SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It just got easier for Illinois residents to search for tax liens.

In a news release, the state's Department of Revenue says it now has a searchable database where people can go to locate all active liens and releases filed by the department.

The department filed more than 39,000 liens in every Illinois county last year at a cost of about $700,000. IDOR Director Connie Beard says the electronic registry will reduce costs as well as speed up tax receipts going to state and local tax funds.

The Lien Registry is free and can be accessed through the "Quick Links" tab on the IDOR webpage and at tax.illinois.gov. Questions about the registry can be emailed to rev.lien@illinois.gov.