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Public Records Electronic Database

Public Records Electronic Database contains local public filings of new businesses, new homeowners, home foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  New information is added weekly.

This database is compiled by Record Information Services, Inc. from county, state, and federal public information sources.

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Why Use Public Records Electronic Database?

Use this database to find information about new businesses or home sales, or to view foreclosures and bankruptcies in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

  • I’d like to see what homes in a certain census tract are selling for.
  • How can I find out how much the previous owner of my condominium paid for it?
  • My company targets new businesses – where can I find a list of newly licensed businesses?
  • I’m doing some research on foreclosures. Can I find out how many people in Lake County were foreclosed on last year with less than $10,000 still owing?

Searching

Searching Public Records Electronic Database is fairly straightforward. From the main screen, choose the type of filing you are interested in: New Homeowners, New Business, Foreclosures and Sales, or Bankruptcies. Then, choose the Illinois county in which the filing occurred. You will then be asked to choose the type of filing again.

Every type of filing has different search criteria available; they all require that you choose a range of dates.

Enter as much information as you need to answer your question; you need not fill in every search box. Click the grey "Find Data" button at the bottom of the screen, and then select the information you want to display. The amount and type of information differs according to the type of filing you are searching: each type of filing requires different information to be provided, and thus different information is available to researchers. Public Records Electronic Database will give you all the information available unless you choose to exclude some information.


What's Possible?

The New Homeowner filings database allows you to search by purchase price, loan value, street number, street name, telephone, buyer’s marital status, city, ZIP code, property PIN, property type, census tract, last name of buyer, and subdivision name. You may also limit your search to persons who are or who are not on the Do Not Call List, or to new construction only.

View a brief tutorial on New Homeowner listings at the Skokie Business Portal.

The New Business filings database allows you to search by company name, proprietor’s last name, city, and ZIP code. You may limit your search to businesses that are or that are not on the Do Not Call List.

View a brief tutorial on New Business listings at the Skokie Business Portal.

The Foreclosures and Sales filings database allows you to search by date of sale, case number, type of sale, property type, defendant’s last name, address, city, ZIP code, property PIN, original mortgage date and type, and complaint amount. You may also limit your search to persons who are or who are not on the Do Not Call List, and to filings that do or do not have phone listings.

The Bankruptcy filings database allows you to search by company name or personal last name, address, city ZIP code, and type of bankruptcy. You may also limit your search to persons who are or who are not on the Do Not Call List, to filings that do or do not have phone listings, and to filings that have or have not been discharged.


Help

Public Records Electronic Database has Help available on every search screen. Look for the Question mark image to the right of each search box.


Handling Your Results

Public Records Electronic Database records may be printed, emailed, or downloaded one at a time. To print, use the print option on your browser. To email, use the grey "Email this Record" button at the bottom of the record. To download, use the "Save As" option under the File menu on your browser.

Skokie Public Library’s subscription to Public Records Electronic Database does not allow printing, emailing, or downloading of lists of records.  If you wish to download your entire result set, you must purchase an additional subscription to the database.  For more information, please contact Record Information Services, the database producer. 


Other Resources

Public Records Electronic Database is a unique resource at Skokie Public Library; we subscribe to no other database that offers this kind of information. However, everything contained in Public Records Electronic Database is publicly available from county, state, or federal agencies or departments.

For more information on businesses, check the Business & Company Information category of the Research section.

For information on buying a home, recent home sales, and home ownership in general, check the General Real Estate portion of the Home & Real Estate section of the Research section.