(625 ILCS 5/5-105)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 5-105)
Investigation of licensee required.
Every person seeking
a license under Chapter 5 of this Act, as part of the application process,
authorizes an investigation to determine if the applicant has ever been
convicted of a crime and if so, the disposition of those convictions. This
authorization shall indicate the scope of the inquiry and the agencies which
may be contacted. Upon this authorization the Secretary of State may request
and receive information and assistance from any Federal, State or local
governmental agency as part of the authorized investigation. The Illinois State Police shall provide information concerning
any criminal convictions
and their disposition brought against the applicant upon request of the
Secretary of State when the request is made in the form and manner required
by the Illinois State Police. The information
derived from this
investigation, including the source of
this information, and any conclusions or recommendations derived from this
information by the Secretary of State shall be provided to the applicant
or his designee. Upon request to the Secretary of State prior to any final
action by the Secretary of State on the application, no information obtained
from such investigation may be placed in any automated information system.
Any criminal convictions and their disposition information
obtained by the Secretary of State shall be confidential and may not be
transmitted outside the Office of the Secretary of State, except
as required herein, and may not be transmitted to anyone within the Office
of the Secretary of State except as needed for the purpose of evaluating
All criminal convictions and their disposition and information obtained
by the Division of Investigation shall be destroyed no later than 60 days
after the Division of Investigation has made a final ruling on the application,
and all rights of appeal have expired and pending appeals have been completed.
The only physical identity materials which the applicant can be required
to provide the Secretary of State are photographs or fingerprints. Only
information and standards which bear a reasonable and rational relation
to the performance of a licensee shall be used by the Secretary of State.
The Secretary of State shall adopt rules and regulations for the administration
of this Section. Any employee of the Secretary of State who gives or causes
to be given away any confidential information concerning any criminal
and their disposition of an applicant shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 102-538, eff. 8-20-21.)