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What are the salaries of your State’s public employees?

Among the many types of public information available on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” you can access the salaries of various federal, state, and county employees. Some of the databases are maintained by newspapers from around the country. Others are maintained by State agencies. Some of the sites provide an accounting of federal or state expenditures, while others allow a salary search of individual employees or positions.

Using the “Federal Employees” website, you can search salaries by name, agency or job title. You can also access the salaries of “U.S. Postal Service” employees by name … Read More

Mortgage Foreclosure: What happens and is there help?

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Are you facing a home mortgage foreclosure and wonder if there is help for you? Are you a tenant of a mortgage foreclosure and wonder if you have any rights? Or do you want to purchase a home that’s been foreclosed but don’t know where to look? These are all good questions that can be answered by accessing various state and governmental agency websites. There are many educational and helpful websites available if you know where to look. Below are a few agency links to get you started. Even if you live in another state, many of the links provide … Read More

Researching your Ancestors?

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Are you researching your ancestors?  Do you need to find historic birth, death or marriage certificates?  There are many sites available to search such records.  However, do you only have general information such as the State rather than the specific County?  Or approximate date rather than the exact birth date, date of death or wedding date?

Many states offer online searches of vital records statewide rather than by individual counties saving you hours of time spent searching individual counties one-by-one.   You can access available links to all of the states by using “Vital Statistics Records Resources.”  Each State … Read More

Wisconsin Provides Online Information on Searching Adoption Records

Here at CourtReference, we are always on the look-out for new resources to help our users search for court records. These days, many courts provide online access to a whole range of records, from criminal cases to probate estates to divorce proceedings. What about records that are sealed from public view, though? Searching for information about sealed records can be endlessly frustrating unless you know where to look. Recently, we came across a link in Wisconsin regarding adoption record searches that we hope will prove useful to you.

The first thing to know about searching for adoption records is … Read More

New Online Database Shines Light on Lobbying

As a result of the Cook County, Illinois Lobbyist Sunshine Ordinance, the Cook County Clerk has recently launched a searchable database of lobbyists and lobbying activity. Previously, lobbyist information was presented as PDF documents. Lobbyists are now required to provide more detailed information about their lobbying, including who their clients are, what they talked about, where and when they spoke, and how much they were paid. They are also required to submit new client information within 48 hours of being contracted or face an ethics investigation and stiff penalties.

The database is broken into four sections where you can search … 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

Report Littering Neighbors Online!

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Dealing with difficult and/or messy neighbors can really put a hamper on your home enjoyment experience. Also, in this unstable economy, if you are trying to sell property, you don’t necessarily want to be affected by any factors that could detract from the value of a home. Homebuyers and renters often look at an entire neighborhood to establish whether it is a location they want to call home. Government agencies and county officials often work hard to keep communities free of litter and trash. In one particular county in the U.S., they have created a very interactive solution to the … Read More

Learn About The Candidates Through Public Records

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With two presidential debates and the one and only vice presidential debate complete, are you satisfied with the information provided by the candidates? It has been a truly long and historic campaign season, but there is still a lot to know before November 4th. As everyone is probably quite aware of at this point, the economy is in the dumps, billions of dollars are being spent on two wars, and the health care and educational systems are not up to the high standards worthy of a leading nation. So, this election could be one of the most important decisions of … Read More

Illinois Parents Can View Their Teenagers’ Driving Records Online

A newly signed Illinois state law will make it easier for parents to view their child’s driving records by allowing access online. This law will go into effect January 1, 2008. A pilot program for this issue went into effect in the late 1990s when notices were to be sent to registered vehicle owners advising of tickets. This program met with resistence because of the amount of work required and lack of funding from the state. The legislature is hoping the new law will solve this problem given the online access.… Read More