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ICS provides a full range of private investigations in Illinois, which are performed by licensed Illinois private investigators. Our investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable service in your area and reporting their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case.


Illinois Private Investigator

Local Illinois Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Illinois are required to be licensed in order to conduct Private Investigation services. If your investigation requires the case to move out of state, the private investigator must still abide by any out of state licensing requirements.

Illinois Private Investigator


You can be assured of receiving competent and diligent service, no matter what your investigative needs. 

A private investigator in Illinois must apply to the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation and pass licensing requirements, including a thorough background check. While many Illinois private investigators come from a law enforcement or military background, it is not a requirement for employment as a private investigator. Often times a degree in Criminal Justice or other security and investigation work can be just as important to prospective employers. In the State of Illinois, it is against the law to provide the services of a private investigator without a Illinois Private Investigator License. You can rest assured that any Illinois private investigator assigned to your case with ICS is an authorized employee or contractor, fully licensed and insured in accordance with Illinois State Laws and participates in the required continuing education.

Workers' Compensation Fraud Investigation

Workers’ compensation fraud investigations can help to examine the validity of a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, people exaggerate the extent of their injuries or outright lie in order to obtain extra compensation or benefits that they truly are not entitled to.

Our team of Illinois private investigators knows this better than most. For years, ICS investigators have been performing Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Investigations for a diverse range of companies. The primary focus of our workers’ comp investigations is to find fraudulent injury claims which can help employers and insurance companies save thousands of dollars. During the workers comp investigation process; we will perform the necessary surveillance and investigation activities in order to uncover the truth. After conducting a thorough fraud investigation, our private investigator can then provide a complete report, listing our findings and documenting any specific evidence we uncover. Overall, our workers compensation investigation services will help discover fraudulent workers compensation claims and provide the evidence and proof needed to defend against false claims. If you believe you need help investigating a Workers' Compensation Claim then call the professionals with ICS.

Adultery, Infidelity or Cheating Spouse Investigations

If your spouse or significant other is cheating, you deserve to know the truth. As difficult as it may be to come to terms with the fact that your loved one is having an affair, you are going to need to get all the facts and protect your interests and well being. Coping with infidelity is not easy, but living with it is worse. A Illinois private investigator at ICS can help you determine whether or not your loved one is being unfaithful with an Adultery, Infidelity or Cheating Spouse Investigation. Some common signs of cheating are: excessive or discreet use of the computer, spending more time at work, hiding their phone, credit card, or bank accounts histories, excessive arguing of facts related to time, blaming, defensive behavior, negative projections behavior - accusing you of an affair, lack of sexual interest or abnormal renewed sexual interest, abnormal call activity at the home or cell phones - hang ups and long tones, removal of pictures or photos from wallet, lost wedding ring, etc. If your spouse or loved one is exhibiting some or all of the common signs of cheating, you should contact ICS today to begin a case and discover the truth. Our infidelity private investigators in Illinois will conduct a thorough investigation of the suspected cheater and provide you with our findings so that you can make the most informed decision for your future.

Child Custody, Visitation, and Support Investigations

The most important factor in determining the custody of a child is the child's welfare. The best interest of the child is evaluated by a court based on a set of guidelines to ensure the child has a safe, healthy, loving and stable environment. Once custody has been determined, visitation arrangements are made for the parent without custody. Although it is important, normally, that each parent or known guardian remain a strong part of a child’s life, it is equally important that your child not be in an unhealthy environment. If you believe that the best interests of your child are not being met with the current child custody or visitation arrangements, ICS can help you in your efforts to prove your case, documenting the evidence to support your claim, with a Illinois Child Custody Investigation. During the course of a child custody or child visitation investigation, ICS may interview friends, neighbors, relatives, school employees, doctors and day care workers.

The Office of the Attorney General of Illinois, County States Attorneys and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services are mandated under state law to enforce court orders and collect child support. Typically, these agencies are understaffed and limited in their ability to find deadbeat parents and hold them accountable. In addition, the government’s investigative techniques are both predictable and superficial, and deadbeat parents quickly learn how to live beneath the radar and avoid being located. Fortunately, the private investigators at ICS are better equipped to quickly locate, and build a case against a deadbeat parent. ICS will use methods such as surveillance, hidden asset checks, public records searches, skip-tracing, undercover operations and others services in a Illinois Child Support Investigation.

Missing Person and Locate Investigations

Illinois Private Investigation

Traditionally, it is seen as law enforcement's job to locate missing persons, especially in the case of a kidnapping. However, due to statewide budgetary cuts, local law enforcement agencies are severely understaffed and lack the resources necessary to adequately investigate all instances of missing persons. In addition, police will sometimes overlook missing persons cases unless evidence of criminal activity exists. If you are searching for a lost loved one, and old friend from school, a debtor that owes you money, or other lost person, you will need to turn to a private investigator rather than the police to begin an investigation. ICS can assist you with a Missing Person or Locate Lost Person Investigation to discover the whereabouts of someone who is not easy to find. ICS can also perform a Birth Parent Locate Investigation in Illinois on your behalf. If you need to locate a lost or missing person, and need results that you can't obtain elsewhere, contact ICS to begin your case.

Background Check and Pre-Employment Screening

Do you need a background check performed on an individual in the State of Illinois? Are you in Illinois and need a background check performed elsewhere? ICS can provide this service and many others. Background checks are one of the most well known and useful investigation tools a private investigator can provide. Sometimes a background check is all a client needs and other times it is merely the first step into a more in-depth investigation, providing clues and leads for the investigator and client to pursue. Background checks are also an important part of the Pre-Employment Screening Services offered by ICS. If you need Pre-Employment Screening services, a background check or an investigation involving one, the professionals at ICS are ready to work for you to provide the discreet and confidential service you need. ICS has been helping people in Illinois just like you get results since 1967.

Computer and Cellular Forensics

ICS private investigators in Illinois are skilled and experienced in providing computer forensics investigations in Illinois to scientifically analyze the data held on, or retrieved from computer storage media in such a way that the information can be used as evidence in a Illinois court of law. Our Illinois computer forensics investigators securely collect the suspect data and exam its contents based on the purpose of the investigation. Computer forensics investigators at ICS in Illinois provide services such as: data recovery of emails, instant messages, and all types of files, virus and spyware detection and removal, email tracing, pornography detection, computer and network intrusion detection and prevention, internet history evaluation, hidden files detection, and more. Our forensic technicians are knowledgeable and available to provide these services for desktop computers, laptops, network servers, digital cameras, media cards, smart phones including the iPhone, and most other forms of media and data storage. If you need a computer forensics investigator, click now to begin a Computer Forensics Private Investigation.


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Local Associations and Important Resources for Illinois

Associated Detectives & Security Agencies of Illinois, Inc.

Website: http://www.the-adi.com/

The State of Illinois Official Website

Website: http://www.illinois.gov/

Illinois Division of Professional Regulation

Website: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/

Illinois General Assembly

Website: http://www.ilga.gov/

About Illinois:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois

Private Investigators at ICS of Illinois

Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Illinois Private Investigator License

A private investigator in the State of Illinois must be licensed with the Division of Professional Regulation. A written examination must be passed in order to become a PI in Illinois.
Reference Website: http://www.idfpr.com/profs/detective.asp

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.idfpr.com/profs/detective.asp
Email: Consumer Services
320 W. Washington, Springfield, Illinois, United States, 62786
Phone: (217) 785-0800
Fax: (217) 782-7645

Associations:
Associated Detectives & Security Agencies of Illinois, Inc

Citation Statute:
Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 225: Professions and Occupations
Act 447: Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, and Locksmith Act of 2004

Website: http://law.justia.com/illinois/codes/chapter24/2474.html

Qualifications Requirement:
According to Section 1240.10 Application for Examination and Licensure – Private Detective (As provided by the Illinois Administrative code for Private Detectives):

a) Applications for licensure by examination, together with all supporting documentation, including verification of work experience, must be on file at least 60 days prior to the date of the examination.

b) No candidate shall be admitted to the examination until having fulfilled the experience and/or education requirements specified in Section 15-10(a)(6) of the Act. To determine such fulfillment, the following standards shall be applied:

1) The term "year" shall be 12 months with an average of at least 20 work days per month during which the applicant was engaged in full-time employment equal to 1500 hours or more annually.

2) "Full-time investigator in a law enforcement agency" shall mean a sworn peace officer, as defined in Section 5-10 of the Act, who serves in the capacity of a full-time detective/investigator or above rank.

c) The passing grade on the examination is 70 or above.

d) Upon notification of successful completion of the examination, the applicant may apply to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation-Division of Professional Regulation (Division) for licensure. The application must be complete and must be accompanied by:

1) One of the following:

A) Copy of the verification of fingerprint processing from ISP or from one of the ISP live scan vendors whose equipment has been certified by ISP or a fingerprint vendor agency licensed by the Division;

B) Out-of-state residents unable to utilize the ISP electronic fingerprint process may submit to ISP one fingerprint card issued by ISP, accompanied by the fee specified by ISP; or

C) In lieu of fingerpints, verification, on forms provided by the Division, of proof of retirement as a peace officer, as defined in Section 5-10 of the Act, within 12 months prior to application in lieu of fingerprints. The verification shall be signed by the applicant's employer;

2) Proof of at least $1,000,000 of general liability insurance held by the applicant as evidenced by a certificate of insurance from the insurer; and

3) The required fees specified in Section 1240.570.

e) A successful examination score shall be valid for 3 years. After 3 years the examination score will be void and an applicant will be required to file a new application, meeting the requirements at the time of the new application, and will be required to sit for and pass the examination.

f) In addition to any other requirements, an applicant for licensure shall meet the following:

1) Has not been convicted of any felony in any jurisdiction or at least 10 years have lapsed since the time of full discharge from a sentence imposed for a felony conviction;

2) Is of good moral character. Good moral character is a continuing requirement of licensure. Conviction of crimes other than felonies may be used in determining moral character, but shall not constitute an absolute bar to licensure, except when the applicant is a registered sex offender;

3) Has not been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be incompetent by reason of mental or physical defect or disease, unless a court has subsequently declared the applicant to be competent;

4) Is not suffering from dependence on alcohol or from narcotic addiction or dependence;

5) Has not been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States;

6) Submits his or her fingerprints, in accordance with the provisions of the Act and this Part, including but not limited to the payment of any required fees;

7) Has not violated any provision of the Act or this Part.

g) For applicants utilizing the experience referenced in Section 15-10(c) where proof of canine odor detection services for hire since January 1, 2005 is required, at least the following shall be included:

1) Certified copies of a minimum of three canine odor detection services contracts prior January 1, 2005.

2) A completed VE-DET form to document the work experience in canine odor detection services since January 1, 2005.

(Source: Amended at 38 Ill. Reg. 7879, effective March 25, 2014)

Testing: Written examination.

Fees: $500 plus examination fee.

Renewal Information: According to Section 1240.550 Renewals, of the Illinois Administrative code for Private Detectives:

a) Beginning with the May 1999 renewal, every individual license issued under the Act shall expire on May 31 every 3 years. The holder of a license may renew such license during the month preceding the expiration date by paying the required fee set forth in Section 1240.570 and providing proof of liability insurance as evidenced by a certificate of insurance from the insurer.

b) Beginning with the May 1999 renewal, every certificate of registration for an agency and every branch office and proprietary security force certificate issued under the Act shall expire on August 31 every 3 years. The holder of a certificate of registration may renew such certificate during the month preceding the expiration date by paying the required fee.

c) Beginning with the May 2000 renewal, every employee registration card issued under the Act shall expire on May 31 every 3 years. The holder of the card may renew the card during the month preceding the expiration date by submitting the required fee to the Division.

d) It is the responsibility of each licensee and employee registration card holder to notify the Division of any change of address. Failure to receive a renewal form from the Division shall not constitute an excuse for failure to renew one's license or employee registration card or to pay the renewal fee. Practicing on an expired license or employee registration card is unlicensed practice and subject to discipline under Section 45-10 of the Act.

e) Every firearm control card shall expire on the date specified on the face of the card. The card shall be renewed upon proof that:

1) The employee has been requalified on the firing range within one year preceding the renewal date; and

2) The employee continues to be employed by the agency to which the card was issued.

f) No employer shall, after the expiration of a firearm control card, employ the holder of the card in an armed capacity.

g) In addition to the other requirements of this Section, fingerprint vendor licensees shall provide the following in order to renew:

1) verification that the applicant's fingerprinting equipment and software meets all specifications outlined in Section 1240.600 and that the equipment has been scheduled for recertification if required by ISP, or the licensee has received notice from ISP that recertification is not required at the time of renewal. The licensed vendor shall maintain all correspondence or notices related to recertification of equipment that have been received from ISP for a period of 6 years since the last renewal of the vendor's license. The correspondence or notices shall be made available to the Division upon request. Current certification with ISP is a continuing requirement of licensure;

2) verification that the licensee currently maintains insurance in the type and amounts required in Section 1240.600. Insurance in the type and amounts required in Section 1240.600 shall be a continuing requirement for licensure;

3) the licensee shall provide proof, acceptable to the Division, that the requirements of subsections (g)(1) and (2) have been met.

(Source: Amended at 36 Ill. Reg. 9938, effective July 13, 2012)


Renewal Fees
$450 every 3 years for individuals.

Fingerprint fee $150 every 3 years.

The fee for the renewal of an agency license is $450 for the renewal period and the fee for the renewal of a branch office license is $200 for the renewal period.

Forms:
http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/apply/forms/pd-ex.pdf




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