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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Illinois

Illinois state and local law enforcement handle all arrest records for the state. Per the Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) of 1991, the state mandates that all criminal history 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 Arrest Records public in Illinois?

Yes. According to the Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) enacted on January 1, 1991, criminal records must be made available to the general public. Illinois 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 American 66%
White 20%
Unknown 13%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American 52%
White 45%
Unknown 2%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Victims w/ reported race 3,765

What Information You Can Find in a state Criminal Report?

What Information You Can Find in Illinois Arrest Report?

An Illinois arrest 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, 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.

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 Laws

Illinois Arrest Laws

A police officer in Illinois 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 Illinois judge. When an officer arrests someone, they will fill out an arrest card electronically or on paper.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Illinois?

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 State Records?

Unlike traffic violations, criminal convictions and arrests will stay on someone’s Illinois criminal history 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 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

Illinois’ 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

0-9 0.3%
10-19 18.8%
20-29 34.6%
30-39 14.2%
40-49 5.3%
50-59 3.2%
60-69 0.6%
70-79 0.2%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 22.7%
Offenders w/ reported age 2,745

Victim Age

0-9 5.8%
10-19 16.3%
20-29 34.1%
30-39 19.2%
40-49 11.3%
50-59 8.3%
60-69 3.3%
70-79 1.1%
80-89 0.5%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 2,369

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 Home 1,287
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 786
Parking Garage/Lot 135
Restaurant 55
Gas Station 39
Jail/Prison/Corrections Facility 38
Department/Discount Store 26
Convenience Store 21
Bar/Nightclub 20
Hotel/Motel 19

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown 1,835
Stranger 1,065
Acquaintance 345
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 302
Otherwise Known 180
Friend 63
Other Family Member 53
Child 43
Spouse 35
Sibling 29

State Arrests 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 Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime Total 842 3,823 4,665
Property Crime Total 2,593 11,653 14,246
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter 28 272 300
Rape 18 259 277
Robbery 603 1,464 2,067

Is your State Safer than Illinois?

Select your state and find out:

Illinois
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 highest arrest rate in 2017

County Crime Rate
Cook County 12.47
Schuyler County 14.44
Randolph County 42.92
Jasper County 62.92
Kane County 72.41

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