EmployeeScreenIQ serves an impressive roster of clients ranging from Fortune 100 organizations to mid-size corporations representing a diversity of industries . So whether you employ people in Illinois, throughout the United States or in over 200 countries abroad, we are your one stop shop for employment background checks.

EmployeeScreenIQ is a licensed private investigator in the state of Illinois.

Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of Illinois should know.


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The state of Illinois has 102 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Trial Courts: Circuit courts are the state trial courts of original jurisdiction. There are 24 judicial circuits in the state, each comprising one or more of Illinois’ 102 counties.
  • Appellate Courts: Illinois Appellate Court has 52 judges serving in five districts.
  • Supreme Court of Illinois: The highest court in the state.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in Illinois are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit headquartered in Chicago

Ban the Box Laws

The state of Illinois has a statewide ban the box law that applies to public and private employers.

Credit Reports

The state of Illinois prohibits any employer from refusing to hire, recruit, or discharge an employee because of a credit report, with limited exceptions for the following: (1) State or federal law requires bonding or other security covering an individual holding the position. (2) The duties of the position include custody of or unsupervised access to cash or marketable assets valued at $2,500 or more. (3) The duties of the position include signatory power over business assets of $100 or more per transaction. (4) The position is a managerial position which involves setting the direction or control of the business. (5) The position involves access to personal or confidential information, financial information, trade secrets, or State or national security information. (6) The position meets criteria in administrative rules, if any, that the U.S. Department of Labor or the Illinois Department of Labor has promulgated to establish the circumstances in which a credit history is a bona fide occupational requirement. (7) The employee’s or applicant’s credit history is otherwise required by or exempt under federal or State law.

Other Limitations on Screening for Employers

It is a civil rights violation for any employer, employment agency or labor organization to inquire or use arrest information criminal history record information that is expunged, sealed or impounded as a basis for an adverse employment decision.

Medical Marijuana

The state of Illinois has a law which legalizes medical marijuana.

Social Media

The state of Illinois restricts or limits private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.