More Data to Know from Public Records

Illinois has a total population of 12,869,257 on July 1, 2011, according to the United States Census Bureau. The state of Illinois is located in the Midwest Region of the United States. This state is known to have a great agricultural productivity both in central and northern Illinois and great for its natural resources. Name Illinois is supposed to mean man or men in the Miami Illinois language. Illinois Public Records is under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The Act allows residents of the state to access or view their vital records. This can either be done using the internet or visit the nearest local office. However, there are some records that are not considered public or expunged due to private reasons.

Public records are documents or records or pieces of information that are not restricted. For example, a couple fills out a marriage license application and in the license application they were given an option of checking the box as to whether the marriage is confidential or made public. If they checked the public box, they can get a copy of the record to the county in which marriage occurred. Census records, criminal records, real estate appraisal records, court dockets, voter registration, legislation minutes, professional and business licenses, consumer protections information, government spending reports and sex offender registration files are types of public records.

Freedom of Information Act was enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1996. This act permits people for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the American government. There are certain records kept confidential, these kinds of record are protected from disclosure by Federal or State law and they hold certain limitation on records.

Anyone can file a Freedom of Information Act request. The request is available and sent in any local public body. A letter must first be written with complete information of the requester such as full name, recent address, date, primary contact number and including the list of what record the requester is requesting. Freedom of Information Act requests are given within five or more business days after the request is received by the office clerk. Take note that the date that the request was received by the public does not count as day 1. The office clerk notifies the requester of the statutory reasons for any extension and when the requested information will be produced.

There is no charge for the first fifty pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies of requested record. For additional copies it will cost the requester no more than fifteen cents per page. It will cost no more than seven dollars for colored copies and beyond the normal free size copy.

Freedom of Information Act defines Public Records as all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business. In order to get information about a certain public record, it is available in electronic as well as paper format.

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