The lesson here: Be nosy.
Another resource is the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. If you need to look up a professional who holds a license, this is the place. The agency keeps records on many professionals, from doctors to accountants to home inspectors. If you want to see whether you psychologist's license has been suspended, you can simply look it up online (www.idfpr.com/license.asp).
For attorney licenses, check the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission's website (www.iardc.org). You can look up any
Lastly, don't forget about Google. A simple search can reveal a lot of information, and raise some red flags if there are any.
As they say, appearances can be deceiving. You don't necessarily need to hire a private investigator to look into someone's background, but don't blow it off either. Do your research up front to avoid disaster down the road.
Legal Tip Of The Day from Chicago lawyer Bradford Miller: Chicago has a unique ordinance applying to most landlord-tenant relationships. If you are a landlord in Chicago, make sure you read and follow the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance. Failure to follow the ordinance can result in significant damages being awarded to the tenant.
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