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  • Background Checks  (Click the “Check Illinois” link) Whether you’re looking for a babysitter,checking on neighbors, or hiring a new employee, background checks can provide you with powerful insight into the activities of individuals with whom you may be seeking to trust or do business.  Check Illinois is part of the Public Records tool.
  • Consumer Reports Access to Consumer Reports’ and unbiased product and service Ratings and recommendations, selections from the latest issue of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Health, a searchable archive of the past four years of Ratings, Consumer Reports’ exclusive product- and car-reliability reports, comprehensive decision guides,access to consumer/user reviews, and much more.
  • Consumers’ Checkbook  Provides consumer ratings for businesses around the Chicagoland area. Ratings cover health service, mechanics, repair shops, stores of all kinds and much more. Tutorial

    Access remotely – Allows you to submit your own reviews, but requires you to provide name, address, email to establish an account
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  • Price It! Antiques & Collectibles For identification, research and pricing of antiques and collectibles. Tutorial
  • Public Records Electronic Database Find new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures & sales, and bankruptcies in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry & Will counties.  Also, run background checks using Check Illinois.

  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation This database offers information on professionals who hold a professional license in the State of Illinois and are regulated by this division. Select a search criteria to look up your doctor, accountant, chiropractor and even funeral directors. You can find information on their status and if they have been disciplined by the state.
  • Illinois LP/LLLP/LLP Search /Certificate of Existence By searching the LP/LLLP/LLP Database, you can view a File Detail Report on a particular limited partnership, limited liability limited partnership or limited liability partnership, obtain a Certificate of Existence/Authorization on an existing entity
  • Better Business Bureau BBB ensures that high standards for trust are set and maintained. We exist so consumers and businesses alike have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust. We provide educational information and expert advice that is free of charge and easily accessible.
  • Consumer Reports WebWatch Through research, the promotion of guidelines for best practices and other means, we seek to improve the credibility of content on the World Wide Web. Through research and analysis, we have developed guidelines for specific sectors of the Web. These sectors have included travel Web sites, search engines, auto insurance sites, and health sites.
  • Consumer Search At ConsumerSearch, you will not find reports that read like advertising copy or warmed-over press releases. We strive to make our content objective and precise; at no point are our editors influenced by advertising or other commercial considerations. Our goal is to report the truth about what experts and users are saying as well as important developments in each product category we cover.
  • CNET Reviews is your home for the best unbiased reviews of computers, digital cameras, cell phones, and more. CNET Reviews editors are your personal guides to tech. We give you in-depth reviews and video reviews of the latest gadgets and tech products.
  • RepairClinic.com This commercial website contains tips, helpful hints, and troubleshooting for a variety of appliances: Washers & Dryers, Ranges, Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Garbage Disposals, Icemakers, Air Conditioners, and others. Find an explanation on how the appliance looks and works, what might be wrong, what parts you’ll need. Error codes, recalls, and news are also available.