Supporting Victims of Crime
Illinois VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
The Attorney General is dedicated to providing victim-centered support, providing as much appropriate information when possible. VINE is a free, secure, and confidential way to access custody status and criminal case information about an offender or defendant.
In 1999, this office was authorized by state law to secure funding for, as well as implement, a statewide victim notification system. The Attorney General's Office received a federal "Victims of Crime Act" grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for the initial implementation of the Illinois VINE.
Illinois VINE operates through interfaces with the county jail booking systems, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and circuit court clerks throughout the state.
Illinois VINE is available online at www.vinelink.com, a public website that allows visitors to search for offender custody and case status.
Users can register online for notification of changes in an offender's custody and/or court case status. Notifications are available by email, text messages, phone calls, and through the VINE application for mobile devices.