KANEVILLE - One of Chicagoland's data gathering firms is making its Illinois public record databases available to the public.
Check Illinois, a subsidiary of Record Information Services Inc., will allow private individuals to search for public records on their co-workers, friends, neighbors or anyone else who might require a background check.
While background checks are a staple in applicant screening processes at businesses, they also can provide private individuals with information about the activities of others. For example, families who need to hire a nanny, men and women who are on the dating scene and somebody with an odd neighbor may consider doing background checks for their own personal safety.
Record Information Services has been providing public record information to businesses for more than 16 years through its high-tech searchable Web site, www.public-record.com. The decision to create the Check Illinois site specifically for consumers is due to the numerous requests the company receives from private parties who want to do single searches on people.
CEO and founder Jeff Metcalf said, "We get daily requests from individuals who just want to look up a single name to see their public record. A mother might call who wants to track down a father for child support, people would call to find relatives, or a parent might call to see if their son got a DUI. We knew there was a huge demand from consumers and we planned on creating a Web site specifically for them - we just wanted to do it the right way."
Check Illinois' Web site, consumer.public-record.com, is set up in an easy-to-use way so people can quickly get online, perform a free initial search and purchase their desired records quickly and affordably, according to Record Information Services. The only information visitors need is the last name of the person they are seeking records on, which they can then sort by city if needed due to the vast number of duplicate surnames. Public records databases such as DUIs, misdemeanors, felonies, bankruptcies, foreclosures, mortgages and more can be viewed through the site. Record Information Services obtains this data from eight Chicagoland government sources, and the date history of each database is listed on the site.
"It is important to remember that public records only indicate a file or arrest, and do not constitute an actual conviction," said Tiffany Binaté, director of marketing for Record Information Services. "People who search the site would need to look into further court documentation to see the outcome of any criminal arrests, as this site is designed for informational purposes only."
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. There are additional plans in the works to expand search capabilities to businesses as well as add more single-search options.