have probable cause or a warrant for their arrest. After being taken into custody, they are transported to the local jail or detention center. Police must read him or her their Miranda rights before arresting them.

  • Booking officers then ask the suspect some questions, taking down basic information on an arrest card (which later becomes a police report). They may note down the person’s name, age, gender, race, etc.
  • The person is then fingerprinted.
  • The booking officer will also take their mugshots and file them into the report.
  • If they formally charge the individual, he or she will be searched and placed in a jail cell until their hearing.
  • They may be subject to a medical exam and all their personal belongings will be held.
  • Bail may be set or wait for the judge.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Illinois, going from 1,841 crimes in 2006 to 51,201 by 11% higher than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.

Illinois Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Illinois Arrest Laws

A police officer in this state can arrest someone if they have probable cause by witnessing a crime or one is reported to them, and they investigate it and then find probable cause. A police officer has some discretion as to whether they want to arrest or release someone. Police can also arrest someone when they are in possession of a warrant issued from an IL judge. When an officer arrests someone, they will fill out an arrest card electronically or on paper.

Who has a Power of Arrest?

Any peace officer in the state of Illinois can arrest you. Even those that work for other types of law enforcement agencies such as county sheriff's office may also arrest someone. Also, according to 725 ILCS 5/107-3, any private person has the legal right to arrest someone when they witness them committing a crime. They can even arrest a person if they suspect them of committing a crime based on probable cause.

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on Your Illinois Criminal Records?

Unlike traffic violations, criminal convictions and arrests will stay on someone’s Illinois background check report forever. Arrests that did not lead to a conviction may be sealed or expunged upon request. However, some convictions will remain on the record and are ineligible for sealing or expungement. Things like DUIs will be on there for life. Sealed records will be shielded from the public record but will stay on the arrest record. Expunged records will be deleted entirely.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes, offenders can apply to have some arrests and charges that did not result in conviction expunged. In some cases, they can ask to have specific records sealed. Serious violent crimes, drug crimes, and DUIs, however, cannot be sealed or expunged and will remain on the record forever.

The Arrest Rate in Illinois

Arrest Rate in Illinois

IL crime rate was up from the previous year and totals 438.8 per 100,000 citizens. This total includes 997 murders. The murder rate for 2017 was 7.8 per 100,000 people. The property crime rate for 2017 in Illinois was 2,011.4 per 100,000 residents. Property crime fell by 2 percent while other crimes rose for the year. Chicago saw a 16 percent decrease in murder rates for the year.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

Most of the violent crime offenders in Illinois were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Offender Age

Offenders w/ reported age2,745

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age2,369

Crime Victim Demographics

Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Illinois were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a relationship unknown.

Location Type

Residence Home1,287
Parking Garage/Lot135
Gas Station39
Jail/Prison/Corrections Facility38
Department/Discount Store26
Convenience Store21

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown1,835
Otherwise Known180
Other Family Member53

Illinois Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Illinois was for Other Assaults - 14,494, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Delaware and Illinois. The least popularity had Arson arrests - with only 72 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime8423,8234,665
Property Crime2,59311,65314,246
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter28272300

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Crime rate - 2,722
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 11%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Illinois that have the lowest arrest rate in 2017

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