WatchIllinois - Watch Illinois

Find old friends with an e-mail alert if they appear in public records

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What is WatchIllinois?

WatchIllinois is a unique online tool which automatically alerts you when a change occurs in the public record of a person, property, or business of your choosing. Simply sign up for the criteria you want to "watch" (for as low as $5.95 ), and we'll e-mail you weekly, letting you know if new public records are filed in the Illinois court system, based on your criteria. 100% Safe and Completely Confidential.

A Daily Herald news article about "Monitoring can help prevent theft losses" which is exactly what Watch Illinois can do for you.

What public records does WatchIllinois look for?

WatchIllinois can help you find a person, business, or property in Northern Illinois. WatchIllinois takes your search criteria and scans through all types of Illinois public records to find a match. WatchIllinois will look for the following types of public records:

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Your subscription service includes

  • Prices starting as low as $5.95 for a period of 90 Days
  • Scanning of our public record database which scans 22 million past filled Northern Illinois public records for the information you seek
  • Weekly e-mails that update you on the status of your Watches
  • Scanning 40,000+ newly published Northern Illinois public records weekly for the information you want to "watch"
  • FREE upgrade to change your search criteria if no public records are found
  • Downloadable and printable files of any public records that are found
  • 100% confidential and secure service

Current Searchable Record Counts

DatabaseRecord Count
Mortgages 12,356,627
Real Estate 7,861,741
Criminal Misdemeanor 1,617,401
Bankruptcies 1,371,665
Foreclosures 1,289,431
Suspended Licenses 1,179,350
Detainers 1,174,250
Mortgage Releases 983,504
Criminal Felonies 755,480
Tax Liens 567,154
DUI 406,268
Liens - Judgments 393,990
Divorces 330,975
Probate 197,683
Incorporations 158,283
Mortgage Assignments 149,844
Business Licenses 137,480
Tax Sales 83,869
Building Violations 38,953


"I do loan modifications for folks in foreclosure. I use WatchIllinois to alert me to changes in the status of foreclosure properties and auctions, so I can take action right away if needed."
- Tiffany B. , Elburn, IL
"I just got divorced and was trying to get in touch with old friends. I was able to locate one of my buddies from college with Watch through a real estate transaction he made. This service is great!"
- Matt R., Riverside, IL
"They kept laying people off at my company, and I'm a senior manager. I wondered if there were issues and WatchIllinois informed me right away when they filed bankruptcy. Thankfully this gave me enough time to get out of there and move on elsewhere."
- Julie Rickert, Northbrook, IL

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Company News

The spread of COVID-19 has quickly developed into one of the most significant events in our nation&rsquos history. People from all walks of life are struggling to adapt to this situation. With updates from government officials & business leaders changing daily, it&rsquos easy to get confused. At RIS we are dealing with this crisis by staying focused. Our main goal is to protect the well-being of our employees & do our best to continue delivering services to our clients. We&rsquore at the mercy of the federal, state & local governments which are experiencing major slowdowns on the recording of data. We would like to thank all of our government officials for their leadership during this crisis in addition to all of our first responders & health care professionals. Lets hope and pray the new vaccine will give us back some normalcy in our lives.  

About Us

WatchIllinois is a subsidiary of Record Information Services, Inc. , a 21-year old public record data compiler in the far west suburbs of Chicago, IL. WatchIllinois was created to satisfy the demand for an automated public record alerting system, that would save people time, money, and the effort that is required to track down and locate people, properties, businesses, and more in Northern Illinois. » Read More