PEORIA COUNTY, Ill -- Are you going out to eat tonight or this weekend? You might first want to use a new tool from the Peoria City/County Health Department.
For years health inspections have been available to the public, but many people just didn't have easy access.
The Peoria City/County Health Department has recently changed that and now they are all online.
"They can read what's going on in that facility. They can look at the history of a facility, so they can get the big picture of what's happening there versus just seeing them, whether it be in the newspaper or some other avenue where someone is just looking for scores," said Wil Hayes at the Peoria City/County Health Department.
Raber's Packing Co. manager Henry Courdt is part of the Health Department advisory board that helped to get this going. Courdt thinks this helps to make businesses more transparent and benefits the consumer.
"I don't think a person or a business in the food safety should be ashamed of their score that they get when the health department comes in," said Courdt. "If they are ashamed, then they should have been doing something about it a long time before the health department was there."
Several area residents say they hadn't heard of it, but might look into it now.
"It should have been done a long time ago, I'm glad that they're doing it," said Peoria resident Rodney Douglas. "I've already got a few on my list that I would love to see."
To check out your favorite restaurants go to www.pcchd.org and click on the link on the home page.
Hayes added, "You can type in the name of a facility, if you want to see all the places in a certain date range, if you want to look at all the places in your town and then from there once you see the facility that you want you can click on it and you can look at all their inspections."