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Illinois Employment Background Check Laws

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Employers that are either located in Illinois or hiring Illinois residents must abide by the Federal FCRA, and they should consider the following state laws. For more information on Illinois state laws, please visit the state legislature.

Background check laws in IL:

(20 ILCS 2635/7) applies to records obtained from the state police, not all criminal records.

In other words: 

If a CRA obtains records from The Illinois Department of State Police, the Department requires the CRA to maintain on file a signed release of the criminal record by the applicant. If the record includes conviction information, the CRA must send the applicant a copy of the record. The applicant has 7 days from the time she or he receives the report to contact the CRA if the information is not right.



 How to Dispute Your Records: 

Criminal Records:

If you find that your criminal records are incorrect or incomplete and you would like to take action, you should contact the specific jurisdiction in which the records were originally filed.

Feel free to take a look at some of these resources for more information:
Expungement and Sealing a Record
Do I qualify to expunge or seal my record?
Adult Expungement
Identity Theft Expungement

Civil Records:

All of the following are included in civil records: judgments, liens, evictions, family and small claims cases. If you would like to dispute a record, contact the court in which the record was filed.

List of all appellate courts and their contact information

Contact State Law Officials

Administrative Office of the Courts
3101 Old Jacksonville Road
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 558-4490
Fax: (217) 785-3905

State Appellate Defender
203 N. LaSalle Street, 24th Floor
Attn: Expungement Unit
Chicago IL 60601
Toll-Free: (866)787-1776

Circuit Courts
State Appellate Defender Offices

National Laws and Resources

In order to set a standard around hiring policies, the federal government has created the Fair Credit Reporting Act or FCRA to monitor and protect both employers and job seekers. With this law, individuals are protected from unfair workplace discrimination and data breaches of their private, sensitive information. Interested in learning more? Check out GoodHire’s 10-step process for legally obtaining background reports. Be sure to read the official FCRA full text or summary legal document for more details.

Find any court in the USA: Court Locator Tool http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator/CourtLocatorSearch.aspx

GoodHire tries to update and correct the information provided for this state regularly, but we cannot make the guarantee that everything is fully up-to-date. Laws and regulations change often. This information is not meant to be used as legal advice, solicitation, or advertising. We always recommend speaking to a lawyer before taking any legal action. Please contact us if you find something that is incorrect or out-of-date on our site.

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