Question: Can an employer run a credit check without my permission?Answer: An employer must have your written permission to check personal credit. Know that the prospective employer is supposed to give you a copy of the report and provide you with an opportunity to respond. If you do have a poor credit history, you should be prepared to explain your situation.For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/legal-faqs.