Delving into a developer's public records

How can you get the straight dope about the people behind a development? Before you believe everything you read from anonymous commenters, take some time to scour the public record.

Ric Cox of Chicago Condos Online points his readers to two stories in this week’s Skyline about a “deadbeat duo” and the numerous LLCs under which it has operated. Ric offers some simple instructions on how to look up an LLC’s certificate of good standing through the Secretary of State’s Web site. He also explains how to search Cook County Circuit Court dockets and Illinois State Board of Elections contributions records.

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