Kane County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Kane County recorded a total of 7,707 crimes in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics provided by the Illinois State Police. This represents a 13.2% drop in overall crime rate compared to the 2012 total. A closer look at the county’s 2016 crime data shows that there were 11 homicides, 137 rapes, 191 robberies, and 665 aggravated assaults. Incidences of property crimes include 1,018 burglaries, 5,341 thefts, 295 motor vehicle thefts, and 49 cases of arson.
The five-year crime trend for Kane County indicates that homicide, aggravated assault, and motor vehicle theft rates increased by 83.3%, 10.1%, and 19.4% respectively. In the same period, there were significant dips in rape (4.9%), robbery (12%), burglary (42.6%), theft (8.1%), and arson (39.5%) rates.
The Bureau of Identification of the Illinois State Police maintains criminal history records in the state. It allows members of the public to request and obtain criminal history background checks online and through a live scan fingerprint vendor. While a third-party vendor provides fingerprint-based criminal history checks, the Illinois State Police answers name-based inquiries on its Criminal History Information Response Process (CHIRP) web portal. Citizens of Kane County (and the rest of the state) need to log in on this portal using the names and passwords associated with their State of Illinois Digital IDs. For complete information about obtaining criminal history records from the State Police, visit the Criminal History Background Checks page on its website.
The Records Division of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office maintains all incident and accident reports for the county. To obtain traffic accident reports, come to the Records Division of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office located at 37W755 Illinois Route 38, Illinois. The office opens to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You should also call ahead on 630-232-6840 to ask about the availability of the record you seek. The Records Division charges $5 for each traffic accident report released.
The Kane County Sheriff’s Office only releases incident reports when requested via a court order or a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) form. Complete the FOIA Request Form on the Sheriff’s website. You may submit it online, by faxing it to 630-513-6984, in person at the Sheriff’s Office at the address during the business hours listed above, or by mail to:
Kane County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: FOIA Officer
37W755 IL Route 38, Suite A
St. Charles, IL 60175
Illinois law empowers the State Police to maintain a statewide database of registered sex offenders and make these information available to the public. Use the Offender Search function on the website of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry to find sex offenders residing in Kane County. Make sure to select Kane from the drop-down list of Illinois counties. Alternatively, visit the Kane County Sheriff’s Offender Search web portal. From this portal, you can search for registered sex offenders living, working, and attending school in Kane County. The search tool is also useful for finding information about non-compliant offenders.
The correctional facility in Kane County is the Adult Justice Center located at 37W755 Illinois Route 38, St. Charles. The Sheriff’s Office operates the county jail and provides a handy detainee search tool on its website to help members of the public locate inmates.
Friends and family can deposit money in detainees’ accounts by phone and in person. To fund an inmate’s account in person, come to the kiosks in the lobby area of the jail. This location is available at all hours and every day of the year. Cash deposits as well as debit and credit card payments are accepted at the kiosks. Call 1-866-232-1899 to deposit money by phone.
The Kane County Circuit Court makes up the Illinois’ 16thJudicial Circuit and has six courthouses all over the county. The contact information for these courts and the Circuit Clerk’s Office are below:
Kane County Circuit Court
Kane County Circuit Clerk Office
540 South Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
Kane County Circuit Court - Aurora Branch
1200 East Indian Trail Road, Aurora, IL 60505
Kane County Circuit Court - Courthouse
Kane County Courthouse
100 South 3rd Street, Geneva, IL 60134
Kane County Circuit Court - Elgin Branch
Robert Gilliam Municipal Complex
150 Dexter Court, Elgin, IL 60120
Kane County Circuit Court - Judicial Center
Kane County Judicial Center
37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175
Kane County Circuit Court - Juvenile Justice Center
Kane County Juvenile Justice Center
37W655 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175
Kane County Circuit Court - Kane County Branch
Kane County Branch Court
530 South Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
The Kane County Circuit Clerk maintains records for these courts. To view court records, use the search tools provided by the Circuit Clerk on the County’s website. Members of the public can also view and order copies of court documents by visiting the Research Department of the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 540 S. Randall Road, St Charles. Alternatively, they can send email requests to Research@co.kane.il.us.
The fee for the first page of court record copies is $2. The rate for the next 19 pages is 50 cents per page while each page beyond these costs 25 cents. Requesters are required to provide case numbers or pay $6 per case for the Research Department to help find these information. There Is an additional fee of $6 per year for retrieving archived records with no electronic copies.
The Kane County Circuit Clerk maintains all divorce records for the county. The steps to obtaining these records are the same as for obtaining other Circuit Court records. However, divorce records are only available to those involved and their chosen representatives. Visit the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 540 S. Randall Road, St Charles or send an email to Research@co.kane.il.us to find more information about obtaining divorce records.
Certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and civil union certificates are available from the Kane County Clerk. To obtain these vital records in person, visit the Kane County Clerk’s Office at:
719 S. Batavia Avenue, Building B
Geneva, IL 60134
The office opens from Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. except on Wednesday when it closes by 8:00 p.m. Bring along a photo ID and copy fee payment in cash, check, credit/debit card, or money order.
The County Clerk also accepts mail requests sent to:
Kane County Clerk, John A. Cunningham
719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg.
Geneva, IL 60134
Include a completed Certificate Request Form, a photocopy of a photo ID, and a check or money order for fees payable to Kane County Clerk. The fee for the first copy of a birth, marriage, or civil union certificate is $16. Each additional copy of the same record ordered alongside costs $6. The Clerk charges $20 for the first copy of a death certificate and $10 for each additional copy of the same record.