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Company Successfully Lobbies Government to Open Up Access to Public Records in Notoriously Inaccessible Cook County, IL

“People have shared concerns about Cook County access for years but no company was influential enough with the right vision to change the status quo. It took a business with the purpose and stature of InformData to move this forward."

InformData, LLC, the leading wholesale data provider to the background screening industry, and result of the 2021 merger of SJV Data Solutions and Wholesale Screening Solutions, announces the doubling of court records research terminals in often inaccessible Cook County, Illinois. The paucity of court records research terminals has been a chronic factor in slow turn-around times and general lack of people-data access required to make informed hiring, tenancy and career advancement decisions. Cook County has historically provided only 37 public records access terminals, a number that grossly underserves one of the most populous regions of Illinois. As a result of InformData’s efforts, Cook County has agreed to nearly double that count adding 30 new terminals in the coming weeks.

“I want to recognize the efforts of our data access team in working with the Cook County court system to secure these new terminals for all researchers,” said Scott Vanek, InformData CEO. “People have shared concerns about Cook County access for years but no company was influential enough with the right vision to change the status quo. It took a business with the purpose and stature of InformData to move this forward. This is one small but critically important example of InformData’s commitment to making people-data equitably accessible to all. We will continue pursuing this vision for a more open data industry and hope that CRAs and others who share our commitment to information access will join us.”

Using these new terminals, InformData will expand its direct-source data initiative, eliminating middlemen and providing more transparent information, with more efficiency and improving total cost of ownership for CRAs. While this is a step in the right direction, demand continues to exceed supply and InformData is committed to helping CRAs secure research in Cook County in a more predictable and reliable fashion.

InformData’s objective with its powerful product approach, 90+% direct source county coverage and CRA-friendly pricing models, is to bring CRAs closer to the data they need to compete for screening contracts while increasing reliability, performance and security to reduce the overhead associated with managing multiple data providers.

Access to direct-source data is provided through InformData’s API First Framework. Customers and 3rd party providers use secure digital hooks into direct-source data, built on productized intelligent access. The result is a future-proof, high-performance data ecosystem that provides CRAs with more visibility and control over the information they need. Treating people-data as a supply chain enables real-time monitors for critical metrics measuring data availability and request timelines and provides reporting that empowers CRAs to manage expectations, lower risk and scale request volume predictably.

InformData’s people-data ecosystem seamlessly integrates with both proprietary systems and all of the leading third-party background screening platforms and is available immediately to current customers using InformData’s data and data management systems as well as to new customers.

About InformData:

InformData is transforming how Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) help businesses make choices about hiring and maintaining their most valuable assets: people. Today, InformData, the leading independent wholesale provider of people-data, leads the background screening data industry in innovation, using an API first technology model, a supply chain methodology that puts CRAs closer to the data and metrics they need, and a simplified business model that eliminates transactional expenses and provides people-data the way businesses buy screening results from CRAs. InformData’s six targeted people-data solutions — Criminal Records and Court Data, Resume Verification, Medical Compliance, International Data, National Criminal Data and Continuous Court Records Monitoring — provide the most comprehensive background screening insights and empower CRAs to help their end-users make informed decisions. The entire InformData team is dedicated to creating the best products and to making the world a better-informed place. Be informed. Please visit

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