Monthly Archives: March 2010

The U.S. Census and Your Privacy

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There has been much discussion in the news media and in online blogs and forums about whether the 2010 Census, or indeed any of the censuses and surveys conducted routinely by the Census Bureau, violate individual privacy.  The Census Bureau states that the information collected by their agency provides information about employment, housing, manufacturing, trade and other topics and that persons are never identified individually.  The Bureau also indicates that privacy is protected under federal law and by statistical safeguards that the Bureau uses to screen out data that might identify specific individuals.  Furthermore, individual census records are not shared … Read More

McHenry County Illinois Online Court Access

It’s exciting to see progress in online access to Illinois court information. While many courts nationwide provide online access to court cases, Illinois has been behind the times on this.   Many of the Illinois counties offer good information on their websites such as descriptions of the various court functions, providing online court forms and offering very good self-help resources. However, very little access to online court case information is currently available.

The Circuit Court in McHenry County has launched an excellent court case search site where the general public may search records by case number, ticket number or party name.  … Read More