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Cook County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Cook County Public Records?

Cook County public records Il, under the Freedom of Information Act, include all records regardless of form or characteristic, used in the performance of a government agency's official duty. Cook County public records are obtainable by sending requests to the respective record custodians in the county. However, the Freedom of Information Act provides some exceptions to public disclosure, including:

  • Trade secrets
  • Some law enforcement records
  • Juvenile records
  • Some medical records
  • Adoption records
  • Records considered private under federal or state law

Cook County Crime Statistics

The Illinois State Police (ISP) provides annual reports of crime statistics across the state. The 2018 report shows that Cook County recorded 160,421 offenses, including 2,499 cases of rape, 11,216 robberies, 629 criminal homicides, and 17,505 burglaries. The report also shows 573 cases of arson, 12,972 motor vehicle thefts, and 16 sex acts offenses. There was 1 case of servitude in 2018, the least committed crime, and 97,497 cases of theft, the most committed offense in the year. Overall, the county's 2018 crime rate was 3,090.9 offenses per 100,000 persons. Cook County's total number of offenses is a 3.8% reduction from 2017's 166,748.

Are Cook County Criminal Records Public?

Under Illinois law, Cook County criminal records are considered public. In compliance with the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act, Cook County residents may request and obtain criminal history information on persons in the county. The ISP provides a Criminal History Information Response (CHIRP) web portal for online requests. An interested party may also request application forms from the ISP for a name-based search. A name-based search costs $16, while fingerprint-based searches cost $20. Fingerprint-based requests may require additional fees for fingerprinting services. Note that requestors must use one of the ISP's licensed and approved live scan fingerprint vendors. For mail orders, send requests to:

Illinois State Police
Bureau of identification
P.O. Box 88727
Chicago, IL 60680-1727

How to Obtain Cook County Police Reports and Arrest Records

Residents may obtain Cook County arrest records and police reports from the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department (CCSPD). Through its Records Section, the CCSPD issues copies of reports to interested requestors. To obtain a Cook County police report or arrest record, persons may submit written requests or visit the CCSPD in person. Notwithstanding the request mode, the requestor must provide details of the desired record, such as the names of arrested persons or other persons involved, the incident date and location, charge details, and all other relevant information. The CCSPD's Records Section may charge copy fees for desired records. Interested persons may send written requests or visit using the following information:

Cook County Sheriff's Office
Attention: Records Section
3026 South California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (708) 865-4700
Email: CCSO.CCSPD@cookcountyil.gov

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Cook County

Information on Cook County sex offenders is obtainable through the Illinois State Police's sex offender registry. Residents can conduct a registry search by selecting Cook from the County drop-down menu and providing the sex offender's first name, last name, zip code, or city. Users may also specify an offender type and the person's current status. Publicly displayed information includes the person's full name, known aliases, date of birth, physical description, and address. The sex offender registry also shows crime information and the offender's photographs.

How to Find Cook County Inmate Records

Persons seeking Cook County inmate records may use the online inmate locator provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). To use the locator, requesters must enter the inmate's first name and last name or a booking number. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) also provides a public inmate search. Find inmates on the IDOC's registry by providing a last name, birthdate, or IDOC number. Available information includes the inmate's full name, date of birth, physical description, status, and location. Sentencing, admission, release, and discharge details are also available.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in the Cook County Jail?

The Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) allows family and friends of inmates to regularly visit the Cook County Jail. Visitation times and days differ depending on the inmate's housing location in the facility. To confirm an inmate's housing location, call (773) 674-5245. Alternatively, use the CCSO's online inmate locator. The first characters of each inmate's housing location (e.g., DIV08, DIV2) specify the division where the inmate is located. The second set of characters describes the inmate's living unit or tier, e.g., Q1, 2B. Using this information, prospective visitors may visit inmates according to the divisional visiting schedule as listed below:

Each intending visitor should be 18 years or older and must obtain an application from the CCSO. After submission, the CCSO will conduct a background check on the applicant to determine eligibility for visiting privileges. Note that the CCSO will deny an application if any of the following is true of the applicant:

  • 17 years old or younger
  • Application is submitted within the first year of the applicant's probation or parole
  • Under house arrest
  • Has an active criminal case, except for misdemeanor traffic cases
  • Discharged from a CCDOC or IDOC facility, or any other verified incarceration facility, within the past 60 days
  • Has an outstanding warrant
  • Has not maintained registration records as prescribed by law, e.g. violent offender or sex offender registry
  • Has a protective order on the inmate to be visited
  • Poses any other safety or security risks at the discretion of a CCSO supervisor

After approval, each visitor is restricted to one visit per week. At each visit, the visitor must provide a current and valid government-issued photo ID, which must match the ID used to apply. Visitors must not bring in contraband items such as food, drinks, and electronic devices. Persons who repeatedly violate any of the CCDOC's rules may permanently lose visitation privileges.

Court Records

Cook County has Circuit Courts and Administrative Adjudication systems that handle county cases. The Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction with authority over all county matters. On the other hand, the Administrative Adjudication systems handle ordinance violations. All trial courts in the county are consolidated in a unified court system, under the Office of the Chief Judge. For adequate management and administrative reasons, the Circuit Court is divided into six Municipal Districts.

Locations of Courts in Cook County

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Suite 1303
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6132
Fax: (312) 603-4211

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 106
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-4641
Fax: (312) 603-4722

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department (Branch Courts 23 & 50)
5555 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Phone: (773) 804-6101

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department (Branch Courts 29 &42)
2453 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 404-3304

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department (Branch Courts 34 & 38)
155 West 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Phone: (773) 373-8877

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department (Branch Courts 35 & 38)
737 East 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: (773) 982-3035

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department (Branch Courts 43 & 44)
3150 West Flournoy Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (773) 265-8915

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department (Central Bond Court)
Criminal Court Building
2600 South California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 674-5882

Cook County Circuit Court - 1st Municipal District – Criminal Department (Domestic Violence Court)
555 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 325-9498

Cook County Circuit Court – 1st Municipal District – Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Suite 1303
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-2000
Fax: (312) 603-2928

Cook County Circuit Court – 2nd Municipal District
Second Municipal District Courthouse
5600 Old Orchard Road
Room 136
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 470-7250
Fax: (847) 470-5049

Cook County Circuit Court – 3rd Municipal District
Third Municipal District Courthouse
2121 Euclid Avenue
Room 121
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (847) 818-3000
Fax: (847) 818-2706

Cook County Circuit Court – 4th Municipal District
Fourth Municipal District Courthouse
1500 Maybrook Avenue
Room 236
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 865-6040
Fax: (708) 865-4881

Cook County Circuit Court – 5th Municipal District
Fifth Municipal District Courthouse
1220 South 76th Avenue
Room 121
Bridgeview, IL 60455
Phone: (708) 974-6500
Fax: (708) 974-6384

Cook County Circuit Court – 6th Municipal District
Sixth Municipal District Courthouse
16501 South Kedzie Parkway
Room 119
Markham, IL 60428
Phone: (708) 232-4551
Fax: (708) 232-4682

Cook County Circuit Court – Chancery Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 802
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603) 5133
Fax: (312) 603-3020

Cook County Circuit Court – Child Protection Division
Juvenile Center Building
1100 South Hamilton Avenue
Room 13
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 433-6870
Fax: (312) 433-4463

Cook County Circuit Court – Civil Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 601
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-5116
Fax: (312) 603-3330

Cook County Circuit Court – County Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 1202
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-5731
Fax: (312) 603-3335

Cook County Circuit Court – Criminal Division
George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building
2650 South California Avenue
Room 526
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 674-3922
Fax: (773) 674-4444

Cook County Circuit Court – Domestic Relations Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 802
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6300
Fax: (312) 603-6336

Cook County Circuit – Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room CL-16
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-9233

Cook County Circuit Court – Juvenile Justice Division
Juvenile Court Building
1100 South Hamilton Avenue
Room 13
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 433-4881
Fax: (312) 433-6863

Cook County Circuit Court – Law Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 801
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6930
Fax: (312) 603-3348

Cook County Circuit Court – Probate Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 1202
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6441
Fax: (312) 603-6204

Arlington Heights Administrative Adjudication
Village Hall
33 South Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 368-5300

Barrington Administrative Adjudication
Village Hall Board Room
200 South Hough Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: (847) 304-3400

Berkeley Administrative Adjudication
Village Hall Board Room
5819 Electric Avenue
Berkeley, IL 60163
Phone: (708) 449-8840

Broadview Office of Adjudication
Village Hall Council Chambers
2350 South 25th Avenue
Broadview, IL 60155
Phone: (708) 345-8174

Buffalo Grove Administrative Adjudication Program
Village Hall Council Chambers
50 Raupp Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 459-2500

Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
740 North Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 742-4747
Fax: (312) 742-8248

Country Club Hills City Court
City Hall Council Chambers
4200 W 183rd Street
Country Club Hills, IL 60478
Phone: (708) 798-3191

Crestwood Red Light Camera Court
13840 South Cicero Avenue
Crestwood, IL 60418
Phone: (708) 371-4800

Des Plaines Division of Administrative Hearings
City Hall 1420 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: (847) 391-5303

Dolton Traffic Court
Harper Municipal Center
14014 Park Avenue
Dolton, IL 60419
Phone: (708) 84102533 (Police)
Phone: (708) 201-3263 (Housing)

Evanston Division of Administrative Hearings
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 448-8163
Fax: (847) 448-8164

Evergreen Park Red Light Camera Court
9420 South Kedzie Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Phone: (708) 422-2142

Glenview Administrative Adjudication
2500 East Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026
Phone: (847) 904-4302
Harvey Municipal Court
15320 Broadway Avenue
Harvey, IL 60426
Phone: (708) 210-5300

Hoffman Estates Office of Adjudication
Police Department
411 West Higgins Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phone: (847) 781-2800

Hometown Municipal Court
4331 Southwest Highway
Hometown, IL 60456
Phone: (708) 424-7500
Fax: (708) 424-7589

Homewood Office of Administrative Adjudication
Police Department
17950 Dixie Highway
Homewood, IL 60430
Phone: (708) 206-3430

Lemont Administrative Adjudication
Police Department
14600 127th Street
Lemont, IL 60439
Phone: (630) 257-2229
Fax: (630) 257-5087

Lincolnwood Administrative Adjudication Process
Village Hall Council Chambers
6900 North Lincoln Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 673-1540

Matteson Red Light Camera Court
20500 South Cicero Avenue
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: (708) 748-1564

Maywood Housing Court
40 Madison Street
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 450-4414
Phone: (708) 450-2288 (Parking Ticket Contests)

Midlothian Administrative Courts
14801 South Pulaski Road
Midlothian, IL 60445
Phone: (708) 389-0200

Norridge Adjudication Court
Village Hall
4000 North Olcott Avenue
Norridge, IL 60706
Phone: (708) 453-0800

Oak Park Office of Adjudication
Village Hall
123 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 358-5630

Orland Hills Municipal Hearings
Village Board Room
16039 South 94th Avenue
Orland Hills, IL 60487
Phone: (708) 349-4434

Palos Park Administrative Adjudication
Kaptur Administrative Center
8999 West 123rd Street
Palos Park, IL 60464
Phone: (708) 448-2191
Richton Park Property Maintenance Adjudication Court
4455 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, IL 60471
Phone: (708) 481-8950
Fax: (708) 481-9315

Skokie Administrative Hearing Program
Village Hall Council Chambers
5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 933-8270 (Code and Health Violation)
Phone: (847) 933-8423 (Vehicle and Parking Violations)

South Holland Local Court
16330 South Park Avenue
South Holland, IL 60473
Phone: (708) 331-3131

Stickney Office of Adjudication
6533 West Pershing Road
Stickney, IL 60402
Phone: (708) 788-2131
Fax: (708) 749-2742

Tinley Park Administrative Court
Jogmen Center – Tinley Park Police Department
7850 West 183rd Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: (708) 444-5300

Wheeling Administrative Adjudication Hearings
Village Hall
2 Community Boulevard
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: (847) 499-9049

Worth Municipal Court
Village Hall Board Room
7112 West 111th Street
Worth, IL 60482
Phone: (708) 448-3979
Fax: (708) 923-3749

Are Cook County Court Records Public?

Cook County courts provide public access to court records. Interested persons may send requests or visit in person to obtain Cook County court records. While most records are accessible, a court may seal records if the judge believes there is reasonable cause to do so. Records may not be publicly accessible if disclosure would interfere with safety or the court's judicial process. Also, juvenile records and adoption records are considered private. Access to these records is restricted to persons directly involved in the case.

Can You Look up a Cook County Court Case Online?

The Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides online access to court case information. The online database is an electronic docket with summaries of court documents and related court events. Using the online case search, residents may find the following:

  • Civil, Chancery, Law, and Domestic Relations/Child Support
  • Probate Docket
  • Probate Will
  • Traffic Tickets
  • County Division
  • Court Call
  • Unclaimed Child Support
  • Naturalization Declaration of Intention
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Surplus

Users may find electronic docket information by case number, name, filing date, and Cook County Attorney Code, depending on the type of search conducted. Note that information obtainable online is limited. The Illinois Supreme Court's Electronic Access Policy for Circuit Court Records of the Illinois Courts ensures that the general public cannot gain remote access to actual court case documents.

How to Obtain Cook County Court Case Records

Obtaining Cook County court records requires making requests to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Residents may obtain records in person or by mail. To obtain a court record by mail, download and complete the record search request form. Fill the form with the case number, the plaintiff and defendant's names, filing date, disposition date, and years to be searched. The form should also include the division, department, or district where the case originated and the requestor's contact details. The Clerk of the Circuit Court charges $9 per year and division, or per district. The first page of each record costs $2. The next 19 pages cost 50 cents each, while the remaining pages cost 25 cents each. Send the request to:

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-5030
Email: courtclerk@cookcountycourt.com

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays

Requestors may also visit the Clerk of the Circuit Court to inspect records or obtain copies in person. Inspecting court records require submitting a file request form and a valid government-issued photo identification card.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Cook County Vital Records?

Cook County vital records are records that contain life events such as marriages, divorces, births, and deaths. Vital records are created and preserved by government agencies and are disseminated to eligible requestors. Eligible persons may send written requests or obtain vital records in person.

Where and How to Obtain Cook County Divorce Records

The Clerk of the Circuit Court's Domestic Relations Division maintains records of divorces completed in the County. Cook County divorce records generally contain the plaintiff's complaint, the defendant's response, a certificate of evidence (testimony), and the court's final decree. Details also include settlement terms, grounds for the divorce, address, and occupation of parties, names, and dates of birth of the parties' children, and marriage date.

To obtain a Cook County divorce record, visit the court or send a written request. The requestor should provide the names of both parties and the divorce date. Send details or visit at:

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Attention: Domestic Relations Division
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Room 802
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6300
Fax: (312) 603-6336
Email: courtclerk@cookcountycourt.com

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays

Where and How to Get Cook County Marriage Records

The Cook County Clerk's Office keeps records of all marriages in the county. Under Illinois law, Cook County marriage records are not public records. Access is restricted to persons that can prove legal interest in the record.

The Cook County Clerk's Office offers standard, wallet, and commemorative certificates. To obtain a standard or wallet Cook County marriage certificate, complete the record request form, specifying the preferred type. Fill the form with the names of both partners and the date and place of marriage. A standard certificate costs $15 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy. A set of two wallet certificates costs $15. Note that wallet certificates are small credit card-sized records. Payment for mail requests is accepted via checks or money orders payable to the Cook County Clerk. Send the form with payment, a copy of a state-issued photo ID, and a self-addressed and stamped envelope to:

Cook County Clerk's Office
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 641070
Chicago, IL 60664-1070

For in-person requests, visit the Clerk's Vital Records Office at:

Cook County Building
118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Persons interested in commemorative Cook marriage certificates may only obtain them in person at the above address. Commemorative certificates cost $65 each.

Where and How to Find Cook County Birth Records

Requestors may obtain Cook County birth records from the Clerk's Office. Birth records are not public records and are only accessible by the subject named on the record and the subject's parents. The requesting parent must be listed on the record. Eligible persons may order by mail or in person. To order by mail, complete the birth certificate request form with the subject's full name, date and place of birth, and the full names of both parents. Cook County birth certificates cost $15 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy of the same record. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the "Cook County Clerk". Enclose a photocopy of a government-issued photo ID with the completed request form, payment, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive the record. Send the request to:

Cook County Clerk's Office
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 641070
Chicago, IL 60664-1070

To request in-person, visit the Clerk's Vital Records Office at the following address:

Cook County Building
118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Where and How to Find Cook County Death Records

Eligible requestors may obtain Cook County death records from the Clerk's Office. Death records are not public records and are only accessible to persons that can prove a direct and tangible interest in the record. Records are requestable in person or by mail.

To obtain a Cook County death certificate by mail, requesters must complete the death record request form with the decedent's full name, date of death, and place of death. Mail requests are payable by checks or money orders made out to the Cook County Clerk. The first copy costs $17. Additional copies of the same birth certificate cost $6. Send the form with payment, a copy of a government-issued ID, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Cook County Clerk's Office
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 641070
Chicago, IL 60664-1070

Alternatively, visit in person at:

Cook County Building
118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602