Cook County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Cook County recorded 153,604 crimes in 2015, the most recent year with a complete set of records. The most common crime that year was theft with 90,675 incidents. Among violent crimes, aggravated assault had the highest figure with 15,129 incidents. There were also 534 homicides, 1,911 rapes, and 11,217 robberies. Besides theft, other incidences of property crimes in Cook County include 20,550 burglaries, 12,547 motor vehicle thefts, and 1,012 arsons.

Compared to 2011 figures, the five-year crime trend for Cook County shows that homicide (6.4%) and aggravated assault (2.5%) rates rosewhile the incidences of other crimes decreased. Over the last five years, rape, robbery, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson reports declined by 3.7%, 30.3%, 46.5%, 21.8%, 45%, and 25.3% respectively.

There were 27,378 arrests in Cook County in 2015. A breakdown of the county’s arrest statistics shows that homicide, rape, robbery, and assault accounted for 306, 407, 2,060, and 2,630 arrests respectively. Property crime arrests include 1,902 bookings for burglary, 16,855 theft arrests, 3,094 for motor vehicle theft, and 97 arson arrests. Five-year crime arrest trend for Cook County shows that the only crimes to see more arrests by 2015 were motor vehicle theft (12.5%) and arson (12.8%). There were fewer homicide (7.3%), rape (20.2%), robbery (28.8%), aggravated assault (0.5%), burglary (47.4%), and theft (30.2%) arrests in 2015 compared to 2011.

Criminal Records

By Illinois law, the State Police is responsible for maintaining a registry of sex offenders currently living in all the counties of the state. Illinois’ Sex Offender Registration Act also empowers the State Police to make sex offender information available to the public. In accordance with this provision, the State Police hosts a searchable database of sex offender database on its website. Use the search functions of the Illinois Sex Offender Information page to find individual sex offenders. To see a complete list of all current registered sex offenders living in Cook County, select Cook from the drop-down of Illinois counties.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office oversees all jail operations and keeps inmate records. It provides a useful inmate locator service to help the public find individuals incarcerated in the county’s correctional facilities. Locate an inmate by providing his/her first and last names or booking number.

Court Records

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the official in charge of maintaining court records for Cook County. These records include case documents for civil, criminal, traffic, and probate cases. Some of the other court-generated documents available include divorce and mortgage records. Links to search tools for these court records are available on a central Online Case Search page. Residents of Cook County can also use the public access terminals at the courthouse located at the courthouse on 50 West Washington, Suite 1001, Chicago, IL to view digital copies of court documents.

The public can request for searches and copies of court documents in person and by mail. Send a mail request to:

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington, Suite 1001
Chicago, IL 60602

The Clerk charges $9 per year for record searches and $9 per certified copy of court documents. Copy fees include $2 for the first page, 50 cents per page for the next 19 pages, and 25 cents per page for remaining pages. Fees are payable by checks and money orders made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Public Records

The Cook County Clerk’s Office is the official in charge of keeping all vital records for the county. These include birth, death, civil union, and marriage certificates for events that occur in Chicago and other Cook County municipalities. The Clerk accepts in-person and mail requests for these records. To order a vital record by mail, download and complete a birth, death, civil union, or marriage certificate request form and send it to:

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

Include a photocopy of your photo ID, the required fee as a check or money order, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. To submit a request in person, visit any of these six locations of the County Clerk’s Office:

Downtown Chicago – Vital Records
50 W. Washington St.,
East Concourse Lower Level - Room 25
Chicago, IL 60602
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

West Suburbs – Maywood
1311 Maybrook Square
Room 104
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 865-6010
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Northwest Suburbs – Rolling Meadows
2121 Euclid Avenue
Room 238
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(847) 818-2850
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

North Suburbs – Skokie
5600 W. Old Orchard Road
Room 149
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 470-7233
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

South Suburbs – Markham
16501 S. Kedzie
Room 238
Markham, IL 60426
(708) 232-4150
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Southwest Suburbs –Bridgeview
10220 S. 76th Ave.
Room 238
Bridgeview, IL 60455
(708) 974-6150
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Clerk charges $15 for the first certified copy of a birth certificate and $4 for each additional copy ordered at the same time. This fee structure also applies for standard certified and wallet certificates of marriage and civil union. The fee for a commemorative copy of a civil union or marriage certificate is $65. The first certified copy of a death certificate gets a charge of $17 while the fee for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time is $6.