Thanks to consumer advocates and good-guy legislators, we can each get a free credit report from the big three credit bureaus.
Go to www.AnnualCreditReport.com to do it for free (don't go to the other sites which may try to rip you off) and you can view it online immediately.
They have data from 10 years ago. Everywhere you have ever lived -- and a few places you haven't. Freaky.
These credit bureaus are essentially unregulated, and the credit scores that they assign to us really affect our lives in a big way. I'm glad my buddy John Gaudette of Illinois PIRG is working with progressive state legislators on strengthening consumer protection laws. (For example: next time you buy something with a credit card in Illinois, check out the receipt and note that all the numbers of your account, except for the last four, are x'd out, so it looks like xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-6473. That's because of a state law that Illinois PIRG drafted and worked on. Pretty cool, huh?)
Anyway, exercise your right to check your credit report at www.AnnualCreditReport.com right now.
UPDATE: With a little first-hand research, I discovered that Representative John Fritchey worked this bill last session, slogging through endless objections from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. So thanks to Fritchey.