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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 2635/) Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act.

20 ILCS 2635/1

    (20 ILCS 2635/1) (from Ch. 38, par. 1601)
    Sec. 1. Short Title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act."
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/2

    (20 ILCS 2635/2) (from Ch. 38, par. 1602)
    Sec. 2. Legislative Findings and Purposes. (A) The legislature finds and hereby declares that conviction information maintained by the Illinois Department of State Police shall be publicly available in the State of Illinois.
    (B) The purpose of this Act is: (1) to establish uniform policy for gaining access to and disseminating conviction information maintained by the State of Illinois; (2) to establish guidelines and priorities which fully support effective law enforcement and ongoing criminal investigations and which ensure that conviction information is made accessible within appropriate time frames; (3) to ensure the accuracy and completeness of conviction information in the State of Illinois; and (4) to establish procedures for effectively correcting errors and providing individuals with redress of grievances in the event that inaccurate or incomplete information may be disseminated about them.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/3

    (20 ILCS 2635/3) (from Ch. 38, par. 1603)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-528)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. Whenever used in this Act, and for the purposes of this Act, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
    (A) "Accurate" means factually correct, containing no mistake or error of a material nature.
    (B) The phrase "administer the criminal laws" includes any of the following activities: intelligence gathering, surveillance, criminal investigation, crime detection and prevention (including research), apprehension, detention, pretrial or post-trial release, prosecution, the correctional supervision or rehabilitation of accused persons or criminal offenders, criminal identification activities, or the collection, maintenance or dissemination of criminal history record information.
    (C) "The Authority" means the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
    (D) "Automated" means the utilization of computers, telecommunication lines, or other automatic data processing equipment for data collection or storage, analysis, processing, preservation, maintenance, dissemination, or display and is distinguished from a system in which such activities are performed manually.
    (E) "Complete" means accurately reflecting all the criminal history record information about an individual that is required to be reported to the Department pursuant to Section 2.1 of the Criminal Identification Act.
    (F) "Conviction information" means data reflecting a judgment of guilt or nolo contendere. The term includes all prior and subsequent criminal history events directly relating to such judgments, such as, but not limited to: (1) the notation of arrest; (2) the notation of charges filed; (3) the sentence imposed; (4) the fine imposed; and (5) all related probation, parole, and release information. Information ceases to be "conviction information" when a judgment of guilt is reversed or vacated.
    For purposes of this Act, continuances to a date certain in furtherance of an order of supervision granted under Section 5-6-1 of the Unified Code of Corrections or an order of probation granted under either Section 10 of the Cannabis Control Act, Section 410 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Section 70 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, Section 12-4.3 or subdivision (b)(1) of Section 12-3.05 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, Section 10-102 of the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency Act, Section 40-10 of the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act, or Section 10 of the Steroid Control Act shall not be deemed "conviction information".
    (G) "Criminal history record information" means data identifiable to an individual and consisting of descriptions or notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, informations, pretrial proceedings, trials, or other formal events in the criminal justice system or descriptions or notations of criminal charges (including criminal violations of local municipal ordinances) and the nature of any disposition arising therefrom, including sentencing, court or correctional supervision, rehabilitation and release. The term does not apply to statistical records and reports in which individual are not identified and from which their identities are not ascertainable, or to information that is for criminal investigative or intelligence purposes.
    (H) "Criminal justice agency" means (1) a government agency or any subunit thereof which is authorized to administer the criminal laws and which allocates a substantial part of its annual budget for that purpose, or (2) an agency supported by public funds which is authorized as its principal function to administer the criminal laws and which is officially designated by the Department as a criminal justice agency for purposes of this Act.
    (I) "The Department" means the Illinois Department of State Police.
    (J) "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of State Police.
    (K) "Disseminate" means to disclose or transmit conviction information in any form, oral, written, or otherwise.
    (L) "Exigency" means pending danger or the threat of pending danger to an individual or property.
    (M) "Non-criminal justice agency" means a State agency, Federal agency, or unit of local government that is not a criminal justice agency. The term does not refer to private individuals, corporations, or non-governmental agencies or organizations.
    (M-5) "Request" means the submission to the Department, in the form and manner required, the necessary data elements or fingerprints, or both, to allow the Department to initiate a search of its criminal history record information files.
    (N) "Requester" means any private individual, corporation, organization, employer, employment agency, labor organization, or non-criminal justice agency that has made a request pursuant to this Act to obtain conviction information maintained in the files of the Department of State Police regarding a particular individual.
    (O) "Statistical information" means data from which the identity of an individual cannot be ascertained, reconstructed, or verified and to which the identity of an individual cannot be linked by the recipient of the information.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-528)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. Whenever used in this Act, and for the purposes of this Act, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
    (A) "Accurate" means factually correct, containing no mistake or error of a material nature.
    (B) The phrase "administer the criminal laws" includes any of the following activities: intelligence gathering, surveillance, criminal investigation, crime detection and prevention (including research), apprehension, detention, pretrial or post-trial release, prosecution, the correctional supervision or rehabilitation of accused persons or criminal offenders, criminal identification activities, or the collection, maintenance or dissemination of criminal history record information.
    (C) "The Authority" means the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
    (D) "Automated" means the utilization of computers, telecommunication lines, or other automatic data processing equipment for data collection or storage, analysis, processing, preservation, maintenance, dissemination, or display and is distinguished from a system in which such activities are performed manually.
    (E) "Complete" means accurately reflecting all the criminal history record information about an individual that is required to be reported to the Department pursuant to Section 2.1 of the Criminal Identification Act.
    (F) "Conviction information" means data reflecting a judgment of guilt or nolo contendere. The term includes all prior and subsequent criminal history events directly relating to such judgments, such as, but not limited to: (1) the notation of arrest; (2) the notation of charges filed; (3) the sentence imposed; (4) the fine imposed; and (5) all related probation, parole, and release information. Information ceases to be "conviction information" when a judgment of guilt is reversed or vacated.
    For purposes of this Act, continuances to a date certain in furtherance of an order of supervision granted under Section 5-6-1 of the Unified Code of Corrections or an order of probation granted under either Section 10 of the Cannabis Control Act, Section 410 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Section 70 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, Section 12-4.3 or subdivision (b)(1) of Section 12-3.05 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, Section 10-102 of the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency Act, Section 40-10 of the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act, or Section 10 of the Steroid Control Act shall not be deemed "conviction information".
    (G) "Criminal history record information" means data identifiable to an individual, including information collected under Section 4.5 of the Criminal Identification Act, and consisting of descriptions or notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, informations, pretrial proceedings, trials, or other formal events in the criminal justice system or descriptions or notations of criminal charges (including criminal violations of local municipal ordinances) and the nature of any disposition arising therefrom, including sentencing, court or correctional supervision, rehabilitation and release. The term does not apply to statistical records and reports in which individual are not identified and from which their identities are not ascertainable, or to information that is for criminal investigative or intelligence purposes.
    (H) "Criminal justice agency" means (1) a government agency or any subunit thereof which is authorized to administer the criminal laws and which allocates a substantial part of its annual budget for that purpose, or (2) an agency supported by public funds which is authorized as its principal function to administer the criminal laws and which is officially designated by the Department as a criminal justice agency for purposes of this Act.
    (I) "The Department" means the Illinois Department of State Police.
    (J) "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of State Police.
    (K) "Disseminate" means to disclose or transmit conviction information in any form, oral, written, or otherwise.
    (L) "Exigency" means pending danger or the threat of pending danger to an individual or property.
    (M) "Non-criminal justice agency" means a State agency, Federal agency, or unit of local government that is not a criminal justice agency. The term does not refer to private individuals, corporations, or non-governmental agencies or organizations.
    (M-5) "Request" means the submission to the Department, in the form and manner required, the necessary data elements or fingerprints, or both, to allow the Department to initiate a search of its criminal history record information files.
    (N) "Requester" means any private individual, corporation, organization, employer, employment agency, labor organization, or non-criminal justice agency that has made a request pursuant to this Act to obtain conviction information maintained in the files of the Department of State Police regarding a particular individual.
    (O) "Statistical information" means data from which the identity of an individual cannot be ascertained, reconstructed, or verified and to which the identity of an individual cannot be linked by the recipient of the information.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-528, eff. 1-1-15.)

20 ILCS 2635/4

    (20 ILCS 2635/4) (from Ch. 38, par. 1604)
    Sec. 4. Applicability.
    (A) The provisions of this Act shall apply only to conviction information mandated by statute to be reported to or to be collected, maintained, or disseminated by the Department of State Police.
    (B) The provisions of this Act shall not apply to statistical information.
    (C) In the event of conflict between the application of this Act and the statutes listed in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) below, the statutes listed below, as hereafter amended, shall control unless specified otherwise:
        (1) The Juvenile Court Act of 1987; or
        (2) Section 5-3-4 of the Unified Code of Corrections;
    
or
        (3) Paragraph (4) of Section 12 of the Probation and
    
Probation Officers Act; or
        (4) Section 2.1 of the Criminal Identification Act; or
        (5) The Pretrial Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-198, eff. 7-21-95; 89-626, eff. 8-9-96.)

20 ILCS 2635/5

    (20 ILCS 2635/5) (from Ch. 38, par. 1605)
    Sec. 5. Public Availability of Conviction Information. All conviction information mandated by statute to be collected and maintained by the Department of State Police shall be open to public inspection in the State of Illinois. All persons, state agencies and units of local government shall have access to inspect, examine and reproduce such information, in accordance with this Act, and shall have the right to take memoranda and abstracts concerning such information, except to the extent that the provisions of this Act or other Illinois statutes might create specific restrictions on the use or disclosure of such information.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/6

    (20 ILCS 2635/6) (from Ch. 38, par. 1606)
    Sec. 6. Dissemination Time Frames and Priorities. (A) The Department's duty and obligation to furnish criminal history record information to peace officers and criminal justice agencies shall take precedence over any requirement of this Act to furnish conviction information to non-criminal justice agencies or to the public. When, in the judgment of the Director, such duties and obligations are being fulfilled in a timely manner, the Department shall furnish conviction information to requesters in accordance with the provisions of this Act. The Department may give priority to requests for conviction information from non-criminal justice agencies over other requests submitted pursuant to this Act.
    (B) The Department shall attempt to honor requests for conviction information made pursuant to this Act in the shortest time possible. Subject to the dissemination priorities of subsection (A) of this Section, the Department shall respond to a request for conviction information within 2 weeks from receipt of a request.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/7

    (20 ILCS 2635/7) (from Ch. 38, par. 1607)
    Sec. 7. Restrictions on the Use of Conviction Information.
    (A) The following provisions shall apply to requests submitted pursuant to this Act for employment or licensing purposes or submitted to comply with the provisions of subsection (B) of this Section:
        (1) A requester shall, in the form and manner
    
prescribed by the Department, submit a request to the Department, and maintain on file for at least 2 years a release signed by the individual to whom the information request pertains. The Department shall furnish the requester with a copy of its response.
        (2) Each requester of conviction information
    
furnished by the Department shall provide the individual named in the request with a copy of the response furnished by the Department. Within 7 working days of receipt of such copy, the individual shall have the obligation and responsibility to notify the requester if the information is inaccurate or incomplete.
        (3) Unless notified by the individual named in the
    
request or by the Department that the information furnished is inaccurate or incomplete, no requester of conviction information shall be liable for damages to any person to whom the information pertains for actions the requester may reasonably take in reliance on the accuracy and completeness of conviction information received from the Department pursuant to this act, if: (a) the requester in good faith believes the conviction information furnished by the Department to be accurate and complete; (b) the requester has complied with the requirements of paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection (A); and (c) the identifying information submitted by the requester to the Department is accurate with respect to the individual about whom the information was requested.
        (4) Consistent with rules adopted by the Department
    
pursuant to Section 7 of "An Act in relation to criminal identification and investigation", approved July 2, 1931, as amended, the individual to whom the conviction information pertains may initiate proceedings directly with the Department to challenge or correct a record furnished by the Department pursuant to this subsection (A). Such correction proceedings shall be given priority over other individual record review and challenges filed with the Department.
    (B) Regardless of the purpose of the request, no requester of conviction information shall be liable for damages to any person to whom the information pertains for actions the requester may reasonably take in reliance on the accuracy and completeness of conviction information received from the Department pursuant to this Act, if: (1) the requester in good faith believes the conviction information furnished by the Department to be accurate and complete; (2) the requester has complied with the requirements of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (A) of this Section; and (3) the identifying information submitted by the requester to the Department is accurate with respect to the individual about whom the information was requested.
(Source: P.A. 88-368.)

20 ILCS 2635/8

    (20 ILCS 2635/8) (from Ch. 38, par. 1608)
    Sec. 8. Form, Manner and Fees for Requesting and Obtaining Conviction Information.
    (A) The Department shall prescribe the form and manner for requesting and furnishing conviction information pursuant to this Act. The Department shall prescribe the types of identifying information that must be submitted to the Department in order to process any request for conviction information and the form and manner for making such application, consistent with this Act.
    (B) The Department shall establish the maximum fee it shall charge and assess for processing requests for conviction information, and the Authority shall establish the maximum fee that other criminal justice agencies shall charge and assess for processing requests for conviction information pursuant to this Act. Such fees shall include the general costs associated with performing a search for all information about each person for which a request is received including classification, search, retrieval, reproduction, manual and automated data processing, telecommunications services, supplies, mailing and those general costs associated with the inquiries required by subsection (B) of Section 9 and Section 13 of this Act, and, when applicable, such fees shall provide for the direct payment to or reimbursement of a criminal justice agency for assisting the requester or the Department pursuant to this Act. In establishing the fees required by this Section, the Department and the Authority may also take into account the costs relating to multiple or automated requests and disseminations and the costs relating to any other special factors or circumstances required by statute or rule. The maximum fees established by the Authority pursuant to this Section may be waived or reduced at the discretion of a criminal justice agency.
(Source: P.A. 94-365, eff. 7-29-05.)

20 ILCS 2635/9

    (20 ILCS 2635/9) (from Ch. 38, par. 1609)
    Sec. 9. Procedural Requirements for Disseminating Conviction Information.
    (A) In accordance with the time parameters of Section 6 and the requirements of subsection (B) of this Section 9, the Department shall either: (1) transmit conviction information to the requester, including an explanation of any code or abbreviation; (2) explain to the requester why the information requested cannot be transmitted; or (3) inform the requester of any deficiency in the request.
    (B) Prior to a non-automated dissemination or within 30 days subsequent to an automated dissemination made pursuant to this Act, the Department shall first conduct a formal update inquiry and review to make certain that the information disseminated is complete, except (1) in cases of exigency, (2) upon request of another criminal justice agency, (3) for conviction information that is less than 30 days old, or (4) for information intentionally fabricated upon the express written authorization of the Director of State Police to support undercover law enforcement efforts.
    It shall be the responsibility of the Department to retain a record of every extra-agency dissemination of conviction information for a period of not less than 3 years. Such records shall be subject to audit by the Department, and shall, upon request, be supplied to the individual to whom the information pertains for requests from members of the general public, corporations, organizations, employers, employment agencies, labor organizations and non-criminal justice agencies. At a minimum, the following information shall be recorded and retained by the Department:
        (1) The name of the individual to whom the
    
disseminated information pertains;
        (2) The name of the individual requesting the
    
information;
        (3) The date of the request;
        (4) The name and address of the private individual,
    
corporation, organization, employer, employment agency, labor organization or non-criminal justice agency receiving the information; and
        (5) The date of the dissemination.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

20 ILCS 2635/10

    (20 ILCS 2635/10) (from Ch. 38, par. 1610)
    Sec. 10. Dissemination requests Based Upon Fingerprint Identification. When fingerprint identification accompanies a request for conviction information maintained by the Department, an appropriate statement shall be issued by the Department indicating that the information furnished by the Department positively pertains to the individual whose fingerprints were submitted and that the response contains all the conviction information that has been reported to the Department pursuant to Section 2.1 of "An Act in relation to criminal identification and investigation", approved July 2, 1931, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/11

    (20 ILCS 2635/11) (from Ch. 38, par. 1611)
    Sec. 11. Dissemination requests Not Based Upon Fingerprint Identification. (A) When a requester is not legally mandated to submit positive fingerprint identification to the Department or when a requester is precluded from submitting positive fingerprint identification to the Department due to exigency, an appropriate warning shall be issued by the Department indicating that the information furnished cannot be identified with certainty as pertaining to the individual named in the request and may only be relied upon as being accurate and complete if the requester has first complied with the requirements of subsection (B) of Section 7.
    (B) If the identifying information submitted by the requester to the Department corresponds to more than one individual found in the files maintained by the Department, the Department shall not disclose the information to the requester, unless it is determined by the Department that dissemination is still warranted due to exigency or to administer the criminal laws. In such instances, the Department may require the requester to submit additional identifying information or fingerprints in the form and manner prescribed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/12

    (20 ILCS 2635/12) (from Ch. 38, par. 1612)
    Sec. 12. Error Notification and Correction Procedure. It is the duty and responsibility of the Department to maintain accurate and complete criminal history record information and to correct or update such information after determination by audit, individual review and challenge procedures, or by other verifiable means, that it is incomplete or inaccurate. Except as may be required for a longer period of time by Illinois law, the Department shall notify a requester if a subsequent disposition of conviction or a subsequent modification of conviction information has been reported to the Department within 30 days of responding to the requester.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/13

    (20 ILCS 2635/13) (from Ch. 38, par. 1613)
    Sec. 13. Limitation on Further Dissemination. Unless otherwise permitted by law or in the case of exigency, the subsequent dissemination of conviction information furnished by the Department pursuant to this Act shall only be permitted by a requester for the 30 day period immediately following receipt of the information. Except as permitted in this Section, any requester still wishing to further disseminate or to rely on the accuracy and completeness of conviction information more than 30 days from receipt of the information from the Department shall initiate a new request to the Department for current information.
(Source: P.A. 88-368.)

20 ILCS 2635/14

    (20 ILCS 2635/14) (from Ch. 38, par. 1614)
    Sec. 14. Judicial Remedies. (A) The Attorney General or a State's Attorney may bring suit in the circuit courts to prevent and restrain violations of this Act and to enforce the reporting provisions of Section 2.1 of "An Act in relation to criminal identification and investigation", approved July 2, 1931, as amended. The Department may request the Attorney General to bring any such action authorized by this subsection.
    (B) An individual aggrieved by a violation of this Act by a State agency or unit of local government shall have the right to pursue a civil action for damages or other appropriate legal or equitable remedy, including an action to compel the Department to disclose or correct conviction information in its files, once administrative remedies have been exhausted.
    (C) Any civil action for damages alleging the negligent dissemination of inaccurate or incomplete conviction information by a State agency or by a unit of local government in violation of this Act may only be brought against the State agency or unit of local government and shall not be brought against any employee or official thereof.
    (D) Civil remedies authorized by this Section may be brought in any circuit court of the State of Illinois in the county in which the violation occurs or in the county where the State agency or unit of local government is situated; except all damage claims against the State of Illinois for violations of this Act shall be determined by the Court of Claims.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/15

    (20 ILCS 2635/15) (from Ch. 38, par. 1615)
    Sec. 15. Civil Damages. (A) In any action brought pursuant to this Act, an individual aggrieved by any violation of this Act shall be entitled to recover actual and general compensatory damages for each violation, together with costs and attorney's fees reasonably incurred, consistent with Section 16 of this Act. In addition, an individual aggrieved by a willful violation of this Act shall be entitled to recover $1,000. In addition, an individual aggrieved by a non-willful violation of this Act for which there has been dissemination of inaccurate or incomplete conviction information shall be entitled to recover $200; provided, however, if conviction information is determined to be incomplete or inaccurate, by audit, by individual review and challenge procedures, or by other verifiable means, then the individual aggrieved shall only be entitled to recover such amount if the Department fails to correct the information within 30 days.
    (B) For the purposes of this Act, the State of Illinois shall be liable for damages as provided in this Section and for attorney's fees and litigation costs as provided in Section 16 of this Act. All damage claims against the State of Illinois or any of its agencies for violations of this Act shall be determined by the Court of Claims.
    (C) For purposes of limiting the amount of civil damages that may be assessed against the State of Illinois or a unit of local government pursuant to this Section, a State agency, a unit of local government, and the officials or employees of a State agency or a unit of local government may in good faith rely upon the assurance of another State agency or unit of local government that conviction information is maintained or disseminated in compliance with the provisions of this Act. However, such reliance shall not constitute a defense with respect to equitable or declaratory relief.
    (D) For purposes of limiting the amount of damages that may be assessed against the State of Illinois pursuant to this Section, the Department may in good faith presume that the conviction information reported to it by a clerk of the circuit court or a criminal justice agency is accurate. However, such presumption shall not constitute a defense with respect to equitable or declaratory relief.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/16

    (20 ILCS 2635/16) (from Ch. 38, par. 1616)
    Sec. 16. Attorney's Fees and Costs. (A) Attorney's fees and other costs shall be awarded to any plaintiff who obtains declaratory, equitable, or injunctive relief. The amount awarded shall represent the reasonable value of the services rendered, taking into account all the surrounding circumstances, including but not limited to: the amount of attorney time and other disbursements determined by the court to be reasonably required by the nature of the case; the benefit rendered to the public; the skill demanded by the novelty or complexity of the issues; and the need to encourage the enforcement of this Act.
    (B) Attorney's fees and other costs shall, consistent with subsection (A) of this Section, also be awarded to any plaintiff who obtains monetary relief for damages. However, in no event shall such an award exceed the actual amount of monetary damages awarded to the plaintiff.
    (C) The court shall, consistent with subsection (A) of this Section, assess attorney's fees and litigation costs reasonably incurred by the State, a unit of local government, or government official or employee to defend against any private party or parties bringing an action pursuant to this Act, upon the court's determination that the action was brought in bad faith or is malicious, vexatious, or frivolous in nature.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/17

    (20 ILCS 2635/17) (from Ch. 38, par. 1617)
    Sec. 17. Administrative Sanctions. The Department shall refuse to comply with any request to furnish conviction information maintained in its files, if the requester has not acted in accordance with the requirements of this Act or rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto. The requester may appeal such a refusal by the Department to the Director. Upon written application by the requester, the Director shall hold a hearing to determine whether dissemination of the requested information would be in violation of this Act or rules and regulations issued pursuant to it or other federal or State law pertaining to the collection, maintenance or dissemination of criminal history record information. When the Director finds such a violation, the Department shall be prohibited from disseminating conviction information to the requester, under such terms and conditions and for such periods of time as the Director deems appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/18

    (20 ILCS 2635/18) (from Ch. 38, par. 1618)
    Sec. 18. Criminal Penalties. Any person who intentionally and knowingly (A) requests, obtains, or seeks to obtain conviction information under false pretenses, or (B) disseminates inaccurate or incomplete conviction information in violation of this Act, or (C) fails to disseminate or make public conviction information as required under this Act, or (D) fails to correct or update a conviction record after it is determined by audit, by individual review and challenge procedures, or by other verifiable means to be inaccurate or incomplete for the purpose of causing harm to the individual named in the request or to whom the information pertains, or (E) violates any other provision of this Act, shall for each offense be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/19

    (20 ILCS 2635/19) (from Ch. 38, par. 1619)
    Sec. 19. Coordinating and Implementing Policy. The Department shall adopt rules to prescribe the appropriate form, manner and fees for complying with the requirements of this Act. The Authority shall adopt rules to prescribe form, manner and maximum fees which the Authority is authorized to establish pursuant to subsection (B) of Section 8 of this Act. Such rulemaking is subject to the provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/20

    (20 ILCS 2635/20) (from Ch. 38, par. 1620)
    Sec. 20. State Liability and Indemnification of Units of Local Government. (A) The State of Illinois shall guarantee the accuracy and completeness of conviction information disseminated by the Department that is based upon fingerprint identification. The State of Illinois shall not be liable for the accuracy and completeness of any information disseminated upon identifying information other than fingerprints.
    (B) The State of Illinois shall indemnify a clerk of the circuit court, a criminal justice agency, and their employees and officials from, and against, all damage claims brought by others due to dissemination by the Department of inaccurate or incomplete conviction information based upon positive fingerprint identification, provided that the conviction information in question was initially reported to the Department accurately and in the timely manner mandated by Section 2.1 of "An Act in relation to criminal identification and investigation", approved July 2, 1931, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/21

    (20 ILCS 2635/21) (from Ch. 38, par. 1621)
    Sec. 21. Audits. The Department shall regularly conduct representative audits of the criminal history record keeping and criminal history record reporting policies, practices, and procedures of the repositories for such information in Illinois to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act and Section 2.1 of "An Act in relation to criminal identification and investigation", approved July 2, 1931, as amended. The findings of such audits shall be reported to the Governor, General Assembly, and, upon request, to members of the general public.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/22

    (20 ILCS 2635/22) (from Ch. 38, par. 1622)
    Sec. 22. Supplementary Remedies. The remedies provided in this Act are supplementary to, and in no way modify or supplant, any other applicable causes of action arising under the Constitution, statutes, or common law of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/23

    (20 ILCS 2635/23) (from Ch. 38, par. 1623)
    Sec. 23. Construction. (A) The provisions of this Act shall be construed to afford the maximum feasible protection to the individual's right to privacy and enjoyment of his good name and reputation and shall be construed to apply to both manual and automated criminal history record information systems wherever possible.
    (B) The provisions of this Act shall be construed to make government agencies accountable to individuals in the collection, use, and dissemination of conviction information based upon positive fingerprint identification relating to them.
    (C) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as restricting or prohibiting the dissemination of criminal history record information to a requesting criminal justice agency or peace officer or the dissemination of local criminal history record information maintained by criminal justice agencies on behalf of units of local government to members of the general public requesting such information.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)

20 ILCS 2635/24

    (20 ILCS 2635/24) (from Ch. 38, par. 1624)
    Sec. 24. Statute of Limitations. Any cause of action arising under this Act shall be barred unless brought within 3 years from the date of the violation of the Act or within 3 years from the date the plaintiff should reasonably have known of its violation, whichever is later.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)